Five College Consortium

Five College Bus System

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.

Bus service on the 38, 39, and 43 routes begins Tuesday, September 4, and Express 39 service between Mount Holyoke and Smith (formerly the Seemo Shuttle) begins Wednesday, September 5.

Use Google Maps to find the best bus route to get you where you want to go. 

Keep in mind that while many PVTA routes are free for Five College students, others require a fare of $1.50. All of the following PVTA bus runs are fare-free during the school year but require a college ID from a Five College campus: 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, B43, 45, & 46. Note that the R29 runs from the city of Holyoke to UMass and requires a fare of $1.50. Information on all PVTA bus routes can be found at PVTA's website

See information and links to the Five College bus runs below.

Riding the Five College Buses

Riding the Five College Buses

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.

Routes and schedules

Anyone wanting 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. 

View the schedules for Bus 38 or Bus 39 on the UMass Transit site.


Between Mount Holyoke and Smith: Bus 39 and 39 Express service

During the 2018-19 academic year, the PVTA runs 39 Express buses from Mount Holyoke to Smith every day, Monday through Friday. These runs were previously handled by the Seemo Shuttle. 

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. 

View the schedule for Bus 39 on the UMass Transit site.

Download a printable PDF showing connections between Mount Holyoke and Smith College Monday through Friday; the schedule includes class times at each institution. This schedule includes the 39 Express as well as transferring between the 38 and 39. 

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. 

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