Transportation and Travel to WCU

Traveling to WCU

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Since Western Carolina University is located in the Appalachian mountains, there is no direct way of traveling to Cullowhee. The public transportation system is not well developed in the mountains, so you need to travel by air or Greyhound Bus to Asheville,NC. You can take a taxi or Shuttle to Western Carolina University. Cost is approximately $28 per person for Jackson county transit shuttle. Cost for Taxi is $100-150.

Asheville Regional Airport

The closest airport to Cullowhee is the Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, North Carolina. From this airport, Western Carolina University is 45 miles (70 km) away.

There is no ground transportation to the university from here. You can take a taxi or shuttle from the airport to Cullowhee.
Be sure to conact Christopher Pedo with your expected date of arrival.


You can also rent a car at the airport and drive to Cullowhee.


Make your travel plans well in advance to find a cheap connection to the Asheville Airport. Both Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways travel into Asheville from Atlanta.

Local Transportation in / around Cullowhee

Learn more about CAT-TRAN, the WCU campus shuttle service.

Learn more about Jackson County’s Transit Shuttle service

Check out Western's Campus Map



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