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Getting back and forth from JMU

We have your travel needs covered! Nestled in Harrisonburg, Va. in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, JMU is within reach of several reasonably priced options to help you get home and back to campus that do not require your family to come get you every time. 

Map of the East Coast showing JMU's location in Virginia, 123 miles from D.C.Quick links: campus map, parking services, directions to Sonner Hall visitor's center, directions to the Convocation Center, hotels, motels and B&Bs

Distance from...

Washington, DC - 2 hours

New York City - 5 hours

Nearest airport (Shenadoah Regional Airport) - 15 minutes

Nearest train (Amtrak) - 20 minutes

Car rental (Zipcar) - on campus


airplane By Plane

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)

Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport (CHO)

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Richmond International Airport (RIA)

Airport Shuttle Services

busBy Bus or Rail

Amtrak: 20 minutes away in Staunton, Va.

BreakShuttle: A shuttle service to and from campus for major academic breaks such as Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks. Service to the DC, Philadelphia, and NYC areas.

College Transit: A bus service designed for JMU students that provides transportation for Thanksgiving, Winter Break and chartered events such as Homecoming and Spring Break. They service destinations throughout Virginia and as far north as Massachusetts and Connecticut. All trips start from and return to Godwin Hall at JMU.

Harrisonburg Transit: Serving both Harrisonburg and JMU, including inter-campus shuttles and routes to shopping areas and major off-campus housing complexes.

Home Ride of Virginia: A bus service designed for JMU students. Generally they leave JMU on Friday afternoons and return on Sunday nights. They also make special runs for fall break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. All trips start from and return from Godwin Hall. Their stop in Northern Virginia is in the south parking lot of the Vienna Metro Station. In Charlottesville, they stop at the Student Activities Building at UVA; In Richmond, at the James Cabell Library at VCU; in Hampton, near the Montgomery Ward's at the Coliseum Mall. Tickets are on sale at the JMU Bookstore, or may be purchased over the phone by calling the Home Ride office. Tickets can be bought in advance and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Washington Flyer: A student can get to Dulles Airport by combining Washington Flyer with Home Ride. Simply take the Metro from the Home Ride Northern Virginia drop-off to the West Falls Church Metro stop, then catch the Washington Flyer shuttle to Dulles for a low price.

carBy Car

JMU Zimride: An online posting board site that offers students the ability to post a need for a ride or provide transportation to others. This is also a great way to meet other JMU students!

Zipcar: rent a car anytime you need it and pick it up on campus!

ABC Cab Company: (540) 564-1214

Yellow Cab: (540) 434-2515

Nations Transport Limo Services: (866) 454-6678