Lewisburg is a borough in Union County, Pennsylvania, 30 miles (48 km) from Williamsport and 60 miles (97 km) north of Harrisburg. Being a small city with only about 6,000 residents, Lewisburg has Susquehanna Bus Line as its main transportation system, and it is widely used by Bucknell international students traveling to regions inside Pennsylvania and cities in East Coast. For those wishing to travel to further regions such as West Coast or Midwest regions of the US, a number of airports — Harrisburg International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and JFK international Airport — serve the purpose. There is no passenger train available in Lewisburg, however, one can take the train from Harrisburg. Bus and airplane are the most common and efficient transportation systems available for international students as they provide easy access with reasonable prices. Sometimes it is cheaper to travel by bus than flying but one has to sacrifice time as a tradeoff.
Short Distance Trips
The following sections provide detailed information on all available ways of traveling from Lewisburg to other regions and help you decide the most appropriate.
The bus line provides easy access to most of the towns in Pennsylvania as well as those outside the state. One can take a bus to anywhere around the USA if time is a negligible fact for you. Susquehanna Trailways Bus Line serves the area around Lewisburg while Greyhound Bus Line serves nationwide.
Capital Trailways (1-800-444-2877)
Greyhound (1-800-231-2222) www.greyhound.com
Susquehanna Trailways (1-800-692-6314) www.susquehannabus.com/schedules.html
Call the toll free 800 numbers above to coordinate your travel times. Generally when calling you get a person who can confirm departure and arrival times along with cost of ticket information.
In Lewisburg, bus tickets are available for students at discount rates at the Town Tavern, a local vender on Market Street. The prices of the tickets depend on the distance you wish to travel and are subject to changes and vary widely depending on your destination. You can check the bus schedule for the Susquehanna Trailways Bus Line at www.susquehannabus.com/schedules.html; for the schedule of buses traveling outside Pennsylvania, check www.greyhound.com.
Although bus tickets are usually available online (especially for Greyhound Bus Line), please call the Town Tavern for the most accurate and updated information on bus schedules and available routes. You can also buy the Susquehanna Trailways ticket (cash only) directly from the bus driver when you board.
600 Market Street
The bus stop is located on 520 Market Street on the north side of Hufnagle Park.
You are often required to change buses at least once if you are going from Lewisburg to cities outside Pennsylvania. If you are visiting New York and Philadelphia, the transit station is at Lehighton; the bus driver will ask you your destination before you get on the bus. Through speakers, the bus driver reminds the passengers to transit at specific locations. It is very unlikely that you will miss the bus, but please pay attention to the announcements.
Harrisburg Station serves as a central transit station for those traveling to a different state and cities other than New York and Philadelphia. This means that you have to take a bus to Harrisburg first and get on a different bus at a specified gate at Harrisburg Station
By taking a bus, one can basically go everywhere around the US. But for those preferring comfort and time efficiency to low cost, traveling by plane is a good option. Traveling by bus to cities across several states is still much cheaper than traveling by plane. But it often takes more than 20 hours to arrive at your target whereas you can avoid weariness by taking a flight. Traveling to any cities more than 500 miles away will cost you both energy and time.
Which airports are available around Lewisburg? Although Williamsport regional airport and Harrisburg international airport are closest to Bucknell University, they provide very limited flights to distant locations. US airways runs exclusively to Williamsport but the number of flights is only about 2-3 flights a day. Harrisburg International Airport provides more flights but it still lacks direct flights to some distant locations. For those traveling farther across the country, one can either go to JFK in New York City or Pennsylvania International Airport in Philadelphia. With a variety of flights, these two airports provide maximum flexibility and a much lower cost for flights traveling to huge distances. Buses run directly to these airports.
The nearest train station is located in Harrisburg. Amtrak runs passenger trains to major cities on the East Coast. One major factor that hinders Bucknell International students from journeying by train is that you have to take a bus to Harrisburg first. Tickets are available online.
For more information, please go to http://www.amtrak.com/
In order to rent a car, you need a driver's license and must be at least 18. Some companies require you to be 25. The cost of renting a car per day depends on the type of car you choose; the basic cost for an economy type car costs around 41 dollars per day. With transportation assistance charge, car rental tax, sales tax and fuel, the total cost may go beyond 50 dollars per day. The nearest car rental company, Enterprise, is situated in SHAMOKIN DAM, 9.8 miles away from Lewisburg. The company will deliver you a car to the University. At the end of the rental period, you have to drive the car back to the company.
Nearest car rental company:
3004 N SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL #10
Tel: (570) 743-6111
Bucknell's Campus Activities and Program provides another form of transportation through the "Ride Board". It is a program which allows you to find those students who own a car and are traveling to the same location as you. You can sign up and check the availability on the "Ride Board" located at LC ground level near the bookstore. Being a voluntary sign up, you can travel only on the date the student driver is leaving. The choices are limited and the opportunities are random; however, since it is a free ride, you can try using it. Destinations on the ride board include:
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