Getting around

Lewiston, Auburn and free bus trips to a variety of locations.

The Office of Campus Life provides a free shuttle each weekend while school is in session.  The shuttle runs Friday and Saturday nights, and during the day on Sunday.

We also provide weekly bus trips to different locations within the state of Maine, and to Boston, MA.  The buses are mostly free – bus trips to Boston cost $10.  All you have to do is sign up in the Office of Campus Life in Chase Hall 108 to ensure you have a seat.  You can sign up for any trip the Monday before the trip is to happen.

Bates College now offers all members of the community the opportunity to sign up for Zipcar, a car sharing service with locations throughout the world, and two cars on campus.  Membership with Zipcar is open to anyone 18 or older, and your membership allows you to sign out the cars for $8.50 per hour, or $69 per day – gas and insurance included.  For more information on the program, or to sign up go to:

The Office of Campus LIfe also has three vans that are available for recognized student groups to sign out.  These vans can accommodate either seven or ten people, and are available for a maximum of five hours. In addition, there is a ten person van that can be reserved on the weekends for $30 for five hours of use or $60 for every 24-hour block. Drivers must be van certified to drive college owned or rented vehicles. You can now reserve these vans online! Click here to see Van Availability and click here to reserve a van!

Traveling by train? Amtrak now offers a College 6Tix program. For $86, you will receive six one-way trips on the Amtrak Downeaster. That represents a 50% savings! Trains depart from Brunswick, Freeport and Portland. Then, continue onto Boston North Station. For more information or to purchase the pass, visit