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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a small airport in Walla Walla but it almost exclusively flies to Seattle. There are also plenty of bus options. A great option is ride sharing, since so many people live in Seattle, Portland, or Spokane you can often get a ride to a bigger city and fly out from there if needed.

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1 College Freshman

Transportation: The town is small, but if you want to get out of the tiny "downtown" area, you need a vehicle. The college doesn't provide any transportation, so the best you can do is hope one of your friends has a car.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is an airport in Walla Walla but it only flies to Seattle and all other options to get out of town are hard and/or expensive. Having a car would be nice

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Small Town Is a Blessing in Disguise – Walla Walla is a very friendly town, and nearly everything is accessible on foot. Lots of great bicycling opportunities as well. The road cycling is excellent!

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Because the campus and the town are so small, there is very little need for transportation at Whitman. A car is nice to go to the store or a restaurant, but everything is within walking distance. Most students ride their bikes if they live off campus and it's easy to get around. It's nice being able to get to class within minutes from anywhere on campus and even living off campus, it's usually only a 5 to 10 minute walk.


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Since everything necessary is within walking distance, the public transportation system in Walla Walla is rarely used by students. Students who do need to get somewhere farther away either get rides from friends or borrow someone's car. Though the system is available, many students either are unaware of it or do not use it much, if at all.

In fact, most students find the public transportation system unnecessary to use. Everything on campus is within walking distance, and many students bike. Safeway (the local grocery store) is also right down the street from campus; many restaurants are just on Main Street right down from campus, as well; and the Greyhound bus station or Walla Walla airport are small, and close enough that students ask their friends with cars to drop them off or pick them up there. Overall, the public transportation system is extensive and adequate for such a small town, but on the upside, since the town is so small, and most of what students need is right on campus (or not far away), it is not needed. If anything, borrowing students' cars, taking a taxi, and getting rides from other students is more of Whitman's "public" transportation system, and students are always happy to help out.

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Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bum a ride from a friend, or nicely ask to borrow a car (Whitman students are nice enough that this happens pretty often).
  • Ride a bike (students also let each other borrow bikes often).
  • Walk. Everything you need is pretty much within walking distance.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Since it is four miles from Whitman, the airport is an exception to the "always walk" philosophy, so students usually drive. However, many students use the Walla Walla Airport, so it's usually easy to catch a ride if you don't own a car. Some students also share cabs.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Walla Walla has a pretty good bus system that goes to all the popular spots around town.

(509) 527-4429

200 S 12th Ave. - Walla Walla, WA 99362

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Walla Walla Airport

310 A St., Walla Walla

(509) 525-3100

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Bus Lines

The Greyhound bus station is located approximately five minutes from campus near the highway on 2nd Avenue.

315 N 2nd Ave., Walla Walla

(509) 525-9313

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 9% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 13% 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.
  • 78% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 43% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 48% 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 10 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 9 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 12 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 23 responses

  • 48% Very easy.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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