Transportation

Brandeis provides safe and efficient transportation for all members of the community who need to travel from one point to another on campus or who need to commute to downtown Waltham, Cambridge or Boston.

Van and Shuttle Services

Service Description Hours of Operation
Campus BranVan Provides service on campus. M-F, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sa-Su, noon-2:30 a.m.
Daytime Campus Shuttle Provides service on campus and Charles River Road. M-F, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Daytime Waltham Shuttle Provides continuous service from campus to designated stops in Waltham. M-F, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Evening Waltham BranVan Provides service from campus to designated stops in Waltham on reservation-only basis. Seven days/week, 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Boston/Cambridge Shuttle Provides service from campus to Harvard Square and onto Boston. Th, 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Fr-Sa, 3:30 p.m.-3 a.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Boston Public Transportation

Subway

Greater Boston's subway system, known as the T, offers discounted passes to Brandeis students on a semester basis. The fall pass covers the four-month period between October and January; the spring pass runs from February through May. For more information, stop by the Graduate Student Center in Kutz Hall or contact Mai Dewees

Commuter Rail

The commuter rail train is a fast and convenient way to get to Boston and Cambridge (as well as some west-lying towns). Schedules vary for the commuter rail on weekends and holidays, so be sure to have a current schedule with you. The train stops at the Brandeis-Roberts station at the south edge of campus, along South Street across from the Epstein Service Center. Allow for a 10-minute walk from the center of main campus.

The train goes east to Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and North Station in Boston. In Cambridge, the train stops at the Porter Square station, where connections can be made to the Red Line of Boston's 'T' subway system. In Boston, the train stops at North Station, where you can get on both the Green and Orange Lines of the 'T'. These have connections to all other lines of the subway system.

Buses

Buses provide service to virtually all points in the metropolitan Boston area. The number 553 bus runs by Brandeis, goes through the center of Waltham and into Newton. It is a great alternative to driving through Waltham.

From Main Street, at the end of South Street near the Walgreens, or at the Cedarwood stop, located at the back end of campus, one can catch the numbers 70 and 70A buses that go to Central Square in Cambridge by way of Watertown. This bus passes the Watertown Mall and the Arsenal Mall.

Discounted Passes

Each semester, Brandeis offers discounted passes for MBTA bus, subway and commuter-rail service. Deadline to purchase a fall pass is Sept. 15; deadline for spring semester is Jan. 15.

Request an MBTA pass for fall 2019 semester

Ridesharing Services

Hail a ride via Uber or Lyft from your mobile phone. First time users typically receive a discount or incentive through the app. 

ZipCar

ZipCar is a convenient automobile reservation solution, billable by the hour or day. Student membership is just $15 a year.

Carpooling

Bay State Commute is your one-stop shop to find potential rideshare partners and earn rewards for commuting green. Sponsored by Sustainable Brandeis.