Tips and Options for Getting HomeNow that you are here on campus, here are some tips and options to consider when looking for options to get home.
- Be sure to explore all options below first before simply booking a connecting flight. We are not located in a city with a major airport so though we have a number of ways to connect to various airports, it is important to make sure your students check their schedules, the available connectors and can get there for the flights first.
- The Pittsburgh Amtrak station is the closest station. Students can purchase a ticket to ride the regional Mountain Line Grey Line bus to and from Morgantown, Pittsburgh International Airport or the bus station. The bus station to ride the Mountain Line Grey Line is located just across the street from the Pittsburgh Amtrak station.
- We suggest always booking through the Grey Line for trips from Pittsburgh. Unique to this industry, Grey Line offers guaranteed seating when you book directly through Grey Line for trips to Morgantown.
- Beyond, Pittsburgh (PIT), did you know we have a local airport (MGW) and regional airport (CKB) that have some great connecting flights?
- ZipCars are located on campus and a versatile mode of transportation not just around town, but also for students/roommates to shuttle each other home or to airports. These are available for students 18 and older to rent for a flat rate that includes gas and insurance.
Parents Club Holiday Buses – Since 1998, the Mountaineer Parents Club has been providing buses to aid families in bringing students closer to home during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks.
MegaBus – national bus carrier picks up on campus daily and connects through DC and beyond.
I-Ride 79 Bus – regional bus carrier picks up on campus daily and connects through Charleston, WV and beyond.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – our closest international airport with hundreds of flights daily located 1 hour and 15 minutes north of campus.
Morgantown Airport (MGW) – multiple daily regional flights out of Morgantown (MGW) Airport located 10 minutes from campus. Southern Airways connects through Pittsburgh (PIT) or (BWI) in Baltimore and is partnered with American Airlines for any connections.
North Central Airport (CKB) – multiple daily flights out of Clarksburg, WV located 45 minutes south of Morgantown. Direct flights on Allegiant Airlines and United Airlines head to a variety of locations including direct to Chicago, Daytona/Orlando and Myrtle Beach. (Students would need to find a ride to CKB – see airport shuttle services and note Mountain Line Grey Line does not connect directly to CKB but rather drops White Oaks Bus Shelter on White Oaks Boulevard.)
Airport Shuttle Services
Grey Line Bus – regional bus carrier picks up on campus two to three times per day and connects to Pittsburgh International (PIT) and Pittsburgh Amtrak station: http://bit.ly/WVUGreyLine. Grey Line also adds additional buses to this route over holiday breaks called WVU Send Off Services. For more on this: https://shop.mountainline.org/category.sc?categoryId=14. NOTE: Unique to this industry Grey Line offers guaranteed seating when you book directly through Grey Line for return trips to Morgantown. It is suggested you book your direct trip back to Morgantown through Grey Line direct!
Limo and car services are available to the various airports.
Uber provides transportation to the various airports.
Cab Services provide transportation to the various airports.
ZipCar – hourly/weekend rentals for students age 18 or older located on campus. Costs include insurance and gas.
ZimRide – If you or your student will be heading to and from campus, Zimride is the ridesharing board of the 2000’s. Have your student post or look for rides here.
Parents Club local Facebook pages – many parents have also utilized local Parents Club Facebook pages to inquire about carpooling for students heading home.
Getting Around Campus and Town
At the start of each semester, one of the biggest tips you can pass along is to allow for extra time to get between areas of campus and classes. During the first few weeks, everyone is trying to get used to a new schedule and find the easiest way to and from classes and work, meaning commutes will take varying amounts of time. To help students plan and for the most up-to-date transportation details, students should be following @WVUDOT and @MountainLine on Twitter for live bus and PRT updates. Students can also track Mountain Line buses with their free mobile app: Mountain Line Bus Finder.
PRT: Students can ride the PRT free with a valid student WVU I.D. It is important that students allow extra time for daily commutes. Riders are also asked to adhere to all safety protocols.
Mountain Line bus: Students can ride the Mountain Line local bus service free of charge with their WVU ID. Popular routes, such as the Blue Gold Express (Route 38) that connects the Evansdale and Downtown areas and the Beechurst Express (Route 39), are available to help campus traffic move efficiently.
Need other ways to get around town?
There’s Uber, Lyft, hourly rentable Zipcars (cost includes gas and insurance;
students 18+ can rent) and two cab companies.