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3 College Junior

Transportation: Downtown is walking distance from campus. There is the campus transit that takes you anywhere on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Busses are good, not perfect. Lots of options to get around campus. Megabus rides to Atlanta.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are great on the weekdays, although they can be very crowded when class time change comes around. On the weekend, it's pretty hard to catch a bus. I don't really use other transportation, but the taxis are a bit overpriced. Downtown and Milledge Avenue are not far from each other, but each person needs to pay $5 for a ride in a taxi.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: So depending on what time you take the buses they are great. They're necessary to get to and from some classes. However they get ridiculously packed sometimes.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus systems run relatively smoothly. The later it gets in the day, the less reliable they are. They run infrequently at night but do parallel with the class schedule. Between home and school there are me many options if you don't have a car.

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The UGA buses run efficiently and are a great way to get around UGA’s sprawling campus. Students who don’t have a parking permit can take the Athens City Transit buses to and from campus for free by scanning their UGA IDs. The buses usually require a long wait, and it’s just a bad situation for all students when it’s hot and crowded. Often, in the ten minutes before any given class starts, the buses become a very hot commodity--you may even get on a bus to only immediately hop off because there just isn’t enough space. If you don’t have a car, try to bum rides from your friends. The cabs here can be a little pricey, and even a bit shady, but if you need a ride home from someone who is slightly less buzzed than you, then our cabbies will do just fine.

Having Hartsfield airport an hour and a half away is convenient for out-of-staters and anyone going abroad or on spring break trips. Students routinely find departing flights to just about any destination from Atlanta. Getting to the airport is not really complicated. Every weekend there is someone going home to the Atlanta metro area, so it is super simple to hitch a ride when needed. Overall, UGA is so centrally located, and the downtown area so close, that it is easy to get by without your own set of wheels, at least for a few years.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Athens is a car-friendly and bike-friendly town. Downtown parking is limited, so carpooling is a good idea if you're going in a group. Bikes are great for getting around quickly, and many major roads have bike lanes.
  • The bus is the main option for people choosing public transportation.
  • On campus, it's sometimes faster just to walk rather than catch what is sure to be a crowded bus.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $90.
  • AAA Airport Express offers a regularly scheduled shuttle service between Atlanta and Athens. The van can drop you off at various hotels, and costs $30 per person each way. AAA airport express also offers group rates. (404) 767-2000
  • Atlanta Arrangements has 10-passenger vans or minibuses available with seating for up to 22 people. This service costs $250-$350. (404) 443-5959
  • Daytime Transportation Inc. also offers transportation for groups of 10-15. (770) 939-2337
  • Odds are, your roommate will be from the greater Atlanta area, so you can always bum a ride with him or her if you need to get to the airport.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

UGA buses

Monday- Friday 7 a.m.-12:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Athens Transit

Athens Transit buses travel through the major shopping locations and many neighborhoods, as well as into the University of Georgia campus and downtown. Routes extend into the far eastern corners of Clarke County on Lexington Road, to the west as far as Georgia Square Mall, and to the north, encompassing the Athens Area Technical Institute. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.-7:15 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


220 W Broad St.

(706) 549-2255

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 300 responses

  • 73% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 3% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 299 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 8% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 87% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 150 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 149 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 149 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 299 responses

  • 37% Very easy.
  • 59% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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