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4 College Student

Transportation: It is easily accessible and cheap for students

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2 College Senior

Transportation: Campus is walkable... but most students do not live on campus. The city bus is awful, and even though you can ride for free, I don't recommend it for getting around town. Cars are a must for getting around our widely spaced out city. We don't have a subway, and though there are bike paths around downtown, we're not what I'd call "bike friendly". Campus isn't too far from the local airport, but our airport isn't as "international" as it claims to be. Louisville has a pretty major public transportation issue!!

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have rode the tarc numerous times, but it can be tricky. I once missed my second bus and had to walk 7 miles to my destination due to the drivers negligence.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: I get on bus for free by student id card.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Tarc bus is free to all U of L students which is very convenient when you don't want to drive and go to places close to campus.


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Louisville is spread out, so it's just not practical to walk everywhere. Luckily, the city has a good public transportation system. The TARC bus system is especially beneficial to U of L students because students can take a bus anywhere in Louisville and even into southern Indiana for free with their student ID. The problem with TARC is that getting somewhere can get complicated. Sometimes you have to change buses two or three times before you get where you want to go. So, if you're looking for a simpler way to get around and you don't have a car, find a friend who will drive you around. With more than 16,000 students with cars on campus, you shouldn't have any trouble.

Even though you can't walk all over Louisville on foot, there are certainly places within walking distance of campus. There are quite a few restaurants next to campus, such as Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill, Bearno's Pizza, McDonald's, Old Louisville Coffee House, and Taco Bell. If you can't walk to your destination, don't have a friend who can drive you, and don't want to take the bus, then call a cab. There are more than enough taxi services in the area to choose from, but the truth is that most students don't take them. So, take your pick: drive yourself, have a friend drive you, take the bus, walk, or take a cab. Surely with all of these options, you'll find some way to get where you’re going.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive or find a friend with a car
  • TARC buses
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
TARC runs between downtown and the airport, so students can simply take the bus for free.
Local Taxi Services
There are plenty of taxi services around, but most U of L students don't take cabs anywhere unless they're desperate.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Department of Public Safety
(502) 852-6111
Daily 6 p.m.-5 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Belknap Shuttle

The Black Loop starts at the stadium and makes several stops around campus, including Ekstrom Library, the SAC, and the School of Business. Many students who park in the stadium lot use this shuttle. A bus is scheduled to come every 6 to 9 minutes.

Monday-Thursday 6:40 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday 6:40 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Students who show their U of L ID can ride anywhere on the bus for free.

(502) 585-1234

1000 West Broadway

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Louisville International Airport

The airport is less than 6 miles from campus.

600 Terminal Dr.

(502) 361-2515

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Station Building

The station is open 24 hours daily and is 3 miles from campus.

720 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

(502) 561-2805

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Station Building

The Amtrak station is in the same building as the Greyhound station. It is a 3-mile trip from campus.

720 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 121 responses

  • 57% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 27% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 12% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 120 responses

  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 72% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 10% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 60 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 60 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 60 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 119 responses

  • 34% Very easy.
  • 58% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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