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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Students can bring their cars if they want. Most places are in convenient locations.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: You don't need a car as a freshman, but it's nice to have one on-campus if possible.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have a TRANSPO bus system that's free for students (and goes to most parts of town). Bikes are great too if you have them, I can really go about anywhere in the area.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses don't go many places. Cabs for $3 for students for parties.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: transportation includes public bus which runs to various locations in the city and taxis. Bus has convenient and frequent pick-up times. Taxis only available by phone call; price typical. Bus transportation to airports for breaks and vacation very convenient, many pick-up times and good price for distance.


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Although the phrase "public transportation" brings to mind bad images for many people, students agree that the cost helps you to overlook the conditions-buses are actually free with your Notre Dame ID. Unfortunately, the bus lines don't go to many places that students want to visit. Use them to see the mall or to get out of town for awhile. The constant presence of taxi cabs on campus is a definite plus, especially on weekends. Rides off campus are a mere two dollars, and you can get to some of the best party spots this way. It's best to split a cab with friends, not only because of the reduced rates but because it's easier to cope with the near-death experience of a taxi ride this way.

As far as availability and affordability, there's little to complain about with Notre Dame's public transit. Perhaps the greatest part of it, however, is that it is largely unneeded. The University's facilities make trips off campus fairly rare occurrences, other than for visiting the occasional bar or party. With the availability of student parking, automobiles remain the rides of choice whenever you do have to leave campus. If you ever need to get somewhere, however, it's good to know that you have the option.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Shuttle buses
  • Taxi cabs
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the Airport costs anywhere between $7 a person (if you're sharing the cab) to $20 dollars for one person.
  • South Bend Regional Airport is located about 5 miles, or a 20-30 minute drive, from the University. The easiest way to get there is to take Route 31, south of Notre Dame, to the Lincoln Highway West. From there, make a right onto Maplewood Ave., a left onto Commerce Dr., and then another left onto Progress Dr. Then follow the airport signs straight ahead.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

United Limo Parking Lot Shuttle

Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Transportation Services

115 Maintenance Center -

(574) 631-6467

Notre Dame/St. Mary's Campus Shuttle

Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-10:15 p.m., Friday evenings 10:20 p.m.-2:15 a.m., Saturday evenings 9:00 p.m.-2:15 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

South Bend Public Transportation Corporation

(219) 232-9901

901 E. Northside Blvd. - South Bend, IN 46624

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

South Bend Regional Airport

4477 Progress Dr.

(574) 282-4590

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


4671 Terminal Dr., South Bend

(574) 287-6542

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


2702 W. Washington St., South Bend

(574) 288-2212

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 93 responses

  • 25% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 30% 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.
  • 2% 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 93 responses

  • 9% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 19% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 49% 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.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 40 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 40 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 39 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 92 responses

  • 14% Very easy.
  • 59% Fairly easy.
  • 22% Fairly difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.
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