Local Transportation

Grinnell College Local Shuttle

Try out the College’s new local shuttle to get around Grinnell! The shuttle operates Tuesday through Saturday 4–10 p.m. and is free for all students, faculty, and staff with a College ID.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the local shuttle on Saturday, Jan. 21 will not be able to run.

Shuttle Schedule - Updated 10/14/2022
Location Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
Noyce (8th Ave cutout) 4:00 4:05 4:47 5:00 5:42 6:00 6:47 7:02 7:36 7:41 8:00 8:05 8:30 8:35 9:00 9:05 9:30 9:35 10:00
Norris/BCC Parking Lot E 4:06 4:11 5:01 5:07 6:01 6:06 7:04 7:11 7:42 7:46 8:07 8:10 8:36 8:40 9:07 9:10 9:36 9:40  
Grinnell Arts Center (Downtown) 4:113 4:15 5:09 5:12 6:08 6:10 7:13 7:15 7:48 7:50 8:11 8:13 8:42 8:44 9:11 9:13 9:42 9:44  
Quick Visit/Dollar Tree 4:18 4:20 5:15 5:17 6:13 6:15 7:18 7:20                      
Walmart 4:21 4:24 5:19 5:22 6:17 6:20 7:21 7:23 7:51 7:53 8:15 8:20 8:46 8:51 9:15 9:20 9:46 9:51  
HyVee 4:26 4:28 5:24 5:26 6:26 6:28 7:24 7:26                      
Dollar General 4:30 4:32 5:28 5:30 6:30 6:32                          
Fareway 4:35 4:38 5:33 5:35 6:35 6:38 7:28 7:30 7:55 7:56 8:23 8:25 8:53 8:55 9:23 9:25 9:53 9:55  
McNally's 4:42 4:45 5:37 5:40 6:42 6:45 7:32 7:35 7:57 7:59 8:27 8:29 8:57 8:59 9:27 9:29 9:54 9:59  

Important Notes

  1. Hours, stops, and days of operation will be revisited as ridership and locations are monitored.
  2. Please be aware that the times listed are intended departure times and may vary depending on weather and traffic conditions.
  3. Riders missing the last shuttle of the evening will be responsible for finding their own way back to campus.



Peoplerides Bus Service

Peoplerides bus

Peoplerides provides round-trip bus service from Grinnell College to Walmart every week, Monday through Friday. The service includes:

  • 11:30 a.m. pick-up at Rosenfield Center with drop-off at Walmart
  • 12:45 p.m. pick-up at Walmart with drop-off at Rosenfield Center.

Students can purchase subsidized tickets for this route at Student Affairs, Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Third Floor, for $5.00, cash only.

Peoplerides vehicles are handicap accessible.

In addition to the subsidized travel listed above, the Peoplerides public transit service also provides convenient, low-cost transportation for trips that either originate or end in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek, and Tama counties. Peoplerides provides transportation services to everyone, regardless of age, income, or disability.

For more information, see Peoplerides.

Note: The $5 tickets available through Student Affairs are only valid on the Grinnell College-to-Walmart route.


Medical Transportation

Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) offers free transportation to your local medical/mental health appointments and to local pharmacies. You may call or stop in to schedule a ride. When your appointment is done, you may call SHAW to be picked up and returned to campus.

An accessible van is available if your mobility is limited. You will need to call and pre-schedule your transportation 24 hours in advance of your in-town appointment.

Free transportation is not provided to appointments outside Grinnell. However, you may schedule a ride through Facilities Management. The cost is roughly $150 to Des Moines or Iowa City.

People Rides is another option for transportation that requires a small fee. Please see the People Rides section above or visit their Region 6 Planning Commission website.

Prescription Pick-Up

There are three pharmacies in Grinnell: Hy-Vee, Medicap, and Walmart.

Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) can give you a ride to and from your pharmacy.

Medicap and Hy-Vee will deliver your prescriptions to SHAW upon request. The first time you pick up a prescription, you will need to visit the pharmacy to put a form of payment on file. Please note that Walmart does not deliver. It is important that you call for your refill a few days before your current prescription runs out.

  • Hy-Vee pharmacy: 641-236-4287
  • Medicap pharmacy: 641-236-3663
  • Walmart pharmacy: 641-236-6333

After Hours

If it is after hours and you need a ride to or from a medical appointment or pharmacy in town, you may call Campus Safety at 641-269-4600.


Safe Rides

The Grinnell College Escort Service (Safe Rides) will escort you anywhere within the Campus Safety patrol area or to authorized locations within the city of Grinnell. Staff members with the Department of Campus Safety will walk or drive you to and from your destination. The escorts carry two-way radios providing direct communication with the Communication Center.

Call the Grinnell College Department of Campus Safety at extension 4600 (on-campus) or at 641-269-4600 (off-campus) to request a safety escort. 

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