Getting Around Tuscaloosa


During the academic year (August – the beginning of May), The University of Alabama provides continuous campus transportation services when the University is open. During the summer months (May-July), the Transit System (Crimson Ride) provides campus service Monday-Friday from 7 AM – 7 PM. Please see our service information hereIf you are arriving in Tuscaloosa by air, you will either be flying by private plane into Tuscaloosa or commercially into Birmingham. The Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport handles a lot of airfreight and private air traffic but does not offer commercial service. The closest commercial air service is located only 50 miles away at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, with seven major airlines to choose from. There are several rental car agencies and taxi services available at the Birmigham-Shuttlesworth Airport to get you to Tuscaloosa, and

Once in Tuscaloosa, there are several options for travel throughout the city including public bus systems, taxis and rental cars.


Bus Systems:

The Tuscaloosa County Transit Authority provides a scheduled, intercity bus passenger service, The Tuscaloosa Trolley, with four different inner-city routes daily. Routes include: V.A. Route, McKenzie Court Route, Holt Route and Greensboro Route.  There are also two additional routes for campuses in Tuscaloosa, including The University of Alabama route and the Shelton State route. In addition to the regularly scheduled service, vans are available on a call in basis for certain citizens living within the city limits, including the elderly, handicapped, and citizens with physical and/or mental challenges. The trolley runs Monday-Friday from 5 AM to 6 PM but the 4 PM run is the last route that you can catch to transfer from one bus route to another at the main terminal. Fixed bus route fares are $1 for adults, $0.20 for children (free for age 3 and below), $0.50 for students K-12, $0.50 for elderly and handicapped, and free for UA students with a valid UA ID.

Tuscaloosa Transit Authority - 205.556.3876

Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation - 205.349.0420

The Greyhound provides service to the city and charter buses are also available. Several taxis have fleets operating daily.

Tuscaloosa Greyhound Station

7022 Hwy 82 East - Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - 205.758.6651

There is also a University of Alabama bus system called the Crimson Ride, which is available for all students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus. There are six bus routes throughout the campus with about 40 stop locations. The buses typically take about 10 minutes on the academic routes and 20 minutes on the perimeter routes. The Crimson Ride operates during the week and on game-days. Buses will also run during special campus events if requested. The weekday bus houses are 6:50 AM to 7 PM and the night hours are 7 PM- 10 PM. Weekend shuttle service on the University of Alabama’s campus are run by 348-Ride (7433) which is an on-demand, by-call service. The Crimson Ride also provides shuttle service to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport for students, faculty and staff. Reservations are accepted online.


Taxi and Limo Services

Taxi cab service is available from a number of companies:

-Sterling Limo Cab: 205.242.2689

-Yellow Cab of Tuscaloosa: 205.331.5016

-On Time Transportation: 205.752.6603

-Alpha and Omega Taxi Service: 205.394.0374

-Deluxe Taxi: 205.758.2831

-Radio Cab: 205.758.2831

-Lee’s Taxi: 205.886.2832

Limo Service is available from two companies:

-Crown Limo and Sedan Services: 205.758.3875

-Prestige Limo Service: 205.333.9879


University of Alabama Car Sharing Services

Students and staff of the University of Alabama have two other options for local travel:

The Zimride is a campus ridesharing service.  It is a fun and easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. If you have a car, split costs by offering rides. If you don’t have a car, find rides where you need to go. The Zipcar is car sharing. Once approved, you can search for zipcars around campus and reserve one convenient to you for an allotted amount of time. You can have access to a zipcar for a few hours or even a full day. Once you are done with the zipcar you just return it to the same reserved parking spot. Gas and insurance are always free!

For visitors who want to rent a car, agencies include:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent-A-Car, National Rent-A-Car, Thrifty Car Rental, Title Cash, Auto Outlet Inc., Avis and Creative Leasing Inc.


Traveling To/From Tuscaloosa:

Interstate 20/59 and 359 provide Tuscaloosa with quick connections to neighboring cities such as Birmingham, Atlanta and New Orleans. Highways 11, 43 and 82 and Alabama Highways 69, 13, 171, 76 and 215 keep Tuscaloosa County in close connection with the West Alabama and Northeast Mississippi region.


If you want to travel to nearby cities via train, the Tuscaloosa Amtrak Station is served by the passenger train, The Crescent. Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at the station, which is served by two trains daily.

