Transportation and Maps

In Chapel Hill, you don't have to get in a car to get where you need to go. The Triangle community has plenty of safe, convenient, inexpensive, and sustainable options for getting to and from school.

See also: GPSF Resource Guide



Transportation at UNC provides ways for students to get around campus by bus, shuttle, or foot.

GoTriangle is where to go to find all the information you need about travel options in the Triangle that are safe, convenient, inexpensive, and more sustainable. All centrally located in one online resource. Check out the Trip Planner and Information for Students.

UNC's Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) is designed to reward commuting students who do NOT drive alone to campus. Follow CAP on Twitter and on Facebook.

Free Bus Services

Its free to ride buses by Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit. No ID or pass is needed to ride Chapel Hill Transit. You must get a bus pass from UNC's Department of Public Safety (DPS) to ride the Triangle Transit Authority buses. NextBus posts real-time bus arrival times.

You can find bus routes near your apartment with the apartment finder map from Redefine Travel.

Buses from UNC to Duke

The Robertson Scholars Express Bus runs between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Late-Night Transportation

The Evening and Late Night Bus Service (P2P bus) runs 7 p.m. - 3 a.m. during the school year.


Biking is popular among UNC students. Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, and Raleigh are award-winning Bike-Friendly Communities. Maps for biking around the area can be found at Bike Carrboro. The organization Cycliclious Movement has area resources for biking in Chapel Hill.

More Transit Services

If you need to use a car, Zipcars are available on-campus.

Zimride is a private ride-sharing network for Chapel Hill.

An airport shuttle is provided by OSSA for major university holidays.


Parking info is available from UNC Parking and Transportation.

Student Parking

Many lots on campus offer unrestricted parking on weekends and after 5:00 pm on weekdays. Information about parking hours is posted on signs at the entrance to each lot.
For parking during the day, students can register for a parking permit. About 700 parking permits for GS available on-campus through lottery (register in April/May).

There are a variety of Park-n-Ride lots available within Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas. For some of the Park-n-Ride lots, a CAP permit must be applied for online from DPS.

Visitor Parking

Visitors to UNC have access to hourly and daily parking.

Parking in Chapel Hill

Downtown Chapel Hill has metered parking during business hours. Free parking on evenings and Sundays.

Inclusion in the list above does not imply endorsement by The Graduate School or the University.