If you own a vehicle, you’ve likely weighed the pros and cons of bringing it to college. Getting a feel for alternative transportation options can help you make the best decision for your situation.
At CSU, we work hard to make alternative transportation convenient and low-cost. The bus system is one that many students prefer — in fact, 1 out of 3 Rams use it as their primary mode of transportation.
Here are the major factors to understand as you consider this transportation option.
It’s easy to catch a bus from campus, thanks to our Campus Transit Center. Located outside of the Lory Student Center, you can catch buses that will take you all over town.
The MAX — a popular route that runs north and south a block from College Avenue, the city’s main street — offers multiple pickup sites on the east side of campus. And if you’re heading to Denver, the Bustang will pick you up across from Parmelee Hall.
Bringing your bike along isn’t a hassle, either. All Fort Collins buses come equipped with bike racks on the front. The MAX also allows up to four bikes onboard.
The bus is one of the most cost-effective transportation options at CSU. As a student, you can ride all Fort Collins buses for free, and there is no limit on the number of rides. Just present your student ID to get the free fare.
If you’re looking to get to the airport or head south to Denver, regular fees will apply.
It’s important to check bus route schedules and decide if they fit your needs. If you’re planning to ride in the evening and/or weekends, reviewing times is especially important.
Most Fort Collins routes run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Popular student routes like the MAX, Route 2, and Route 3 also run evenings and weekends.
The Gold Route is specifically designed for late-night weekends. If you live near campus and you’re planning to spend a night in Old Town, it’s a great transportation option.
Getting around campus: Around the Horn
Around the Horn is a convenient way to get to class. It runs from Moby Arena to the Vet Teaching Hospital six days a week, with stops throughout campus.
North and south Fort Collins: The MAX
The MAX is a popular bus route among students and faculty/staff. It runs seven days a week north to south along Mason Street throughout Fort Collins. With stops in Old Town, near grocery stores, restaurants, and the mall it’s a great option for errands and weekend fun.
There are park-and ride-locations along the route, making it a convenient option for students living off-campus.
Foothills campus: Route 33
The Equine Center, Atmospheric Science Center, and Engineering Research Center are just a few of the many facilities located at our Foothills Campus. Route 33 is a relatively new bus route that will get you there.
It picks up once an hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school year.
West of campus: Routes 2 and 3
If you’re planning to be out late-night, the Gold Route runs through some of these areas until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Denver: The Bustang
Getting to Denver from campus is simple thanks to the Bustang. Offering a pickup spot across from Parmelee Hall right here on campus, it’s a no-fuss option during the school year. Fares run about $10 per way.
Drop-off is in downtown Denver’s Central Station, with stops along the I-25 corridor in Loveland and Longmont.
Airport: Groome Transportation
Groome Transportation is a DIA (Denver International Airport) shuttle with a pickup location at the CSU Transit Center. It runs early morning to late night seven days a week.
Standard fare is around $35 one way. A home address pickup and drop-off option is available at an increased rate.
Windsor and Greeley: Poudre Express
A commuter bus line connecting Fort Collins, Windsor, and Greeley began in 2020. The Poudre Express offers free Wi-Fi so you can relax, read, watch, and study while you ride.
The route operates four runs in the morning and three in the afternoon/evening, making five stops in Windsor, Greeley, and Fort Collins. The route is free for CSU students with a Ram Card.