August 9-12, 2024
Amherst, MA

Blog Post

Getting to UMass Amherst

Address: 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003

Renting a car

While chartered shuttles connect attendees from nearby airports, and a local bus system operates within the Amherst area, renting a car offers the most flexibility for getting around during your stay. Public transportation options, including buses and trains, are limited, particularly for reaching Amherst from airports. The conference venue is also a 20-25 minute walk from downtown Amherst. However, it should be noted that an on-campus dining hall will be open for the duration of the conference, so it is not necessary to go into town for food unless desired. On-campus parking in a garage near the venue is available at a rate up to a maximum of $6.50 per car per entry. Discounted parking passes will be available at the on-site registration desk.

If you are not able to rent a car, there are chartered shuttles and bus lines from nearby airports, as well as a local bus system to get around the Amherst area and to off-campus accommodations. These options are discussed in greater detail below.

Transportation from Airports

Bradley International Airport (BDL)

Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Getting to UMass from Bradley Airport is approximately 45 miles (80 km) from UMass.

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

1 Harborside Dr, Boston, Massachusetts

Getting to UMass from Logan Airport is approximately 95 miles (160 km). See this video for detailed instructions.

New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)

Queens, New York 11430

Getting to UMass from theJFK airport is approximately 160 miles (250 km).

Local Transportation - Getting around the Pioneer Valley


  • Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)
    • PVTA is a local bus service that serves the Amherst area, the UMass Amherst campus (as well as the other Five Colleges), and other nearby Pioneer Valley locations, such as the towns of Northampton, South Hadley, Sunderland, Deerfield, Belchertown, and Granby. It is free throughout the Summer. You can plan your trip here.

Renting a car / car sharing

  • Zipcar
    • UMass partners with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, register as a member and reserve a car online. When you are done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up. Access to Zipcars is 24/7.

Ride Sharing Services

Please note that ride sharing is highly limited in the area and cannot be relied upon for availability at all times/locations.

Taxi Services (Amherst area)