Swarthmore's pedestrian oriented campus encourages walking, biking, and the use of public transportation. 97% of students live in college housing and the rest live within walking distance of campus. A substantial number of faculty members and administrators live within a walking distance of campus as well. The College is adjacent to the Swarthmore train station, which is a short ride from Philadelphia and connects to Amtrak rail. Swarthmore is also only 15 minutes away from the Philadelphia International Airport.
- A 2010 inventory shows that 25% of employee commutes are made by walking, biking, or taking public transportation.
- Swarthmore participates in TransitChek which allows employees of the college to purchase transit passes with pre-tax dollars, making the discount worth 20%, or more depending on the employee's income bracket.
- Student parking permits are limited to 110-115 per year. Parking for staff, faculty and visitors is located on the periphery of the campus.
- The college operates shuttles to help community members get to nearby colleges, Philadephia, the airport, and local shopping destinations. The college also operates a morning and evening campus shuttle to ease transportation around campus.
- The college is well served by the area's transit authority -- SEPTA -- which runs buses, subway, and light rail throughout the greater Philadelphia region.
- Bike racks are provided throughout the campus, making bike commutes easy.
- There is a student-run bike sharing program on campus.