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4 College Junior

Transportation: Duke has so many busses running between all three campuses and to certain locations around the hospital and off-campus. Sometimes, like for Fall and Spring break, they'll offer a shuttle to RDU (the airport).

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting out into Durham can be difficult, but getting around campus is always fairly easy. Public transportation can be a little sketchy at times, but fairly easy to track/catch if you're really keen on getting somewhere.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Haven't had any issues with it so far

4 College Junior

Transportation: Overall, the buses are pretty reliable, though it certainly can get old waiting for a bus. Many students have cars, making transportation off-campus easy.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is good at this university.

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Duke’s own campus transportation system is well-run, extremely safe, clean, efficient, and free. Some of the bus drivers are obviously not excited about driving around a bunch of college kids on the same route day after day, but who can blame them? At peak times, the buses can get quite crowded and, thus, uncomfortable, and the reduced schedule between East and West on the weekends can get annoying, but, on the whole, the buses do their job well. 

Duke students hardly ever use the Durham-run modes of public transport, as they are generally inconvenient, unreliable, and, at times, unsafe. The Duke system is extensive, and you'll rarely want more transport options around campus. Most students carpool or take a taxi if they need to get to the airport, though the University does schedule shuttles before and after major breaks. Many take the Robertson Scholars bus or have a friend drive them if they want to get to Chapel Hill. For movies and restaurants, students normally walk or drive their cars. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive/Zipcar
  • Take a bus
  • Walk
  • Bike
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $25.
  • Get a ride from a friend.
  • Take a Duke shuttle. Before and after holidays, Duke offers free shuttles to the airport that leave from the East and West Campus bus stops.
Did You Know?
  • If you want to get to Chapel Hill, take the Robertson Scholars bus which goes directly from the West Campus bus stop to UNC campus. For more information, check:
  • Duke has a partnership with Zipcar, so you can sign up for a membership and rent a Zipcar on campus for $8/hour or $60/day.
  • Duke has a free bike loaning program, so you can borrow a bike for a few days at a time to get around campus.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Duke Van Services
(919) 684-2020
From dusk to dawn

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Duke Buses

Duke provides a number of bus routes, connecting residential, academic, and perimeter lots on different areas of campus.

(919) 684-2218 (transit and fleet operations)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Triangle Transit Authority (TTA)

Triangle Transit has a distance-based fare system, where the farther you travel, the more you pay. The rate is between $1.50 and $2.

(919) 549-999

68 T W. Alexander Dr.

Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA)

The average cost is $0.75 and $0.35 for people under 18 or 65-and-over (transfers are free).

(919) 485-7433 (operations)

(919) 560-1551 (access)

1903 Fay St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is approximately sixteen miles from the Duke campus or about a 20-minute drive.

2400 W. Terminal Blvd., Morrisville

(919) 840-2123

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Durham Greyhound Station

The nearest Greyhound station is only about half a mile from Duke's East Campus.

515 W. Pettigrew St.

(919) 687-4800

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Durham Amtrak Station

The Amtrak station is also close to Duke campus-about a mile and a half away.

601 W. Main St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 53 responses

  • 49% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 43% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 83% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 35 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 35 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 35 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 52 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 19% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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