Getting around town is easy in Dayton
Dayton may be a small city, but it runs a comprehensive—and environmentally friendly—public bus system, which means it’s easy to navigate around Dayton and get to and from other cities. When you’re ready to explore off campus, Dayton’s regional buses and airport have you covered.
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) runs 31 public bus routes throughout the Dayton metro area seven days a week, 21 hours a day. Among those buses are a handful of electric trolleys, part of the second longest-running trolley system in the U.S.
LINK Bicycle Share
Dayton’s bike share program, LINK, has stations around the city, including several on the University of Dayton campus. LINK has flexible payment options—sign up for 24 hours, or a whole year— at reasonable prices.
This car-sharing company has a location on the University of Dayton campus and lets approved members use cars for an hour, a day, or even a week at student rates. You’ll need a U.S. driver’s license.
Walking and Biking
Dayton is recognized for its bike paths and walking trails, both in the city and in the metro area, and the University of Dayton’s campus is easily traveled on foot. Use your own two legs, your bicycle, or your skateboard to make your way around town.
More Great Cities to See
Dayton is a classic small Midwestern city—friendly, active, and supportive of local arts and tech industries. There are many other great U.S. cities to explore, too, that are within a day’s travel of Dayton.
Travel by car: 4.5 hours. By plane: 1.5 hours. By bus: 6 hours.
This lake-side city is one of the largest in the U.S. and is known for its architecture and museums. It’s also known for its music, particularly jazz; its food, especially deep-dish pizza; and outdoor public art.
New York City
Travel by car: 9.5 hours. By plane: 2 hours.
New York is the city that never sleeps. Theaters, clubs, restaurants, and activities run all day and sometimes all night here. This busy city is also the heart of the U.S. financial markets, and is a shopper’s paradise.
Travel by car: 7.5 hours. By plane: 1.5 hours.
The U.S. capital is a medium-sized, serious city of museums, politicians, and the homes of the three branches of federal government: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. It’s also the home of stunning outdoor monuments and parks, top-notch theaters and performance spaces, and excellent international cuisine.
Dayton’s central location in the Midwest makes it easy to get out and explore beyond the city and state limits. But don’t forget that there's lots to do in Dayton, too.