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2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Since Williams is basically in the middle of nowhere, you really need a car if you want to travel anywhere off campus.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Williamstown is a bit far from other major cities -- the closest large city is Albany, New York, which is forty minutes away. But there are relatively good transportation options. For local travel in the Williamstown area, Williams College has an agreement with the local transportation so that Williams College students get to ride the buses for free, which come frequently. For traveling farther, Williams provides weekend shuttles to Boston and New York.

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1 College Freshman

Transportation: Williams is in the middle of no where. If you don't have a car, you can't really go anywhere except some stores such as Stop&Shop and North Adams... especially on Sundays.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is pretty good considering how isolated we are. There is a public bus to the local town pretty regularly and campus shuttles are relatively common as well. For breaks and holidays there are also school shuttles to new york, albany, and boston for those who want to pay. Finally, there is a Bolt Bus stop right on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportion Is Only Needed Coming to or Leaving Campus – Once you get to campus, there's no need for a car. Everything, including restaurants and bars, are walking distance. The college provides convenient shuttles to major cities and airports at times when students need them.


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Get a car as soon as you can, and try to stay away from the bus services. Once you have done that, you should be fine driving to school, leaving town on weekends, and giving the less-fortunate first-year students rides to wherever you are going. Driving to Williamstown is pleasant, not confusing, and the roads are good even when you get 30 inches of snow.

As far as flying goes, nobody has an easy time driving to the major airports in cities like Boston or New York, and the College has done a fair bit to accommodate students who come from those cities by providing a regular, reliable, and relatively cheap shuttle service. While people say that Williams is in the middle of nowhere, the availability of transportation options is not at all discouraging. The College even hires drivers who pick people up from major airports at fairly cheaper prices than most car services would.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Bus Services Both bus services stop at the Williams Inn on Main Street.
  • Bus, car, taxi
  • Williams subsidizes buses to NYC, Boston (Logan International and South Station), and Albany Airport at a very reduced price (i.e. a roundtrip bus to Logan Airport is about $40 for the 3.5-hour trip).

Public TransitWhat's This?


North Adams and the Berkshire Mall are $1.50 one-way.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Albany International Airport

(1 hour from Williamstown)

(518) 242-2200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Peter Pan/Bonanza

(800) 751-8800


(413) 458-2665

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The closest Amtrak station is on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield, MA, about a half hour from Williamstown.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 24% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 28% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 32% 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.
  • 12% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 32% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 44% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% 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 12 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 11 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 13 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 26 responses

  • 54% Very easy.
  • 38% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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