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.
In 2011, PVTA added more Five College buses and improved its schedules. These changes were made to increase express bus service between Smith and Mount Holyoke (Routes 39 Express and 39E), and provide more and better service between Smith and Hampshire (Route 39) and faster service between UMass and Mount Holyoke (Route 38). 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.
Between Mount Holyoke and Smith -- Bus 39 Express and Bus 39E
There will be a total of 16 express buses running between Mount Holyoke and Smith (eight in each direction each day, M-F), 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.
For service between the campuses at other times of the day, students should use a combination of the Bus 39 routes between Smith and Hampshire and the Bus 38 routes between UMass and Mount Holyoke, which stops at Hampshire.
Download a printable PDF file showing routes between Mount Holyoke and Smith College Monday through Friday when classes are in session, including buses arriving in time for classes at each institution. View the schedule for Buses 39 Express and 39E on the UMass Transit site.
Between UMass, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke, with connection to Smith: Buses 38 and 39
When stopping at Hampshire on its way to Mount Holyoke, Bus 38 will no longer wait for the Bus 39 connection to Smith. Instead, students connecting to Smith will disembark and wait in a bus shelter. This will eliminate approximately 10 minutes from the run between UMass and Mount Holyoke. Buses will leave Haigis Mall at UMass at fifteen minutes after and fifteen minutes before each hour during the middle of the day.
View the schedules for Bus 38 or Bus 39 on the UMass Transit site.
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. Please note that there will be a special Route 38 schedule between Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke during Amherst's spring semester final exams, May 12–May 18. See a Bus 38 schedule to view dates that bus service is limited. Download a printable PDF of this schedule.
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 Smith and UMass: Bus 40 (Minuteman Express)
The Minuteman Express will continue to offer direct runs between Smith and UMass, with one more UMass to Smith run than last year.
View the schedule for Bus 40 or the map for Bus 40 on the PVTA site.
Between Smith, Hampshire Mall, UMass and Amherst: Bus 43
This bus will continue to run at the same times as last year.
View the schedule for Bus 43 or the map for Bus 43 on the PVTA site. Information about travel on Bus 43 when school is not in session is available on the PVTA site.