Extensive details regarding air, train, and bus travel, and driving directions to Amherst are available here at the UMass Visitior Center website.
Recomendations to visit downtown Anherst
Take either bus #30 (that reads Old Belchertown Rd on the marquee) or #31 (that reads South Amherst on the marquee). Both can be boarded east of the Campus Center on North Pleasant St in front of the Integrated Learning Center. Each runs every 30 minutes until about 11:00 pm. If you have a smart phone, up to date bus times and schedules are available through the free UMass BusTrack app or at http://bustracker.pvta.com/infopoint/. Fewer buses run in the summer, so please be sure to check the current shcedule.
Amherst center is approximately one mile from the Campus Center. Head south on North Pleasant St. Cross the street at the intersection with Mass Ave., and turn left to stay on North Pleasant St. Turn right at the next set of traffic lights, and follow North Pleasant St. until you reach the center of town.
Funky Cab (413) 586-6666
Celebrity Cab (413) 253-7330
Check online for more information. These services should be available until 2 am.
Dining, beverage, and desert options downtown
Please consult with your favorite online sources for descriptions and reviews
30 Boltwood, 30 Boltwood Ave
Amherst Chinese Food, 62 Main St
Amherst Coffee/Whickey Bar, 28 Amity St
Antonio's Pizza, 31 N Pleasant St
Arigato Japanese Restraunt, 13 N Pleasant St
Baku's African Restraunt, 197 N Pleasant St
Bart's Ice Cream, 103 N Pleasant St
Bertucci's, 51 E Pleasant St
Bistro63 at Monkey Bar, 63 N Pleasant St
Black Sheep Deli, 79 Main St
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, 170 N Pleasant St
Bueno Y Sano, 1 Boltwood Walk
Chez Albert, 178 N Pleasant St
Fresh Side, 39 S Pleasant St
Goberry, 28 Amity St
High Horse Restraunt & Brew Pub, 24 N Pleasant St
Johnny's Tavern, 30 Boltwood Walk
Judie's, 51 N Pleasant St
La Veracruzana Mexican Restraunt, 63 S Pleasant St
Lit, 41 Boltwood Walk
Miss Saigon, 96 N Pleasant St
Mom's Dumpling and Noodle, 61 Main St
Oriental Flavor, 25 S Pleasant St
Osteria Vespa, 28 Amity Street #1G
Pansa East, 103 N Pleasant St
Paradise of India, 87 Main St
Pasta E Basta, 26 Main St.
Pita Pocket, 103 N Pleasant St
Rao's Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave
Taste of Thai, 25 N Pleasant St
The Lone Wolf, 63 Main St
The Works Bakery Cafe, 48 North Pleasant St
White Hut, 1A Boltwood Walk
What airport should I use to get to Amherst?
If you are traveling to Amherst by plane the closest airport is Bradley International in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (near Hartford). This airport is approximately 45 miles from the UMass campus. Logan Airport in Boston is approximately 90 miles from the UMass campus and transportation is considerably more difficult unless you rent a car.
How can I get from the Bradley Airport to Amherst?
Both airports feature car rental agencies and multiple shuttle services, including Valley Transporter (413-253-1350) and Seemo Shuttle (800-908-2829). If you are driving to campus you should obtain directions to the Campus Center, located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003.
What if I wish to fly into Boston or New York?
These options can be used, but transportation from Boston to Amherst or New York to Amherst is very limited and somewhat expensive. There is a public bus service (Peter Pan Bus), but it runs infrequently during the summer. Renting a car might be the best option, if you must use the Boston or New York airports.
The Amherst area is serviced by Greyhound, Peter Pan Bus Lines and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Based on the service you select and route availabilities you should take a bus to Amherst UMass if at all possible instead of Amherst Center (Amherst Center is about 1.5 miles from the UMass Campus). Please be sure to review bus schedules and campus maps before your arrival as both the area and the campus can be confusing to navigate if it is your first time here.
There is an Amtrak stop in Amherst located about 2 miles from the UMass campus. This stop is just a platform without a ticket office or enclosed waiting area, so be sure to review bus schedules, taxi services or walking routes before your arrival.
Driving to Campus
From the North: From I-91 South, take exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow the road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow Route 116 South for 8 miles to the UMass exit.
From the East: Take Route 2 West to Exit 16 (Belchertown/Amherst). From Route 2 take Route 202 South for about 15 miles to a blinking yellow light at Amherst Road. You will see signs "to Route 9/Route 116". Turn right and follow Amherst Road (which becomes Pelham Road) for 7 miles to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.
From the South: From I-91 North, take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left at the traffic lights to merge onto Route 116 North. Take the UMass exit in 1 mile.
From the West: Take Route 2 East to the Greenfield/I-91 exit. Take I-91 South to Exit 25, Deerfield. At the end of the ramp turn left and follow the road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow Route 116 South for 8 miles to the UMass exit.
From I-90 (Mass Pike): Take Exit 4 (West Springfield). Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). The UMass exit is 1 mile up.