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Auburn (Alabama)

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Auburn (Alabama)

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Auburn is in the River Heritage region of Alabama.

Get in

By plane

The nearest major airports are Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG) in Columbus, GA or Montgomery Dannelly Field (MGM) in Montgomery, AL. Both are about 50 miles from Auburn and are serviced by most major air carriers. However, most people traveling to Auburn should probably arrive either at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, GA or Birmingham International Airport (BHM) in Birmingham, AL, both of which are more major airports and are about 120 miles away.

Robert G. Pitts Auburn-Opelika Airport (IATA: AUO) is located 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 accessable from Interstate 85, which runs four miles south of Auburn.

  • I-85, providing access to Atlanta, GA and Montgomery, AL. Exits 51 (College Street) and 57 (Glenn Avenue) provide the most convenient access to Auburn.
  • US-29, providing access to Troy and points south.
  • US-280, providing access to Birmingham, AL. It is fastest to take AL-147 from US-280 into Auburn, as US-280 continues to Opelika.

By bus

  • Greyhound, +1 800 231-2222, [1]. Provides service to the Auburn area. The depot is located on Exit 62 off of I-85 next to a Big Cats gas station.
  • Express85, +1 888 238-7738, [2]. Provides airport transportation between Auburn and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The depot is located on Glenn Avenue near Dean Road (across from Hastings).

Get around

By foot

Downtown Auburn is easily traversable on foot. All the streets have sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, and are heavily utilized by Auburn's primarily student population. 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 [3] 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.

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By taxi

Tiger Taxi, +1 334 444-4444, [4]. Provides personal transporation services geared towards Auburn University and the surrounding area. The service is offered 24 hours a day, takes credit cards and will take reservations for long distance pick ups. TWIN CITY TAXI' 1-334-246-0146 Auburns Premier TAXI SERVICE with over 20yrs experiance in the transportation industry "Se Habla Espanol"

By transit

TigerTransit, +1 334 844-4757, [5]. Provides transportation services geared towards Auburn University's student and faculty population; it is not commonly used by those not associated with the university. TigerTransit's primary goal is to get students and to and from the university, and therefore is not convenient unless that is where you need to go.

By car

Cars are the most popular form of transport in and around Auburn and traffic, particularly in downtown Auburn, can be bad during short periods of time. Parking can also be difficult to find in Auburn at certain times of the day; visitors are advised to pay close attention to any notices concerning the towing of unauthorized vehicles from certain parking areas.

Car Rental Companies include:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1-800-261-7331, [6].
  • Thrifty, 1-800-847-4389, [7].
  • East Alabama Limo, 1-866-399-6018, [8].


  • Auburn University [9], the scenic campus is home to 23,000 students and features buildings in the Greek Revival through the Modern styles.
  • Donald E. Davis Arboretum, The arboretum features native trees, shrubs and wildflowers of the southeastern United States, including 150 different tree species native to Alabama and the Southeast. Located on the corner of Mell Street and Simmons Drive on the Auburn University campus. Admission is free.
  • Eagle's Nest, located on top of Haley Center on the Auburn University campus. The highest point in Lee County provides a fantastic view of campus and the surrounding countryside. Can only be accessed by student recruiters and War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, so take a campus tour starting from the Upper Quad.
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium [10], the 87,451-seat venue for Auburn University's football team located in the center of campus. No admission except on gameday, but still a terrific sight.
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, a 40,000 square foot art museum opened in 2003, featuring visiting collections as well as a permanent collection devoted primarily to 19th and 20th century American and European Art. Also features 15 acres of botanical gardens featuring large-scale sculpture, a three-acre lake, and a landscape that incorporates walking paths, benches and water features. Located on South College at Kimberly Drive. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and college students and children under 17 free.
  • Lovelace Athletic Museum [11], a museum dedicated to the history of Auburn Athletics, primarily focused on Auburn football but showcasing Auburn's success in other arenas. Located on the corner of Samford Drive and Donahue Drive on the Auburn University campus. Admission is free.


  • Roll the trees at Toomer's Corner (intersection of Magnolia and College streets in downtown Auburn) following an Auburn victory.
  • Get lemonade at Toomer's Drugs, located at Toomer's Corner.
  • Have a beer at the War Eagle Supper Club, routinely voted one of the country's best college bars.
  • Follow the Auburn University Walk of Fame on the streets of downtown Auburn.
  • Take a bike ride on Auburn's many on-street bike lanes and off-street bike paths (or, in absence of a bike lane, ride on the street because bikes rule the road in Auburn!).


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 [12]. Among them:

  • Robert Trent Jones Grand National [13] is a stop on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and features 54 holes of golf along Lake Saugahatchee. Green fees are from $40 to $62.
  • Auburn Links at Mill Creek [14] features large TifDwarf Bermuda grass greens and rolling fairways along Parkerson's Mill Creek. Green fees are from $18 to $39.
  • Indian Pines features 6,213 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Green fees from $25 to $30.


  • Anders Bookstore [15], located on Magnolia Avenue near College Street. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
  • Auburn University Bookstore [16], located in Haley Center on the Auburn University campus. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
  • J&M Bookstore [17], located on College Street between Magnolia Avenue and Thach Avenue. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
  • Tiger Rags [18], located on Gay Street between Magnolia Avenue and Thach Avenue, Auburn University souvenirs and the unofficial official gameday and victory T-shirts.


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

  • Ariccia Italian Trattoria & Bar, in the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center on College Street at Thach Avenue, +1 334 821-8200, [19]. A pricey but excellent Italian restaurant that is a great place to take a date.
  • Brick Oven Pizza, on Gay Street near the intersection of Glenn Avenue, +1 334 502-6726. A gourmet pizza restaurant with great pizzas and pasta. Eat outside if you can.
  • Buffalo Connection, on the corner of Wire Road and Shug Jordan Parkway, +1 334 821-2700, [20]. Known locally as "buffcon." A great wing and hang-out place, and Monday and Thursday nights are all-you-can-eat wings.
  • Buffalo's American Grille, on Magnolia Avenue in downtown Auburn, +1 334 826-9464, [21]. An excellent general-fare American restaurant.IT IS NOW CLOSED SO SAD WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO GO AFTER A GAME.
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger, +1 334 826-0845, [22]. An Auburn landmark burger joint located on College Street in downtown Auburn. Be sure to try and eat the pounder.
  • China Palace, +1 334 887-8866, Located on College Street in downtown Auburn adjacent to the Heart of Auburn Hotel. Serves an "Asian fusion" including Chineese, Thai, and even a sushi bar that is very reasonably priced and deliciously fresh!
  • Laredo's, on Opelika Highway, +1 334 826-2724. A good Mexican place. Wednesday night is Margerita Night.
  • Mellow Mushroom Pizza, downtown Auburn on College Street, +1 334 887-6356, [23]. Fantastic pizza joint with a great atmosphere and is always hopping, especially after an Auburn victory. A little pricey, but worth the extra money for great pizza.
  • Momma Goldberg's Deli, on the corner of Magnolia Road and Donahue Drive, +1 334 821-0185, [24]. An Auburn landmark, the run-down shack conceals some of the best sandwiches to be found anywhere. Known locally as "Momma G's". Be sure to try the "Momma's Love all the way."
  • Roosters Rythm & Brews, on the corner of Gay Street and Opelika Road, [25]. A full-service restaurant, bar, and hot night spot. Known for great food, quick service and the best original music in the area.
  • Tenda Chick, on the corner of Glenn Avenue and Dean Road, +1 334 821-8543, [26]. Excellent all-around chicken restaurant but famous locally for its chicken fingers.


Auburn has several good bars for both students and visitors. The auburn bar scene is very underrated.

  • Sky Bar, on Magnolia near College Street in downtown, [27]. Shares the same owner as Highlands. The Sky Bar is a fairly recent addition to the Auburn bar scene, and is quite popular with the under 21 crowd. The bar attracts the younger crowd, although older students enjoy it as well. Sky Bar often has good live music. The bar has an open roof and is usually quite hot in the summer and cold in the winter. 21+ (Wednesdays 19+)
  • War Eagle Supper Club [28]. An Auburn classic. Once ranked by Playboy among the best college bars in the country, Supper Club is a different kind of place. It draws all crowds and all ages, and is unrivaled for great live music. The beer is cheap, and the bar is dirty. Supper Club is a "private" bar, so you'll have to wait in line for a membership card on your first visit. However, that membership gives you the ability to drink until 4AM, so often the crowd shows up around 2AM, when the downtown bars shut down. 21+
  • Bar 51, just off I-85 Auburn exit 51. Offers shots in a freezer room in shot glasses made of ice. Patrons are given mink type coats to wear to keep warm while inside.
  • In Italy, at Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn. Requires appropriate attire, i.e. no sandles or T-Shirts. Opened Fall 2007 and is 21+
  • Bodega, at Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn, [29]. Bodega is the only bar directly on Toomers Corner , and is another very popular downtown bar. Also popular with greeks, Bodega often draws the best crowd in town. The bar has probably the best draft beer selection in town, and sometimes has live music upstairs or on the patio. Additionally tuesday nights is $2 taco and beer- can't beat that! It is a great place for football weekends and alumni just stopping by. 21+
  • Bourbon Street [30], a touch of the French quarter in downtown Auburn. Bourbon Street Bar is a great place to have a beer following a football game. Popular with students and especially with out-of-town visitors from opposing schools. 21+

  • The Pulse, on Opelika Highway between Dean Road and Shug Jordan Parkway. Formerly a bar called The Highlands, and now one of the largest bars in Auburn. The Pulse is about to officially open. People who don't really like the collegiate atmosphere of the downtown bars often try this bar out. The bar might attract pretty good bands due in part to the owners also owning Skybar. It was renovated Spring 2007 and closed for amost two years. Too bad they wont have the old Highlands bartenders just wont be the same. 21+
  • Roosters Rythm & Brews, on the corner of Gay Street and Opelika Road, [31]. A full-service restaurant, bar, and hot night spot. Known for great food, quick service and the best original music in the area. The Auburn Underground (tm) is a partnership between Roosters 8 other clubs around the nation, recognized by 4 major record labels & over 70 bands. It is put in place to preserve the integrity of original music, and create an original music scene where others said there could be no scene.
  • Amsterdam Cafe.


  • The Hotel at Auburn University, 241 South College Street, (334) 821-8200, (800) 228-2876, [32]. A fantastic hotel located just across from central campus. Formerly known as the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, the hotel features 248 guest rooms are complemented by amenities that feature one of Auburn's finest restaurants and lounges, Ariccia. A comfortable lobby area for gathering and conversation or just relaxing with a good book is also a highlight. $$$
  • The Heart of Auburn, 333 South College Street, (205) 887-3462, (800) 843-5634, [33]. A smaller budget hotel convenient to downtown and campus. $

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