2105 Greensboro Ave. - Tuscaloosa, AL – 35401 - 1.800.872.7245


Ground Distance (miles) to Other Major Cities:

Atlanta: 202 miles (3 hours 2 minutes)

Birmingham: 58 miles (55 minutes)

Chicago: 717 miles (10 hours 21 minutes)

Dallas: 585 miles (8 hours 18 minutes)

Memphis: 231 miles (3 hours 40 minutes)

Miami: 786 miles (11 hours 55 minutes)

Nashville: 247 miles (3 hours 30 minutes)            

New Orleans: 293 miles (4 hours 13 minutes)

St. Louis: 513 miles (7 hours 40 minutes)


Ground Distance (miles) to Other Alabama Cities:

Alabaster: 66 miles (58 minutes)

Albertville: 137 miles (2 hours 9 minutes)

Anniston: 120 miles (1 hour 50 minutes)

Athens: 150 miles (2 hours 12 minutes)

Auburn: 160 miles (2 hours 38 minutes)

Bessemer: 45 miles (43 minutes)

Citronelle: 192 miles (2 hours 54 minutes)

Columbiana: 82 miles (1 hour 20 minutes)

Cullman: 105 miles (1 hour 33 minutes)

Daphne: 215 miles (3 hours 50 minutes)

Dauphin Island: 260 miles (4 hours 14 minutes)

Decatur: 210 miles (3 hours 11 minutes)

Dothan: 206 miles (3 hours 43 minutes)

Enterprise: 186 miles (3 hours 20 minutes)

Eufaula: 188 miles (3 hours 30 minutes)

Fairhope: 220 miles (3 hours 57 minutes)

Florence: 122 miles (2 hours 26 minutes)

Foley: 238 miles (4 hours 17 minutes)

Fort Payne: 153 miles (2 hours 16 minutes)

Gadsden: 119 miles (1 hour 48 minutes)

Greenville: 144 miles (2 hours 30 minutes)

Gulf Shores: 249 miles (4 hours 40 minutes)

Guntersville: 130 miles (2 hours 14 minutes)

Huntsville: 156 miles (2 hours 15 minutes)

Jasper: 55 miles (1 hour 10 minutes)

Madison: 147 miles (2 hours 9 minutes)

Mentone: 166 miles (2 hours 29 minutes)

Mobile: 201 miles (3 hours 30 minutes)

Montgomery: 105 miles (1 hour 55 minutes)

Muscle Shoals: 119 miles (2 hours 20 minutes)

Nectar: 94 miles (1 hour 28 minutes)

Opelika: 162 miles (2 hours 40 minutes)

Orange Beach: 252 miles (4 hours 40 minutes)

Pelham: 62 miles (57 minutes)

Phenix City: 191 miles (3 hours 10 minutes)

Prattville: 90 miles (1 hour 40 minutes)

Riderville: 63 miles (52 minutes)

Scottsboro: 157 miles (2 hours 45 minutes)

Selma: 79 miles (1 hour 35 minutes)

Spanish Fort: 211 miles (3 hours 48 minutes)

Talladega: 110 miles (1 hour 40 minutes)

Troy: 152 miles (2 hours 45 minutes)

Tuskegee: 142 miles (2 hours 30 minutes)

Wetumpka: 108 miles (2 hours 6 minutes)

Apartments in Area:

Tuscaloosa Apartment - H.A. Edwards, Inc.

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $575 to $1600

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Yorktown Commons

2 to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $1100 to $1290

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Gates at Cedar Crest

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $1200 to $1500

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Beacon Place-Tuscaloosa

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $1025 to $1350

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Sealy Management Company

apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from Call for Pricing

Northport Apartment - Beacon Place Northport

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $1299 to $1887

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Houndstooth Condos

2 to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $1626 to $2319

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Delview Properties, LLC

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from Call for Pricing

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Fountain Square

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $804 to $884

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Aspen Village

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $789 to $1029

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Mountain View

Stu to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $749 to $1100

Tuscaloosa Apartment - September Place

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $950 to $1700

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Flex Studio Apartments

Stu to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $495 to $900

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Canterbury

2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $829

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Regal Pointe at Cypress Creek

Stu to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $739 to $1095

Tuscaloosa Apartments Guide

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