Transportation & Parking

Green and safe ways to travel around campus

Indiana University preserves its green spaces, and as a result parking is limited on campus. IU students manage very well without cars—most walk, bike, or ride the bus to campus. You'll find many safe and easy ways to get around.

Sustainable options

The IU Office of Sustainability is dedicated to reducing car traffic and emissions. You can partipate by adopting green modes of travel and getting involved with sustainable transportation projects.

Learn about sustainable campus transportation

Late-night safe rides

Take care of yourself and take advantage of free safe ride services that run after dark.

Learn about safe rides

Visiting IU?

Learn about parking and traveling to and from campus.

Take the bus

The IU Campus Bus Service provides routes that serve all parts of campus. Rides are free for IU students. The campus fleet is fully accessible—all buses are equipped with a kneeling feature and a wheelchair ramp. You can track the buses in real time.

Learn more about the Campus Bus Service

IU students, staff, and faculty ride for free on Bloomington Transit, our city bus system. The buses offer routes to and from campus, and around Bloomington.

Learn more about Bloomington Transit

Welcome to Biketown, U.S.A.

To say we are a bike-loving community is an understatement. Biking is nearly a religion at IU, and we have the world’s greatest college bicycle race—the Little 500—to prove it. It’s also our favorite green way to get where we’re going.

A person rides a bike on the IU campus.

Take a taxi or a shuttle

Bloomington is small enough that you won’t break the bank taking the occasional taxi from any point A to any point B. And you can always share rides with friends for a less expensive, greener option.

  • Red Tire Taxi: 812-250-8887 or 812-322-3949
  • Yellow Cab Taxi: 812-339-9744
  • UberX: Uber’s budget car option with seating for up to four people

Shuttle services can take you to and from the Indianapolis International Airport, a 50-mile drive from campus. Go Express Travel also runs between the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses.

Chicago–Bloomington Catch-A-Ride

A safe and convenient option for IU students who hail from Chicago, South Bend or northwestern Indiana, this service is available during holidays, IU breaks, and select weekends.

Visit the Chicago Catch-A-Ride Transportation Service site

Parking on and near campus

If you must drive to campus often, you’ll want to get a parking permit. There is no free parking on or near campus, and at peak times of the day and year, be prepared to hunt for the closest spaces.

Find IU parking lots

Don’t gamble—you will be ticketed for parking in an IU lot without a parking permit. The City of Bloomington will also ticket you for not paying the meters on city streets near campus, unless you have a city parking permit.

Learn more about your parking permit options.