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3 College Student

Transportation: The bus takes a long time to pick up drunk people at parties.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The V-line bus around town was very helpful as a freshman without a car

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Needs more local and long distance transportation offered for students with no vehicle.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have my own method of transportation since I commute to school, so I wouldn't exactly know how to accurately rate the transit options.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: there are train/bus terminals close by but they're hard to get to.


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There is not much public transportation in Valpo, but campus transportation is much easier anyways. The V-Line will pick up students around campus and bring them to set spots around the city free of charge. The destinations include Wal-Mart, Target, the movie theater, the train station, and downtown. The Student Escort Service drives around and picks students up at any spot around campus, even the frat houses. One van goes off campus into the surrounding areas where many apartments are located. If you want a ride from one building to another, and want to make sure the van actually stops for you to get in, just dial L.A.I.D. on your phone. It runs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will take you anywhere within a 2-mile radius of campus.

Campus is small enough that during the day, transportation systems like buses available at state schools aren’t needed. You can easily walk from one end of campus to the other in 15–20 minutes. Downtown Valparaiso is accessible by walking 20 minutes, and once you’re downtown, everything is spread across three or four blocks. Only if you need to get to the north end of town or to neighboring Merrillville does a ride or a car becomes necessary. Freshmen are not typically allowed cars, so make friends with an upperclassman if you ever need a ride. If you break your leg or something of the sort, the Valparaiso University Police Department can take you to class if necessary.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Catch a ride with a friend (or bribe an upperclassman)
  • Drive your car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • CoachUSA/Tri-State Coach Lines, from Merrillville to O'Hare or Midway (219) 944-1200 or (800) 248-8747
  • Ride to South Shore Line which goes into Millennium Station in Chicago.
  • Take a cab or get a ride to the Gary Airport. A cab ride to the airport costs around $85 (Midway), $95 (O' Hare), or $40 (Gary).
  • The bus stops in the K-Mart parking lot on US 30 in Merrillville.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Valpo Escort Van
(219) 464-6040
Daily 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Valparaiso City Transit System

(219) 476-9393

Coach USA Tri-State

Shuttle to the Midway and O'Hare airports

ChicaGo Dash

Express service between Valparaiso and Chicago

(877) 7GO-DASH

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

O'Hare International Airport

10000 W. O'Hare

(312) 953-1422

Midway International Airport

5700 S. Cicero Ave.

(773) 582-8239

Gary-Chicago Airport

Located about 22 miles from campus.

6001 Industrial Highway

(219) 949-9722

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


There is not a Valparaiso bus terminal for Greyhound, but there is one in Gary, Ind.

1000 W. Fourth Ave., Gary

(800) 229-9424 or (219) 886-3041

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Union Station

Valparaiso does not have an Amtrak station. Take the NICTD commuter train (the South Shore Line) into Chicago and use the Chicago Amtrak station.

225 S. Canal St., Chicago

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

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

  • 40% 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.
  • 4% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

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

  • 8% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 58% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 14% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 31 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 29 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 30 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 66 responses

  • 38% Very easy.
  • 56% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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