City and County Transportation
Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)
The city of Charlottesville operates Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT), a bus system that provides links to major shopping areas, downtown, and neighborhoods. CAT’s most popular route, the free Trolley Route, links UVA to the downtown area. A UVA ID can be scanned in lieu of paying the fare on all CAT routes.
CONNECT: Regional Connections by JAUNT
CONNECT offers affordable and convenient public transit alternatives for commuters from Crozet, Route 29 North, Lovingston, and Buckingham, as well as between UVA facilities. CONNECT services include:
- Crozet CONNECT – Workday public transit bringing riders from east and west Crozet to UVA and Downtown Charlottesville.
- 29 North CONNECT – Workday public transit bringing riders from the Hollymead area to UVA and Downtown Charlottesville.
- Buckingham CONNECT – Workday public transit bringing riders from central Buckingham along Rt. 20 to UVA, 29 North, Downtown Charlottesville, and Pantops.
- Lovingston CONNECT – Workday public transit bringing riders from the Lovingston area along Rt. 29 to UVA, Downtown Charlottesville, and Belmont.
- Park CONNECT – Workday public transit connecting riders between UVA Research Park and Central Grounds.
UVA students, faculty, and staff ride free with presentation of a valid UVA ID.
JAUNT provides a variety of fixed-route and door-to-door commuter and ADA services to residents working in Charlottesville who live in the surrounding area. JAUNT serves the Charlottesville, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson. Stops at UVA include Pinn Hall and Lee street. Call 434-296-3184 to reserve a ride.
Amtrak provides passenger train services Charlottesville’s Union Station, conveniently located less than one mile east of Central Grounds. Amtrak routes that directly serve Charlottesville include the Cardinal, the Crescent, and the Northeast Regional, each providing links to cities in the Northeast, South, and Midwest.
Megabus offers affordable and comfortable bus service from Charlottesville to Dulles International Airport, Union Station in Washington, DC, and New York City.
Abbott Charters offers a weekend transit service linking UVA to Richmond and Hampton Roads called Abbott Homeride. The service picks up from the Student Activities Building by Scott Stadium on Fridays between 6:00 and 6:15 PM and returns to the same location on Sundays at 7:30 PM.
Greyhound provides affordable and comfortable bus service to cities in Virginia and the surrounding states.
UVA Student Council provides a low-cost transportation option to students in need of a ride to airports in Richmond and Washington, D.C. One bus to Richmond International Airport and one bus to Dulles International Airport will be available for students for Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring, and Summer Break. Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Student Council website for more information.
For the Fall 2019 semester, AirBus will make trips to Richmond International Airport and Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, Thursday, December 12th, 2019, and Wednesday, December 18th, 2019. Buses will be loading at the McCormick Road UTS stop at Alderman Library at 7am and departing no later than 7:30am on those dates. You will be contacted by Student Council prior to your departure date with more information.
The UVA Express 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.
Air transportation services are provided through Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO). Airlines serving Charlottesville Airport include American Airlines, Delta, and United, each providing links to large cities and airports, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Other nearby airports include: