Auburn (Alabama)

Samford Hall at Auburn University

Auburn is in the River Heritage region of Alabama. Auburn University is located in downtown Auburn. During Auburn University home college football games, the town fills up with thousands of alumni and college football fans for a weekend of tailgating.

Get in

By plane

Most people traveling to Auburn fly into either Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, GA or Birmingham International Airport (BHM) in Birmingham, AL, both of which are about 120 miles away.

The nearest commercial airports are Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG) in Columbus, GA or Montgomery Dannelly Field (MGM) in Montgomery, AL. Both are about 50 miles from Auburn.

Robert G. Pitts Auburn-Opelika Airport (IATA: AUO) is in Auburn off Glenn Avenue, but has no service from major air carriers. There is one FBO located on the premises (Auburn University Aviation Services).

By train

There is no passenger train service to Auburn.

By car

Auburn is accessible from Interstate 85, which runs four miles south of Auburn.

By bus

Get around

By foot

Downtown Auburn is easily traversable on foot. The sidewalks and pedestrian crossings in and near downtown are heavily utilized by Auburn's student population which means that cars will often stop if they see a pedestrian waiting at a crosswalk. However, the further one gets from downtown, the greater the distances become. Eventually, you will need to reconcile yourself to using car or bicycle.

Areas outside of Downtown and north Auburn, especially areas along South College and Wire Road, lack sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and are not suitable for pedestrian traffic.

By bicycle

Bicycles are a common method of transportation in Auburn, allowing one to cover longer distances than when on foot. Most areas in Auburn can be reached by a short bike ride of any other point. Auburn was voted a "bicycle friendly city" by the league of American Bicyclists because of the city's bike plan, bike lanes, and advocacy efforts. Both the City of Auburn and Auburn University have established bicycle committees.

Be aware that Auburn City Police will occasionally cite bicyclists for riding on the sidewalk. In Auburn (like the rest of the U.S.), bikes are considered traffic just like cars, though drivers will often ignore bicyclists. Be aware of your surroundings.

A unique transportation option in the downtown area are pedicabs. TigerShaw gives people around campus and downtown a chance to rest their feet if they don't feel like walking a mile to their destination. This service is available to Auburn Citizens and Auburn University Students.

By taxi

By transit

TigerTransit provides transportation services exclusively for Auburn University students and faculty, and is not accessible to people unaffiliated with the university.

Phenix City Express provides transportation services to the general public during football gamedays.

By car

Cars are the most popular form of transport in and around Auburn. Traffic can be bad during short periods of time near downtown Auburn. Parking can also be difficult to find near downtown Auburn at certain times of the day. On Friday and Saturday of home football game weekends, traffic and parking are particularly bad.

Visitors are advised to pay close attention to any notices concerning the towing of unauthorized vehicles. Towing notices are enforced on a regular basis. In particular, towing from apartment complexes may occur at any time of the day or night.

Car Rental Companies include:


Wilmore Laboratories at Auburn University



Golfing is an enormously popular outdoor sport in Auburn among both visitors and those associated with the university. The area's mild winters mean that the game can be played year-round, and a number of fantastic golf courses are located in and around the Auburn area. Auburn was also ranked as the number one city in the nation for Golf in 2005 by Golf Digest . Among them:



In addition to the usual fare found in most American cities, Auburn has some excellent local and regional restaurants:


Toomer's Corner is the heart of Auburn

Auburn has several good bars for both students and visitors. The bars in the downtown area regularly change names and redecorate, so keep an eye out for new bars.


The Auburn-Opelika tourism bureau provides a table of lodging availability during football weekends at here

Go next

Routes through Auburn

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