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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a lot of great stuff to do around blacksburg but you can't get there without a car

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is awesome. There are various bus routes that extend to most of the off campus apartments, making it very convenient. They show up on campus every 5-10 minutes. They are pretty clean for public transportation. I used the bus system everyday at school this year and I never once had a problem.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have a public, city bus that students get to ride for free; it's included in our tuition. We also have an airport only ten miles away!! The student body is nice, and I'm sure anyone would be more than happy to car pool with someone to school.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The Blacksburg Transit is free to students and runs to endless locations in Blacksburg and neighboring town Christiansburg. Pick up times are frequent, and rarely are the buses overcrowded.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: It's easy to catch a ride if you live in Northern Virginia. MegaBus is a town over and there are no train systems near southwest Virginia


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Virginia Tech has a large campus spread across 2,600 acres. In the middle of campus lies the Drillfield with buildings, dorms, and dining halls surrounding it. To walk from a class on one side of the campus to the other side usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Blacksburg Transit (BT) is the bus system that services Virginia Tech students and the residents of Blacksburg. Students show their student ID (Hokie Passport) in order to ride a bus; the fee is included in tuition. The Hokie Express BT route ferries Tech students around the Drillfield and to other parts of campus. Other BT routes go out to most of the apartment complexes off campus, as well as to the University Mall (location of the Math Emporium) and to the Wal-Mart in Christiansburg. Still, many students get used to walking around campus and downtown Blacksburg, or they choose bikes over riding the bus.

On the weekends, the BT is the most used way to get to parties, but bus service ends around 2 a.m. Students can also get around to parties using designated drivers provided by the fraternities, or by calling a cab. Hooptie Ride is a cab company specially designed for college students. For trips home or to other universities, Virginia Tech has the Home Ride service. This bus is only available for college students and picks riders up on campus in front of the library or Cassell Coliseum. This bus service takes students to Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Tidewater, and Northern Virginia. Students at Tech rave about the BT, since it's usually much easier to take the bus than to try parking on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike - Blacksburg widened roads around town and added bike lanes.
  • Blacksburg Transit - Buses come to stops every eight to fifteen minutes.
  • Vespa/scooter - There is always someplace to park a motorcycle or similar vehicle.
  • Walk - Almost everything in Blacksburg is just 15 minutes away from wherever you are, so walking is often an option.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs between $65 and $70.
  • Blacksburg Taxi (540) 552-6671
  • Roanoke Airport Limousine Service (800) 288-1958
  • The Smart Way Bus (800) 388-7005

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Safe Ride

(540) 231-SAFE

Dusk to dawn everyday

Home Ride of Virginia

Offers service from Virginia Tech to Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, Tidewater, Charlottesville, and Richmond.

Leaves Friday afternoon, returns Sunday

Hokie Express (Blacksburg Transit)

(540) 961-1803

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Blacksburg Transit

Monday-Wednesday 6:30 a.m.-12:45 a.m., Thursday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-2:45 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2:45 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-11:15 p.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Roanoke Regional Airport

Roanoke is about a 45-minute drive from Blacksburg. The airport is small, which makes arriving at and departing from the airport very easy.

5202 Aviation Dr. NW

(540) 362-1999

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Home Ride at Virginia Tech

Home Ride is a bus service that only serves college students. Buses leave on Fridays, picking up passengers in front of Newman Library and Cassell Coliseum. The bus stops in Hampton, Richmond, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Vienna.

620 N Main St. Suite 304

(540) 953-2266 or (800) 553-6644

Greyhound Station in Roanoke

The nearest Greyhound station is in Roanoke, Virginia. The Smart Way bus provides transportation to Roanoke for only $3.

RWS of Roanoke Inc., 26 Salem Ave. SW

(540) 343-5436

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 229 responses

  • 79% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 17% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 3% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% 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 229 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 86% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 6% 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 99 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 99 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 98 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 228 responses

  • 46% Very easy.
  • 51% Fairly easy.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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