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Location and Transportation

Sweet Briar is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia. On its 3,250-acre campus, rolling meadows, woodlands and two small lakes provide a beautiful natural setting for ecological studies, sports and other outdoor activities. The College is located about 165 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.; 100 miles west of Richmond, Va., the state capital, and 50 miles south of Charlottesville, Va. These cities offer many cultural attractions, including museums, galleries and theaters. They are accessible by air, rail, bus or automobile. The nearest city, Lynchburg, Va., is only 15 miles away. In addition to Sweet Briar, there are 10 colleges and universities within a one hour drive, including the University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute and Hampden-Sydney College. Events sponsored by area colleges and universities offer opportunities for you to meet other international students.

Getting to Sweet Briar College

The closest airport to campus is in Lynchburg. We recommend arranging your flight straight through to Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH), where a taxi or shuttle bus can drive you to Sweet Briar. If you need shuttle service from the Lynchburg airport for your first trip to Sweet Briar please email your travel information [email protected]  Your first airport pick up is always complimentary.  After that the cost will be your responsibility.



Getting Around – Local Transportation

Because Sweet Briar is in a rural area, there is taxi service and some limited van service. However, many Sweet Briar students have their own automobiles and are usually very helpful in taking others with them when they go shopping or run errands off campus.

Transportation to and from Sweet Briar, after your first arrival.

Ride Share Bulletin Board


SBC Students can post offers and requests for rides.  Did you know that it costs an average of $20 per day to maintain a car valued at $8,000?  By not having a car on campus, you are saving a good deal of money.  If you get a ride through this service or otherwise, please be sure to give the driver more than gas money.  Say $3 for a ride to Amherst, $5 to Lynchburg, $10 to Charlottesville and $30-60 to Washington D.C.  This will insure that your fellow students are pleased to take you and offer rides in the future!!!!!


Tabb Cab                                                                            944-3362 or 944-3437

Good for trips to and from Amherst and Lynchburg


GLTC-local bus service                                                                   847-7771

Good for trips within Lynchburg

These do not come to SBC or Amherst


Amtrak Train                                                                        1-800-USA-RAIL


Service is limited, but this goes all over the U.S.



Greyhound Bus

www.greyhound.com                                                             1-800-231-2222

846-6614 or 847-7771

The bus will stop in Amherst but you must call to reserve the spot so they know.

Sounds crazy doesn’t it!!!???  Use bold phone numbers if possible.

Service is limited, but this goes all over the U.S.



Enterprise Car Rental                                                         528-3780

This is a good idea if you will get together with several friends to go somewhere.

$50-100 daily. Be sure to mention that you are a Sweet Briar student for a discount.

You will need a U.S. or international driver’s license and a credit card.  You should purchase the Enterprise car insurance for the day, since you probably don’t have auto insurance in the U.S.