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Getting to/from Penn State

Traveling to campus? Assisting your student in making travel plans for break? Interested in your student’s local transportation options? Familiarize yourself with transportation, travel, and lodging in and around State College.

PLEASE NOTE: The Parents Program provides the following information to assist families. Although we strive to provide useful and accurate information, we cannot guarantee the quality of services provided, pricing, availability, or the accuracy of information provided on websites to which we refer.

Lodging Resources

University Park and the surrounding areas are popular places to visit and stay, especially on event weekends. Reserve accommodations early, especially for busy weekends including move-in and move-out, football games, Parents & Families Weekend, and Commencement.


Suggestions for busy times such as Parents and Families Weekend:

  • Keep checking for availability. Schedules change and many families will cancel reservations prior to the weekend.
  • Try non-traditional rentals including Airbnb, VRBO, and StateCations.
  • Contact the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau: or 814-231-1400
  • Search outside of the State College area:
    • From I-80 East (Northern New Jersey, New York, Long Island, etc.)
      • Try Lock Haven, Lamar, and Bellefonte
      • Camping/cabins: Bellefonte KOA; The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle
    • From 322 South (Harrisburg, Philly Area, Lancaster, MD/VA/DC, etc.)
      • Try Lewiston, Reedsville, Mifflintown, Boalsburg
      • Camping/cabins: Aikens Cabins at Bear Meadows
    • From 99 North (Pittsburgh, Ohio, etc.)
      • Try Altoona, Philipsburg, Clearfield

Transportation Resources

Ground Transportation

Bus Services

PLEASE NOTE: Bus routes are being updated regularly, with trips being added and removed. The individual websites provide the most up-to-date information. Penn State does not endorse any bus company.

Amtrak Train Stations

PLEASE NOTE: Trains are not available directly to or from State College, but Greyhound bus service is available to and from all three stations.

Air Travel


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