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3 College Senior

Transportation: The bus route schedule is too far apart.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus is okay, get friends with cars, or your own.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The on-campus transportation is very useful to students. They have many bus stops and even a bus that runs on weekends around the campus for people drinking or not wanting to drive to and from parties. Plus it is all included in tuition, so is seemingly free.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus buses are somewhat reliable, but there are not many parking spaces available for students who have cars on campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: many buses that take you where you have to go


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Most students at Western choose to bring their own car and not utilize public transportation. It is easier and provides more flexibility and freedom. However, if students don't bring a car, there are many other great options available. WKU shuttles provide service to Wal-Mart, Target, the mall, Barnes & Noble, etc. There is also a shuttle that drives the loop around campus, for those too intimidated by the hill, and a shuttle out to South Campus, too. The best part is that all of these services are provided free of charge. 

There are a few other options for students, if they choose not to use the campus shuttle or their own personal vehicles. There is a Bowling Green shuttle that will take students to many more places around town, with a discount for people who present a WKU student ID. There is also a taxi service, although this is definitely not the most cost-effective transportation.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Driving your car
  • Carpool
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Although there is an airport in Bowling Green, very few flights are available. The best option is a little more than an hour away in Nashville (BNA). The best way to get to either airport is through a friend with a car.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

(270) 776-7777
Tuesday-Saturday 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Topper Transit

There are four routes: the White Line, the Red Line, the Green Line, and Paratransit Service (on-call service for disabled faculty, staff, and students).

(270) 745-2361

Daily 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

GObg Public Transit

Unlimited ride passes are $10 for a full semester (available through the PTS office).

(270) 782-3162

921 Beauty Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Nashville International Airport

This airport is about an hour away from campus.

One Terminal Dr., Nashville

(615) 275-1675

Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport

This airport is located about two miles away from the business district of Bowling Green.

1000 Woodhurst St.

(270) 842-1101

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


55 Parking Ave.

(270) 842-5131

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This is the closest Amtrak station, about 90 miles away from Bowling Green.

720 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 126 responses

  • 60% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 8% 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 126 responses

  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 21% 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.
  • 1% 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 64 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 64 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 63 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 125 responses

  • 34% Very easy.
  • 56% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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