Getting Around & Visiting

union station worcester

It’s easy to get to­—and around—Worcester. WPI’s campus is 1.5 miles from the historic and beautifully restored Union Station, a major transportation hub offering bus, train, and commuter rail options. The city’s convenient location in central Massachusetts provides easy highway access to Boston, Providence, and Hartford (each under an hour away).

Coming by air? Worcester Regional Airport is less than five miles from campus, and the area is within an easy drive of four major national and international airports.

Phone: 508-831-5000

Local transportation

Once you arrive, you can get around using Worcester’s inter-city bus services, Zipcars, taxis, and several free college shuttle services that are available to the WPI community.

  • Commuter Rail: The MBTA Commuter Rail at Union Station provides daily and affordable service between Worcester and Boston.
  • Trains: Amtrak services the city of Worcester from Union Station to over 500 cities nationwide.
  • Buses: The Worcester Transit Authority bus system extensively covers the city of Worcester, and the WPI campus lies along two separate routes. The Worcester Transit Authority now offers free rides through Dec 2022. Both Peter Pan and Greyhound also offer inter-city bus service.
  • Airports and Airport ShuttlesWorcester Regional Airport serves JetBlue Airlines, and the city is also within an easy drive of Logan International Airport, T. F. Green Airport (Providence, R.I.), Bradley International Airport (Hartford, Conn.), and Manchester (N.H.) Airport. Several local limousine companies also offer transportation to and from area airports and often have special WPI rates.  
  • Zipcar: This rental car system provides a transportation alternative––and there are even pick-up and drop-off locations on the WPI campus, including the Park Avenue Garage and Gateway Park. Learn more.
  • Taxi Services: Two taxi services provide transportation in the Worcester area: Yellow Cab (508-754-3211) and Red Cab (508-792-9999 or 508-756-9000).
  • Rideshare: Uber and Lyft are available in and around the Worcester area
  • Driver’s Licenses:  If you need to get a Massachusetts driver’s license, contact the Registry of Motor Vehicles located at 611 Main Street in Worcester.

Overnight Accommodations 

Need a place to stay overnight? Visit the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism for a list of area hotel and lodging options.




Gompei's Gears

This program, originally conceived as a student project, gives WPI students, as well as faculty and staff, access to a bicycle from convenient locations on campus.