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4 College Student

Transportation: We have free shuttles that transport most of the students to their outside living and it also helps us get around off campus as well.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: airport only goes to two cities

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting around town is super easy if you have a car. If you don't have a car... get a car or make friends with someone who has a car.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Air transport from Chicago to Columbia's regional airport is expensive.

Bus transport between the two towns is available but times of departure/arrivals are limited as well as length of travel is lengthy at approximately 8 hours.

There is no direct rail transport between the two towns. One must travel from Columbia to St Louis then to Chicago.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I don't really use the transportation too much, but when I do it's convenient.


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Public transportation is prominent in Columbia. Buses run throughout the city, and cabs are readily available. Cabs are used on the weekends by students who need a designated driver from parties or bars. The cab fare is not that expensive, especially when shared between multiple people. STRIPES (Supporting Tigers Riding in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety), a safe-ride service, is also used by MU students frequently.

Commuter students park in lots on the outskirts of campus and take a shuttle to the bookstore. The average charge for parking is $120 a year; this includes the bus fees, so students don't have to pay to ride the bus from the parking lot to campus. Shuttles run about every 10 to 15 minutes; during the winter, they are more frequent because of the temperature. The shuttles are available at some off-campus housing, and fees are included in the rent. Students utilize these shuttles often.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bus
  • "The drunk bus"
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $60.
  • MO-X (shuttle service to the airport)
  • Tiger Air Express
Local Taxi Services
Students can call Yellow Cab for taxi services. The more people you have using the taxi (who can split the fare), the less it will cost each person.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

STRIPES (Supporting Tigers Riding in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety)
(573) 882-1669
Thursday-Saturday 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Shuttle Bus Service

Students can get a complete schedule at the parking office.

(573) 882-4568

Monday through Friday when classes are in session

In 20-minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., one expanded route from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Columbia Transit

(573) 874-7282

126 N. 10th St. (10th and Ash Streets)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

This airport is about two hours away from Columbia.

10701 Lambert International Blvd., St. Louis

(314) 426-8000

Kansas City International Airport

This airport is about two hours away from Columbia.

601 Brasilia Ave., Kansas City

(816) 243-5237

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


611A Big Bear Blvd.

(573) 449-2416

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This Amtrak station is about 30 minutes from campus.

101 Jefferson St., Jefferson City

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 169 responses

  • 44% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 43% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 4% 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 168 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 11% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 76% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 11% 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 86 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 86 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 85 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 168 responses

  • 33% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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