Campus Transportation

It’s easy to get where you’re going at Drake

From buses to bike rentals, there are plenty of options to get around the neighborhood and Greater Des Moines.

Griff II in the campus parking lot inside the Drake Bulldogs campus vehicle

Parking at Drake University

If you bring a car to campus, be sure to purchase a parking pass—there are plenty of options, so you’re bound to find the right one for your needs. 

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Sustainable Initiatives 

Using alternative forms of transportation is not only a good way to save money, it also reduces traffic congestion and helps the environment. Drake is committed to lessening our carbon footprint and increasing support for sustainable practices.

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Campus sidewalks showing sustainable ways for students to safely navigate through campus

Close up of a Student ID that is being used for the DART bus services in Des Moines
DART Bus Services

Free DART bus rides with your Drake ID

  • Multiple bus stops near the campus with routes to all of Des Moines.
  • Great way to access downtown, shopping, internships and more.

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Three students packing luggage into the nonstop Drake breakshuttle during an academic break

This nonstop shuttle has provided safe, direct and reliable motor coach trips during academic breaks to Minneapolis and Davenport/Chicago.  

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Back side of the Drake Safe Ride bus as it gives students a safe and free ride home
Safe Ride

Avoid walking across or near campus late at night with the Safe Ride bus, which provides a free ride home to students from anywhere along its route.

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Bicycle Options 

With bike lanes near campus, on campus-bike racks and bicycle rental options, it’s easy to get around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.


BCycle is Des Moines’ bike share program. Riders can check out a bike from BCycle docks, which are located all around the city.

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Drake Bike Library

Check out a bike and helmet from the Student Life Center in Olmsted with your Drake ID. Bikes can only be checked out when the Student Life Center is open and must be returned before it closes at the end of the day.

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