FAQ Transportation

Most students choose to arrive in Alabama through the Birmingham Airport (BHM), which is the closest airport to Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama (one hour by car). There are three types of pick-up services from the Birmingham Airport:

ELI Pick-Up Service (Official arrival day only – See purple sheet sent with arrival information for dates.)

Times: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on each official arrival day
Cost: $30 per person
Meeting Place: Baggage claim area (1st floor of the airport)

You will be taken to the Super 8 Hotel in Tuscaloosa or, if possible, to your assigned residence hall.

Airport Service
Tuscaloosa has transportation services to and from the Birmingham (BHM) or Atlanta (ATL) airport.

Companies that offer transportation to and from the Birmingham or Atlanta Airports:

Scuttle Shuttle: (205) 471-7433
Please note shuttle reservations can be booked directly online.

Crown Transportation: (205) 758-3875
All airport rides may be booked online or by phone.

Birmingham Door to Door Shuttle Service: (205) 591-5550
Shuttle reservations may be booked online or by phone.

Taxi Service from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa

Although it is more expensive than the shuttle service, taxi service is also available from the Birmingham Airport to Tuscaloosa. The cost is approximately $100-120 (plus tip). Taxis are normally waiting outside the baggage claim area of the airport. You should ask the driver for the price and agree to the price before you get in the taxi.

If problems occur while traveling and your arrival time changes, please call the ELI office at (205) 348-7413 as soon as possible. If the office is closed, call the ELI cell phone at (205) 454-8066. A card with the ELI phone number is enclosed with your arrival information; please keep this card with you as you travel.

If you need to stay in Birmingham overnight, you may wish to stay at one of the following hotels located near the airport. Both of these hotels provide free transportation to and from the Birmingham Airport. There are free courtesy telephones located near the baggage claim area so that you can call the hotel to ask for the free shuttle service.

Birmingham Hotels
Holiday Inn Airport/Birmingham
5000 10th Avenue, North
Birmingham, Alabama 35212
Phone: (205) 591-6900
Cost: Approximately $100

The Ramada Inn Airport Hotel
Airport Highway
Birmingham, Alabama 35212
Phone: (205) 591-7900
Cost: Approximately $100

Tuscaloosa Hotel
Super 8 Hotel in Tuscaloosa
Some ELI students stay at the Super 8 Hotel for 1 or 2 nights when they first arrive in Tuscaloosa. If you stay at the Super 8, an ELI representative will meet you in the hotel lobby at 7:45 AM on the first day of the session to take you to the ELI. After you arrive on campus, you will take the ELI Placement Exam that morning. In the afternoon we will assist you with on-campus housing and take you shopping.

4125 McFarland Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405
Phone: (205)758-8878
Cost: approximately $40 per night (plus tax)

Students can easily move around campus by walking, riding a bicycle or taking one of the free campus buses.

Public transportation is available within the city of Tuscaloosa. Walking is also very common; for example, it takes 30 minutes to walk downtown from the UA campus. There is also a City Walk where people can walk and ride bikes.

Airport Service
Tuscaloosa has transportation services to and from the Birmingham airport.

Companies that offer transportation to and from the Birmingham or Atlanta Airports:

Crown Transportation: (205) 758-3875
All airport rides may be booked online or by phone.

Scuttle Shuttle: (205) 471-7433
Please note shuttle reservations can be booked directly online.

Birmingham Door to Door Shuttle Service: (205) 591-5550
Shuttle reservations may be booked online or by phone.

There are also train and bus services from Tuscaloosa.

Bus Service

Greyhound Bus: (205) 758-6651

Train Service

Amtrak: (800) 872-7245

University of Alabama Campus Buses