Transportation Tips: Thanksgiving Break

Parking Services wants to make sure that you and your student have all the important information you need as you begin making travel plans for Thanksgiving. There are a number of options that will work well for your student regardless of whether they are driving, flying, taking the bus, or riding the train.

Transportation Options
The following are great and affordable transportation options for your student to travel back home for Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Encourage your student to book his or her seat early as tickets sell out.

Buses from Mason to Regional Cities and Dulles Airport
Mason offers affordable transportation to regional cities and Dulles Airport during Thanksgiving and Winter Break.

For Thanksgiving, buses will leave Tuesday, November 24 at 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. On Wednesday, November 25, buses will leave at 6 am,8 am, and 10 am to Dulles Airport and return on Sunday, November 29. Buses will leave from Research Hall at the Fairfax Campus.

On Wednesday, November 25 at 11 am buses will depart from Research Hall on the Fairfax campus to regional cities and will return on Sunday, November 29. Buses will travel to cities including Richmond, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, New York City, and many more.

For a full list of destinations and to buy tickets, please visit

Information about Winter Break transportation options will be available in mid to late November as details are finalized and can be found by visiting

Ridesharing with Zimride
Ridesharing is a great and affordable way to travel home for breaks. Zimride is the University’s free rideshare network for students, staff and faculty. Your student can sign up with his or her Mason NetID to find others in the area to carpool with and save money on gas.

UBER – Code: MasonIdea
Uber is a taxi service that provides on-demand rides. The application is available for android and iphone. Uber is offering up to two free rides worth $20 each to new customers. Your student can download the app, request a ride, and use the code “MasonIdea” to get $20 off his or her first ride. This is a great option if your student has travel to or from the airport.

Other Transportation Connections

Burke Centre VRE and Amtrak: Mason’s Burke Centre VRE shuttle travels to the station where your student can take a connecting AMTRAK or VRE train from there. 

Union Station in DC: Students can board Amtrak and Marc trains, buses like Bolt Bus, Megabus, Greyhound, and Peter Pan, and get a rental car from Union Station in Washington DC.

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If you have any questions, please email us at or call 703-993-2828.

Joshua Cantor
Director of Parking and Transportation