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3 College Senior

Transportation: The megabus is a pretty good resource for long-distance travel, but there are no on-campus stops. The tickets for megabus vary and can be purchased pretty cheap, but can also get pretty expensive during peak days and times (i.e. holidays). The airport isn't very close to campus and can make travel a pain, it would be nice if the University offered a shuttle service for students to sign-up for.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The shuttle, and public transportation make getting around campus a lot easier. There are also bikes that are abled to be rented for brief periods of time.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have used the campus shuttle and public buses to get to campus, both are okay. The campus shuttle can run a little late sometimes.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The Metro transit system provides easy access to the airport. It takes smooth fast ride of 15 minutes to get to the airport. It's not a crowded ride and very cheap as well. But the busline and the campus connector system is terrible. It's always crowded on the campus connector. The city buses have scary looking thugs on them.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Since the campus is so big, they are great about public transportation--there are campus connectors, which are full buses, and they give discounted bus passes for the city bus. They also make the campus very bike friendly.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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The campus of the University of Minnesota often intimidates students in its vastness. Getting from one place to another, at first, seems like a hassle. But students quickly get used to walking, biking, or utilizing the bus services. The Campus Connector is a free bus service that connects East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses, with many stops along the way. However, the Minnesotan government has issued construction of a light rail through campus (Washington Avenue) to St. Paul. Thus, the Connector and city bus routes have been recently altered. It has become very inconvenient for people to use the connectors and other city buses that used to run in the posh Washington Avenue area. This project is a hassle for current students, but the light rail will be a good addition to campus after it's completed in 2014. 

Around the city area, Metro Transit provides convenient and cheap services between the cities and suburbs. Many routes run every 15 to 30 minutes, making them convenient for student use. Many students prefer to bike and take advantage of bike lanes that are built in within many busy roads. Otherwise, students just walk around campus enjoying the weather in the fall and spring. The light rail is a good service to take advantage of when going to the Mall of America or the airport and other areas. Things get difficult during the winter while waiting for a bus or a connector. Buses usually run on time, but they can be late when snow comes around—so be prepared. Students should always give themselves extra time to get to class and other destinations to have room for transportation delays.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • 16, 50, 2, and 3 bus lines
  • Bicycles
  • Campus Connectors
  • Light rail
  • Walking
  • Skateboard/longboard
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • The cheapest way to get to the airport is by taking the light rail. However, it takes a little longer to get to the airport due to numerous stops.
  • The easiest way to get to the airport is by a cab. The fare averages around between $30 and $40.
Local Taxi Services
Suburban Taxis are very popular service in the area. Information can be found on
Did You Know?
A bus service provides a transfer ticket, which is valid for two-and-a-half hours after the original ticket is purchased. It is helpful when a student is off campus for a short amount of time, or if he or she is in need of transfer buses and does not want to pay multiple times. More information can be found on the Metro Transit website.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Gopher Chauffeur
(612) 388-6911
Friday-Saturday 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Security Monitor Program
(612) 624-9255
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Connectors

There are several bus lines called Connectors that are made just for University students. They will circulate between all three campuses on five-minute, 15-minute, 20-minute, and 30-minute intervals.

(612) 626-7275 administrative office

(612) 625-3033 fleet office

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-12 a.m.

Campus Circulators

Buses run on 10-minute, 15-minute, and 20-minute intervals.

(612) 626-7275 administrative office

(612) 625-3033 fleet office

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metro Transit

Pick up bus schedules at Blegen Hall Convenience Store or the Parking and Transportation Services building.

(612) 373-3333

(612) 341-0140 ride and schedule information

(612) 349-7439 Lost and Found

560 Sixth Ave. N, Minneapolis

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Lindbergh Terminal)

4300 Glumack Dr., St. Paul

(612) 726-5555

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Humphrey Terminal)

7150 Humphrey Dr., Minneapolis

(612) 726-5555

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


950 Hawthorne Ave., Minneapolis

(612) 371-3325

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


730 Transfer Road, St. Paul

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 253 responses

  • 65% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 30% 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.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 253 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 2% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 74% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 22% 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 130 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 130 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 130 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 253 responses

  • 38% Very easy.
  • 57% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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