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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Students ride for free with their student ID.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Airport is out of town. Ok as long as it's not rush hour.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The on campus shuttle's are great. Public Transportation is AMAZING. UT students get free bus fair which means you can go all over the enitre city FOR FREE. It was incredibly useful whenever I wanted to go downtown, or needed to get to Zilker Park during Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The timing can be a bit off, but its a solid service.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There are free shuttles that go from every part of campus to places where most people live. They run very frequently and can be crowded at times regardless, especially the West Campus bus, which runs every 7 minutes. On top of that, city buses are free for students, so you can pretty much get anywhere, especially as Austin's public transportation grows very quickly. There are regional rails, express buses, and Megabus to take you to surrounding Texas cities. I really like the Airport Flyer as well that takes you from campus to the airport for free.


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Transportation is one of the things that Austin and the UT campus do pretty well. Students can ride the UT shuttle buses as well as Capital Metro routes free with their student IDs. There are several cab companies in Austin, and they are easy to reach by phone. They are generally very fast when you call them except for peak times—Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when everyone wants to go downtown. At those times, there is a longer wait, and there are many people fighting over the same cabs downtown trying to leave bars at 2 a.m. When you are trying to get downtown or leave downtown, call a cab early to minimize your waiting time.

The E-Bus is also a great option if the cabs are taking too long, and it is free. However, it only runs from 6th Street to West Campus and to Riverside. The downside to the UT shuttle buses is that you can sometimes wait for a long time for a bus, and if you don’t leave in enough time for your class, you could be late. This is particularly true with the West Campus bus—if you don’t time it just right, it could have been faster just to walk to class.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Capital Metro
  • Drive your own car
  • Take a cab
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Take a cab-a ride to the airport from campus costs around $20.
  • Take Airport Boulevard South to Highway 71, go east on 71 until you hit the ABIA exit.
  • Take I-35 South to Ben White/Highway 71 exit, go east on Ben White/Highway 71, then follow 71 until you see signs for the airport and take the ABIA exit.
  • Take I-35 South to Riverside Drive exit, go east on Riverside to Highway 71, then follow 71 until you see signs for the airport and take the ABIA exit.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

T Shuttle Routes - - Shuttle Routes: Burton Drive (BD), Crossing Place (CP), Cameron Road (CR), Disch Falk (DF), Far West (FW), 40 Acres (FA), Intramural Fields (IF), Lake Austin (LA), Lake Shore (LS), Pickle Research Campus (PRC), Red River (RR), West Campus (WC), Wickersham Lane (WL)

(512) 474-1200

Public TransitWhat's This?

Capital Metro Transit

(512) 474-1200 or (800) 474-1201

2910 E. 5th St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Austin Bergstrom International Airport

Non-Stop Service to Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Chicago (O'Hare), Cincinatti (International), Cancun, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth (Dallas/Love Field), Denver, Detroit (DTW), El Paso, Harlingen, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Houston (Hobby), Las Vegas (International), Los Angeles, Lubbock, Memphis, Mexico City, Midland/Odessa, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New York/Newark, Orlando, Phoenix (International), St. Louis (International), Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose, and Tampa.

3600 Presidential Blvd.

(512) 530-3300

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Austin Greyhound station is located 3.6 miles (about 10 minutes) north of campus.

916 E. Koenig Ln.

(512) 458-4463 or (800) 229-9424

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Austin Amtrak station is located 2.6 miles (about 10 minutes) southeast of campus.

250 N. Lamar Blvd.

(512) 476-5684 or (800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 390 responses

  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 25% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 390 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.
  • 81% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% 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 192 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 191 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 191 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 390 responses

  • 30% Very easy.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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