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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The schedule is a little difficult

2 College Junior

Transportation: Don't take the Fred. Don't do it. Make a friend with a car

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Fred bus is very helpful.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: you get free bus rides but the busses are run at only certain hours and is the whole towns bus system so you never know who will be on them . I find that you can only use them on the weekends because they are so unreliable and its better to stay close and walk or find a friend with a car.

1 College Sophomore

Transportation: First years can't have cars. Parking passes are very expensive and spots are limited. You'll spend 15 minutes daily trying to find a spot. Most upperclassmen leave campus on weekends and drive to a different college (hence the campus is always so vacant when you visit) because there is NOTHING TO DO HERE.
Downtown has some restaurants and antique shops but that gets boring after about a month of so. Try doing that for 4 years.
A car is a must so you can leave this place on weekends to find stuff to do. OR, the alternative is to save yourself four years and not go to the school.

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As a new student at UMW, it is common to feel marooned without a car. A common question is, "How do I get from here to there?" Try to make upperclassman friends so you can snag a ride every once in a while, or bring your bike from home. If you choose not to, walking is always an option and actually one that a considerable amount of students take.

The public transportation is not big here. The "FRED bus" is known to be unreliable because you never really know where it's going or when it's going to arrive at your destination. However, it is still a usable source and convenient because it's free—it's just not the best. In terms of long-distance transportation, there is a sketchy-looking-but -entirely-efficient Amtrak station downtown. The station is about a 20-minute walk, and the cost varies, depending on where your destination is. The most frequent complaint in terms of transportation at this school is the lack of parking available to students on or off campus. Given that, police give out tickets like there is no tomorrow. The parking garages on campus are probably the safest bet for ticket-free parking, but it still requires that you have a pass.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Car or carpool
  • The FRED bus (free for students)
  • They say you never forget how to ride a bike. Or walk.
  • Taxi
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab or a shuttle is your best bet.
  • Taxi service is available to the airports, with pickup at the University and delivery to the airline terminal for $130 to $150.
  • Try to carpool with people who live in your hometown.
Local Taxi Services
Taxi service is available 24 hours a day. Some options include Hilldrup Taxi (540) 373-8294, Virginia Cab Service (540) 373-8555, and Bumbrey's Cab (540) 373-6111.
Did You Know?
Downtown Fredericksburg is considered bike-friendly due to its wide one-way streets, so don't be hesitant in bringing a bike-it can be useful!

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Eagle Patrol
(540) 654-4444
Daily 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Fredericksburg Regional Transit

FRED buses are free to students.

(540) 372-1222

1400 Jefferson Davis Highway

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Reagan National Airport

This airport is about an hour from campus.

1 Aviation Circle, Washington, D.C.

(703) 417-8600

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is located in downtown Fredericksburg.

2217 Princess Anne St.

(540) 371-2103

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is about a five-minute drive from campus.

200 Lafayette Blvd.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 67 responses

  • 13% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 33% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 10% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 27% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 6% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 29% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 54% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% 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 32 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 31 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 32 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 64 responses

  • 23% Very easy.
  • 59% Fairly easy.
  • 11% Fairly difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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