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5 College Junior

Transportation: You have many options from public transportation to Vandy Van to Zip Cars

4 College Senior

Transportation: I never struggle to get anywhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Airport is very close by which helps. Not much else in terms of public transportation though.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's easy and usually cheap to get around town--even free if you're a walker.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Vandy Vans only run from 5pm-5am so there aren't many options to getting around campus during the day. The public bus only runs on the streets outside campus so they aren't the best option, unless you want to go somewhere off campus

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The Nashville public transportation system is not incredibly effective. Though there is a bus system, it isn't very convenient, nor do students utilize it on a regular basis. Students will use their own car, borrow a car, or split a
cab fare.

While it may seem discouraging that Nashville's public transit system won't help you very much at Vandy, it is important to realize that campus is right next to downtown, and it's in walking distance of anything you need. Unless you're going downtown all alone, which is unlikely, the cost will be very low even without a subway or a good bus system.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Cab
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $20.
  • From Vandy, just take I-40 east for about 15 minutes. The University will occasionally run shuttle service from freshmen residence halls before major breaks, but the best way to get to the airport if you don't have a car or know someone who does is to split the cab fare between a few friends.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Vandy Vans

The shuttle bus program administered by the Vanderbilt Police Department runs various timed route around campus. For more information, visit:

Daily 5 p.m.-5 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Nashville Metro Bus system

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Nashville International Airport (BNA)

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Nashville Bus Station

200 8th Ave. S, Nashville

(615) 255-3556

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Fulton Train Station

There is not an Amtrak station in Nashville. The closest one is in Fulton, KY, about 3 hours away.

21 Newton Rd., Fulton

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 81 responses

  • 53% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 21% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 22% 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.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 83 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 73% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 16% 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 35 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 34 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 34 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 83 responses

  • 31% Very easy.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 17% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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