The campuses are linked by a daily bus service that is fare-free during the academic year. Some routes include stops at local towns and shopping areas. Schedule information is available on the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) website and in printed form on the buses, at bus stops and in campus student services offices.
Note that PVTA has eliminated the M40 Minuteman Express between Smith College and UMass. Riders should use the B43, which will have express runs added to it beginning in September 2017. The 39 and Seemo bus runs have minor changes, and the 38 bus run has not been changed.
All bus service on the 38, 39, and 43 routes begins Tuesday, September 5, and Seemo Shuttle service begins Wednesday, September 6.
See information and links to the bus runs below.
Learn how to ride the PVTA and other buses to travel among the Five Colleges: Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and UMass Amherst.
Anyone expecting to ride a PVTA bus in the Five College area should consult a current bus schedule or visit the schedule links below.
Google Maps lists the official bus schedules of the PVTA and UMass Transit. Use their "Get Directions" tool: Click on the bus icon and add starting and ending locations and an appropriate time.
Check below for scheduling information about specific bus routes and times.
For questions about bus service, call (413) 545-0056. For current service bulletins, visit UMass Transit.
Between UMass, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke, with connection to Smith: Buses 38 and 39
Bus 38 regularly runs between UMass, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke. People wishing to go from one of these campuses to Smith can connect with Bus 39 to Smith by changing buses at Hampshire and waiting in a bus shelter until Bus 39 arrives.
Download a printable PDF giving bus times and course times for the route between Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, Amherst and UMass, Monday through Friday when classes are in session. See a Bus 38 schedule to view dates that bus service is limited.
Download a printable PDF giving bus times and course times for the route between Smith College and Hampshire College Monday through Friday when classes are in session.
Between Mount Holyoke and Smith: Bus 39 and Seemo Shuttle express service
There are regularly scheduled buses running from Mount Holyoke to Smith every day, Monday through Friday, with many scheduled to drop students on campus 10 minutes before the start of classes and pick them up about 10 minutes after the end of classes.
Seemo Shuttles are special, 14-passenger vans that make regular express runs Monday to Friday through the 2016–2017 academic year. There are two stops for the Seemo Shuttle at Mount Holyoke College: at Blanchard Hall and at the stone shelter on Route 116; and two in Northampton: at Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall and at the Northampton Post Office.
Students can also use a combination of the Bus 39 routes between Smith and Hampshire and the Bus 38 route running from UMass to Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke.
Between Smith, Hampshire Mall, UMass and Amherst: Bus 43
Bus 43 runs between Smith, UMass and Amherst, with stops at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley.
Beginning in September, 2017, the B43 will have express runs added to it during rush hour to accomodate the elimination of the M40 Minuteman Express. Checking the PVTA site beginning September 5, 2017, for updates.
Between Smith and UMass: Bus 40 (Minuteman Express)
Note that the M40 Minuteman Express has been eliminated by PVTA. Riders should use the B43. Beginning in September, 2017, the B43 will have express runs added to it. Check the PVTA site beginning Sepember 5, 2017, for updates to its schedules that will reflect these added runs.