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Alternative Transportation

Bobcat Shuttle    

Bobcat Shuttle provides transportation for students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Texas State University.

The system is in operation during all class days, call 512.245.5555 for more information.

Bike Cave logoThe Bike Cave    

The Bike Cave is an on-campus bike shop and workspace providing the campus community with affordable bicycles and the tools, space, and knowledge to tinker with them.

Register your bike

Learn more about the Bike Cave and biking on campus.


CARTS Transit operates THE BUS, the San Marcos municipal bus service. THE BUS offers regular service connecting neighborhoods and downtown businesses for citizens, visitors, and students. All fixed route services offer wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Texas State Students ride THE BUS locally for free. Just show your Texas State I.D.

Learn more about the CARTS San Marcos Transit.


THE BUS operated by CARTS provides medical transportation and an equivalent accessible transportation option to people who are unable to use the fixed-route bus service because of a disability. THE BUS provides rides, from origin to destination, within the city limits of San Marcos.

Community Transit service provides curb-to-curb transportation throughout Central Texas to customers in the CARTS rural service area. To schedule your ride call 1-800-456-RIDE (7433)

Interurban Bus    

The interurban, or intercity, public transport bus service carries passengers between different cities. CARTS vehicles are equipped with easy to use front-mounted bike racks. For instructions visit the How-To RideCARTS website or ask the driver.

CARTS Gold Route - Interurban Coach 1517

This interurban bus runs from the downtown Austin CARTS Station to Southpark Meadows, to Texas State University, to the San Marcos CARTS Station. .

CARTS Yellow Route - Interurban Coach 1510

This interurban bus runs from Georgetown to San Marcos, with stops in Round Rock & Austin.

Check the CARTS Interurban site for a full schedule and updated fares.

Kerrville Bus Company   

Kerrville Bus Company provides weekend and  holiday transportation from San Marcos to Waco, Dallas, and Houston.

Kerrville Bus Company operates motor coaches equipped with on-board restrooms, three-point seat belts, reclining seats, and free Wi-Fi.

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Rideshare with Lyft. Lyft is your friend with a car, whenever you need one. Download the app and get a ride from a friendly driver within minutes.

Register with Lyft to get started, or visit Lyft for more information.


Uber is finding better ways for cities to move, work, and thrive. Download the app and get a ride in minutes. Choose your ride and set your location. You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.

Register with Uber to get started, or visit for more information.


The Greyhound station offers travel service to cities around the country; for schedules and information, please contact Greyhound.

The Greyhound bus station is located at the San Marcos Station, an multi-modal transportation center operated by CARTS.


Texas State University has teamed up with myCommuteSolutions, a regional ride-matching and trip-planning site that allows users to search for a carpool partner with Texas State University faculty, staff, or students. The site provides bike and transit routes, a single trip finder, as well as users can log their commutes.

Register with myCommuteSolutions to get started, or visit MyCommuteSolutions for more information.


San Marcos is served by the Texas Eagle, which travels daily between Chicago and San Antonio traveling through major cities like Austin and Dallas.

Learn more about the Texas Eagle.

The Amtrak station is located at the San Marcos Station, an multi-modal transportation center operated by CARTS.

VIA Vanpool   

VIA Vanpool is operated San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit service. To learn more about the options provided, please contact the VIA Vanpool Service at 210.362.2555.



Traveling between cities has never been easier. Hitch connects riders and drivers headed to the same city

Register with Hitch to get started, or visit Hitch for more information.