Many freshmen coming to the University of Illinois do not bring a car with them. At the same time, many freshmen get homesick and want to take a weekend trip home. So without a car and with a burning desire to head home, how do students get to and from campus?
- Take a Bus
Peoria Charter is a major bus company that specializes in transporting students from the Champaign area to the Chicago area. I have personally traveled with this company. Peoria Charter tends to charge around $35 one way, with outlets at each seat. If you sign up for email newsletters, you may get coupons, too! This company offers a plethora of bus stop locations, specifically in the Chicago suburbs and Chicago airports.
- Take a Train
The Champaign Amtrak station is located in downtown Champaign and runs just about anywhere you need to go. Taking a train is efficient, fast, and economic. I personally have not taken the train to and from Chicago myself, but I have heard exceptional things. One recommendation that I have for taking the train is to order your tickets well in advance, as they tend to sell out.
- Catch a Ride
In Champaign-Urbana, you can almost always find someone with a car driving to and from the Chicago suburbs—especially during a holiday weekend. Catching a ride is great because your travel time will be about an hour shorter than taking the bus, and you will get to socialize with the other car riders. If you do opt to catch a ride, be sure to pitch in for gas money!