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I was looking for cheap ways to get from New York to Starkville Mississippi. I have seen flight but they are at least 350 I found a bus from New York to Atlanta GA for $50 but I don't knkw what to do next cna someone please tell me if there are any public transports available

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    Greyhound apparently serves the towns of Tupelo and Durant, MS, each about an hour from Starkville, but not Starkville itself. – Nate Eldredge Aug 3 at 15:25
  • Rome2Rio has nothing closer than Atlanta – user90371 Aug 3 at 15:55
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    Google maps can’t find a way there by public transport, and Rome2Rio gets to Tupelo and then tells you to drive. It looks like options are limited indeed. – jcaron Aug 3 at 15:58
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    I’m quite amazed that this the location of Mississippi State University and despite local public transport, there doesn’t seem to be any way to get there other than by car or plane. Weird. – jcaron Aug 3 at 16:17
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    @jcaron It's not that weird. It's a rural, undeveloped area of a rural, undeveloped state. Starkville is a much smaller town than, for example, Tuscaloosa, and unlike Tuscaloosa, there are no interstate highways nearby. For school breaks, there will be charter buses that take students to this or that corner of the state. Otherwise, it's a small population heading to Starkville who would take a bus rather than fly or drive in their own car. FWIW, Oxford, MS, home to the other major state university in Mississippi, doesn't have intercity bus service either. – choster Aug 3 at 22:48
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The problem with getting to and from Starkville is the so-called last mile, or in this case, the last 20 or 200. The one and only time I went there, I literally hitchhiked in from Memphis and also hitchhiked out (to Birmingham). I presume you don't want to do this, but it is the cheapest way in. Starkville hasn't had scheduled intercity bus service in years. It's important to remember that despite the presence of a major state university, this area is extremely rural and is a very long distance from any large city.

The nearest airport with commercial service is Golden Triangle Regional Airport (KGTR) in Columbus, about 20 miles east. The Starkville-MSU SMART bus has a free Airport Express with its schedule synchronized to the flight schedule of the only commercial flights into and out of GTR, a Delta Connection to/from ATL. So if you want to fly in here it's going to be on SkyTeam. It's also going to be expensive. The lowest JFK-GTR one-way I found for next week was $462 on August 10.

By comparison, a Delta JFK-ATL flight on August 10 was $169. Combined with a Friendly City airport shuttle from ATL to Starkville, which is $200 plus tip, you save a few bucks, and possibly save a long layover at ATL. Friendly City also will shuttle to Birmingham ($165) and Memphis ($200), but flights into those cities were significantly more expensive than into ATL so I didn't bother looking further.

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