Carnegie Mellon University

Getting Around Town

Don't Have a Car?

Here are some of our suggestions for getting around town. You can ...

Bus It 

Carnegie Mellon and the city's public transportation system, Port Authority Transit (PAT), have an agreement by which degree-eligible students may ride any PAT vehicle when you show a valid Carnegie Mellon ID card.

There are numerous buses with stops in the Oakland area, and many of them stop right in front of Carnegie Mellon's campus. Bus schedules are available at the University Center Information Desk, or they can be found online on the Port Authority website.

Bike It

Bring your bike to campus. It's great exercise and there are plenty of free parking spaces (racks) available near class. And when you're ready for a break from hitting the books, there are loads of trails to ride throughout the city.

Cab It

It's not free, but many Carnegie Mellon students use a cab to travel to places like the South Side and the Strip District. People’s Cab Co. 412-441-3200; Yellow Cab Co., 412-321-8100; Port Authority Transit (PAT), 412-442-2000

Walk It

There is plenty to do just outside of the Carnegie Mellon campus in Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are right down the street.  Not to mention the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that will make even a winter day look alive. Squirrel Hill and Shadyside shopping and eateries are within a 20-minute walk from campus.

Zip It

It's about as close as you can get to borrowing the family car. Zipcars are located on and around campus and in several other locations in Pittsburgh.

To use them, you sign up for an account online and get a card. When you need to get somewhere, book a reservation for one of the Zipcars online and then use your card to unlock the doors during the reserved time.

Rates include gas and insurance. Want to learn more? Visit the Zipcar website.