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 centers. Schedules are available on the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) website and printed schedules are available on the buses, at bus stops and in campus student services offices. For contact information and updates on possible weather-related delays, visit the UMass Transit website.
You can use a number of online services to find the best route to get you where you want to go. PVTA uses MyStop, which can be downloaded onto your mobile device. UMass Transit has created UMass BusTrack, which can be downloaded to mobile devices and used for all PVTA routes. In addition, Google Maps also provides PVTA bus route information.
Many routes are free, but have your ID!
Keep in mind that while many PVTA routes are free for Five College students, faculty and staff members, others require a fare of $1.50.
All of the following PVTA bus runs are fare-free during the school year but require an ID from a Five College campus: 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 39 Express, B43, 45, & 46.
Information on all PVTA bus routes can be found at PVTA's website.
See information and links to the Five College 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 wanting to ride a PVTA bus in the Five College area should consult a current bus schedule, visit the schedule links below, or use one of the bus apps noted above.
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.
Between Mount Holyoke and Smith: Bus 39 and 39 Express service
The PVTA runs 39 Express buses from Mount Holyoke to Smith every day, Monday through Friday. Using this run requires an ID from a Five College campus.
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.