Office of Transportation

Need a ride? We provide transportation support from South Bend, Indiana, and Niles, Michigan locations. 

Individual Transportation Reservations

Transportation Requests are provided for enrolled Andrews students, current faculty and staff and guests of Andrews University by submitting the appropriate Arrival or Departure Form. We recommend that all transportation to the Andrews campus be scheduled with a final destination of the South Bend International Airport (SBN). We are not able to process Arrival/Departure travel requests from other airports (Detroit, Michigan or Chicago, Illinois) due to distance and expense.
 
Please review individual request forms for costs and additional information.

Airport, Bus & Train Pickup

Airline, bus or train transportation from the following locations can be scheduled with the Andrews Transporation office by completing the appropriate form. We will confirm your request via email.
Detailed information for the transportation services listed below can be secured by clicking on the transportation service you are interested in using.
South Bend locations carry a one-way charge of $35 per person.

Niles and Benton Harbor, Michigan locations carry a one-way charge of $30 per person.

How do I get from a Chicago airport to South Bend, Indiana?   

Click on the options below for travel tips from Chicago, Illinois to the South Bend, Indiana International Airport. Cost and detailed information is subject to change. Please secure information from the direct websites provided.

Non-Emergency Student Medical Runs

Only provided for enrolled Andrews students. Locations and costs are noted on the form. We ask that all requests be submitted two days before travel is required. 

Vehicle Rentals

Vehicle Request reservations are available to Andrews University departments for Andrews University-use only. We do not rent vehicles for private or non-University use. All vehicle requests require the designated driver to be approved before driving any vehicle in our fleet.  Click here for vehicle approval requirements.

We provide the following vehicle types for department use. Vehicles can be rented for part of a day, a full day (8 hours), daily (24 hours) or by the week. See individual request forms for additional information.

Vehicle Request

  • Mini Van (7-passenger, including driver)
  • Large Van (12-passenger, including driver)
  • Minibus (15-passenger, including driver)
  • Pickup Truck
  • Trailer: 4x6, 6x10, 7x14, 7x16, car trailer (detailed trailer info: Click Here)

University Class Field Trips

When planning a Class Field Trip that offers course credit, the trip must first be approved by the Andrews Office of Risk Management.  Approval is secured by contacting Loretta Nave, executive assistant, Vice President for Financial Administration. Approval should be secured before requesting a quote from the Transportation office. Click Here for the Andrews University Travel Policy.
 
Class Field Trip Requirements:
  • Drivers for Class Field trips and/or commercial vehicles are provided by Andrews University Transportation and need to be factored into the cost of the trip.
  • All students and non-participating faculty/staff going on a Day Trip must fill out the Hold Harmless Agreement, which your department will need to keep on file for three years.
  • All program overnight trips require approval from your dean and administration.

School or Tour Bus Request

Please complete all questions on the form and attach a copy of your trip itinerary (if required) and proof of trip approval. Quotes will be provided via email once all the necessary information is submitted.

Telephone 269-471-6492

Transportation Policies

  • To allow Transportation employees to observe Sabbath, personal transport services will not operate each week from one hour before sundown Friday through Sunday at 8 a.m.
  • All reservation forms submitted outside of business hours (Monday–Thursday) will not be acknowledged until the next business day.
  • Requests sent to the department from noon on Friday to Monday at 9 a.m. will be processed when the office opens on Monday at 9 a.m.
  • All fees must be paid by cash, credit card or charged to a current University account at the time of the service.
  • All reservations submitted less than two full business days before your travel date will incur the late reservation fee of $25.  Requests for Sunday or Monday must be submitted on Friday before 11:30 a.m. 

Transportation Office Hours

Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 9–11:30 a.m.

COVID-19 Notices

Travel for Vaccinated persons:
No domestic travel restrictions. All those wanting to travel internationally on business will need to follow country regulations on vaccinations and testing and must get approval for travel from a senior administrator (dean, vice president or University officer). Any trip involving students must be discussed with the relevant dean/vice president and forwarded for approval to the provost, vice president for Financial Administration or president. The request should include all mitigation protocol plans. Any travel in University vehicles, for example, should require masks for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
 
Travel for Unvaccinated persons:
No University business travel outside of the Michiana region, but exceptions will be made for essential travel. Essential will mean when an event necessary to a particular position requires travel and cannot be done by another employee and where it is possible to maintain University-expected COVID-19 protocols without risk to others. Employees should have such travel approved by the relevant dean/VP/University officer, including relevant mitigation protocols.
 
Any trip involving students must be discussed with the relevant dean/VP and forwarded for approval to the provost, vice president for Financial Administration or president. The request should include all mitigation protocols. Any travel in University vehicles, for example, should require masks for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
 
Any unauthorized travel will not be reimbursed by Financial Records. Please provide proof for approved trips when submitting your travel request.  This can be done by noting the names of those who approved the trip in your email to Transportation.
 
For more Andrews University COVID-19 info, please click here

Transportation Vehicle Capacity

Current Andrews University and/or State of Michigan COVID-19 policies allow 100 percent vehicle capacity with masks.
  • Mini Van (7-passenger)—includes driver
  • Large Van (12-passenger)—includes driver
  • Mini Bus (15-passenger)—includes driver
  • School Bus (58-passenger)—includes driver
  • Tour Buses (52- and 56-passenger)—includes driver
All passengers and drivers are required to wear masks during the entire trip.
All vehicles are sanitized before and after each trip.
Updates on COVID-19 travel policy and procedures will be updated as Andrews University administration provides additional information. 
Check back frequently for updates or changes to capacity or travel requirements/restrictions. 

Future Planning Options

Consider Andrews University Transportation when planning for future academic tours, vacations and travel plans. 

It is never too early to ask for costs, assistance or instructions on how to start planning for your transportation needs. Simply complete the appropriate request form or contact the Office of Transportation for assistance: trans@andrews.edu. We are happy to help. 

2021 Fall Semester Dates  

For additional fall semester dates, click here for the current Andrews University Academic Calendar. 
New Faculty Orientation: Tue–Wed, Aug. 17–18
Faculty Institute: Thu–Fri, Aug. 19–20
Fall Fellowship Begins: Fri, Aug. 20
New Undergraduate Registration & Orientation: Mon–Wed, Aug. 23–25
New Student Orientation: Thu–Sun, Aug. 26–29
Fall Semester Begins: Mon, Aug. 30
Change Day: Thu, Sept. 16
Alumni Weekend: Thu–Sun, Sept. 23–26
Fall Recess: Mon–Tue, Oct. 11–12
Thanksgiving Break: Wed–Sun, Nov. 24–28
Fall Semester Ends: Dec. 16