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Transportation Options

If you don’t have your own car, explore your options for getting to and from Fayette Campus and traveling around the area.

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UIU Shuttle Service

Upper Iowa University provides a free shuttle service as a courtesy to UIU students to and from the Cedar Rapids airport, Iowa City and Coralville bus stations. Shuttles are scheduled only at the beginning and end of the fall and spring semesters, and for the Thanksgiving break (November) and Spring Break (March). UIU does not offer shuttle service outside of the dates and times listed below.

  • Click here to access the August shuttle sign-up page for transportation TO Fayette Campus FROM Cedar Rapids Airport or Iowa City/Coralville bus stations. Phone call and email reservations are not accepted.

Please plan for 2 hours of travel time between the Fayette campus and the airport/bus station. Times listed on the sign-up page are departure times. The dates and times listed are the only available shuttles, students who arrive outside of these posted dates and times may need to book a hotel near the airport/bus station. Find more information about hotels in the area here.

Students in need of transportation for a medical appointment that is NOT due to an athletic-related injury and who do not have a vehicle and have no alternative means of transportation can contact Student Life at [email protected] to make arrangements for transportation. The student must contact Student Life with a minimum of two full business days’ notice. Please note, Student Life cannot guarantee transportation in these situations, as drivers and fleet vehicles are limited, but we will strive to help the student.

Sign-up Deadlines

Session 1 (August) and Session 3 (January) UIU Shuttle Service – Transportation to Fayette

(deadline for sign-up: Monday prior to start of Sessions 1 and 3)

  • Tuesday prior to the start of Sessions 1 and 3: 6:00pm
  • Wednesday prior to the start of Sessions 1 and 3: 6:00pm
  • Friday prior to the start of Sessions 1 and 3: 11:00am and 6:00pm
  • Saturday prior to the start of Sessions 1 and 3: 11:00am and 6:00pm
  • Sunday prior to the start of Sessions 1 and 3: 11:00am and 6:00pm

Session 2 (December) and Session 4 (May) UIU Shuttle Service – Transportation from Fayette

(deadline for sign-up: Monday of Session 2 and 4 Finals week)

  • Wednesday of finals week: 3:00pm
  • Thursday of finals week: 6:00am and 3:00pm
  • Friday of finals week: 6:00am and 1:00pm
  • Saturday immediately following finals week: 6:00am and 1:00pm (Session 2 only; no Saturday transportation for Session 4 because of Commencement)
  • Sunday immediately following finals week: 6:00am and 1:00pm (Session 4 only; no Sunday transportation for Session 2)

UIU Shuttle Service for Thanksgiving Travel (November)

(deadline for sign-up: Friday prior to Thanksgiving week)

Transportation from Fayette:

  • Tuesday before Thanksgiving: 3:30pm
  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving: 6:00am

Transportation to Fayette:

  • Sunday after Thanksgiving: 6:00pm

UIU Shuttle Service for Spring Break Travel (March)

(deadline for sign-up: Monday prior to Spring Break week)

Transportation from Fayette:

  • Wednesday of finals week: 3:30pm
  • Thursday of finals week: 3:30pm
  • Friday of finals week: 6:00am

Transportation to Fayette:

  • Saturday (2 days before Session 4 start): 7:00pm
  • Sunday (day before Session 4 start): 6:00pm

Non-UIU Transportation Options

Students looking for transportation have a number of other options. This information is provided for your convenience, as none of these are affiliated with UIU.

Uber: Now available statewide, Uber offers flexible ride options on demand. Get a reliable ride in minutes, at any time and on any day of the year. Compare prices on every kind of ride, from daily commutes to special evenings out. Rates vary based on location and demand. Google Uber for more details.

Earl Public Transit: EARL public transit offers on-demand “dial-a-ride” services. Transportation can be provided to any destination in Iowa and surrounding states. Advance trip reservations are required. All vehicles are fully accessible and are equipped with either ramps or lifts. To schedule a ride, call: 1-866-382-4259. Rates: $1 per mile weekdays, $1.50 per mile weekends.

Dolly’s Taxi: Locally owned and operated taxi cab service proudly serving the Cedar Valley and beyond. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 319-242-2011 for reservations and rates.

Flight and Bus Options (free UIU shuttle will pick up from these locations at specified dates/times):

UIU Student Activity Trips

Upper Iowa University’s Student Activity group provides various trips throughout the year where transportation is also provided. Students may sign up for these trips via myUIU or by visiting the Student Activity office located in the Student Center. Watch for information communicated throughout the year about the scheduled trips.

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