Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Birmingham airport is a on-hour drive from campus. There is a Door to Door Shuttle Service available (205) 591-5550 or http://www.birminghamdoortodoor.com/. Rental cars are available at the airport. There is also a smaller airport (Van de Graff Field) in Tuscaloosa. Amtrak train service is available to Tuscaloosa from New York and New Orleans. The Tuscaloosa Metro System furnishes the Tuscaloosa Trolley that services all of Tuscaloosa with a whimsical flare. The University also has its transit system, the CrimsonRide, which will meet your needs for any on-campus transportation.
Driving Instructions to Campus
I-20/59 is the main highway into Tuscaloosa. Take the McFarland Blvd. exit from i_59, turning onto McFarland--a right turn if you are coming from Birmingham. Stay on McFarland and take Exit 215 (University Blvd.); the Rose Administration Building will be on the left as you enter campus.
For convenience, you can't do better than the on-campus Hotel Capstone, 320 Paul W. Bryant Dr., 800-477-2262 or http://www.hotelcapstone.com, whose moderate price includes passes to the health club and use of tennis courts. A number of Tuscaloosa motels are within a 15-minute drive. The Guest House, 3920 E. McFarland Blvd., 205-553-1550), at the high end of the inexpensive range, is about 3.5 miles from the school. The standard room rate includes passes to the downtown YMCA. America's Best Value Inn, 3501 McFarland Blvd., 205-556-7950) is also inexpensive and has a pool. It is about 15 minutes away. A Best Western, 1780 McFarland Blvd., NE, 205-759-2511, is about 10 minutes away. It is inexpensive and has a pool. There is also a Hampton Inn, a Courtyard by Marriott, and several others. There is a list on out webpage http://www.ua.edu/visitors.html, click on the related link: Tuscaloosa and then Accommodations.