Be Driven: Public Transportation

TDM:  Transportation Demand Management

Public transit is a widely available resource for commuters that is inexpensive or, in some cases, free. Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) and University Transit Service (UTS) work together to offer free bus service to virtually anywhere in Charlottesville. Learn more about riding CAT fare-free with a UVa ID.

Bus Transportation

University Transit Service (UTS)

University Transit Service (UTS)

UTS is run by U.Va's Department of Parking & Transportation. UTS services virtually all areas of U.Va's Grounds, and caters specifically to students and faculty/staff commuters. All UTS transit buses run on a cleaner burner biodiesel mixture. Click here for more information about sustainability@P&T.


Click here for the New Student Guide to UTS

Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS)

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)

CAT is a city-run public transit service that services virtually all of Charlottesville, including many areas on Grounds. U.Va students, faculty, and staff can currently enjoy free rides on CAT buses. Learn more about Open Ridership.


Regional Transit and Shuttle Service



JAUNT is a regional transportation provider for Charlottesville, Albermarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, Buckingham, and Amherst Counties. This public transportation system makes over 250,000 trips each year, carrying riders to work, doctor's appointments, shopping and other leisure activities.

JAUNT provides commuter routes from Crozet, Buckingham/Scottsville, Fluvanna/Lake Monticello, Lovingston, Roseland, and now from the Hollymeade/Forest Lakes area of Albemarle County.


Home Ride of VA

Home Ride of Virginia, Inc.

Home Ride provides weekend and holiday bus service from U.Va, VT, Radford, and JMU to many areas of Virginia including Northern Virginia, Richmond, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. For U.Va students, Home Ride offers convenient service between the Student Activities Building and Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton.


UVa Express

U.Va Express

The UVaExpress is free, coordinated transportation from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC and Charlottesville Airport to the University of Virginia just before Move-In. The program is coordinated by the University of Virginia’s Office of Engagement and has been made available to international first year and transfer students by a generous contribution from one of our graduates in Singapore.


Mass Transit

Amtrak Passenger Trains

Amtrak Passenger Trains

Ride the train from the 810 West Main Street station to Richmond, Staunton, Culpeper, Alexandria, Lynchburg, Danville, Clifton Forge, DC, and all the way to New York, Chicago, and New Orleans.

Click here for more information about Amtrak.


Greyhound Bus Lines

Greyhound Bus Lines

Ride the bus from the 310 West Main Street station to Danville, Emporia, Exmore, Farmville, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Hampton, Lynchburg, Marion, Norfolk, Oak Hall, Petersburg, Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, South Hill, Springfield, Suffolk, Triangle, VA Beach, Williamsburg, Woodbridge, Wytheville, or beyond VA.

434-295-5131 or 1-800-231-2222

Starlight Express

Starlight Express

Go back and forth to New York City on the Starlight Express, the low-cost, non-stop bus that picks up and drops off passengers on West Main Street at the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) stop at the top of the steps to the Amtrak station.