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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation to and from campus is very convenient. There are multiple locations for stops, and buses arrive around every 15 minutes. The only down side is that they can get very crowded in the mornings during class times, and often the buses will not stop if there's already too many people on board. Toward the end of the semester, they started adding more buses in the mornings which improved things a lot, but I'm not sure if they will continue this. Overall though, the transportation is pretty good.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus and Chapel Hill buses are free (well, subsidized through your tuition) and run fairly regularly and conveniently throughout the week (but are greatly reduced on weekends). I had to take a bus off campus once a week last semester to volunteer and it really wasn't a hassle. Long distance transportation is a different story - the airport and Megabus stations are an expensive 40 min taxi drive away, which especially hard on the out-of-state students.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The only type of transportation I have experience with at UNC Chapel Hill are the buses. They are free and routes go pretty much everywhere within a 15 mile radius of campus. They make it easy to get around and even venture off campus.

4 College Student

Transportation: We don't need planes and long-distance buses.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I used buses to travel around campus for classes. Bus schedules were easy to access and I had no problem navigating where I needed to go. I had a car for other transportation needs as parking around campus after 5 was not a big hassle. Cost to use buses is zero.

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Chapel Hill is a great city to live in, but one of the things that sweetens the deal is the abundance of free and fast transit to places all over the city. Students can ride Chapel Hill Transit buses for free, and most areas of town are serviced by various routes. There is also the Triangle Transit Authority which takes students to shopping centers, airports, and other places in the city for a cheap price. Campus shuttles are quite reliable and a great means of transportation for students traveling between north and south campuses, and the Robertson bus takes students between UNC and Duke for free. There is also an abundance of taxi companies with discounted rates for students who need to travel further than city limits.  

Students at UNC definitely appreciate and take advantage of the the public transportaion given to them. Most students, however, take for granted the safety and reliability that public transportation provides to Chapel Hill. Having a car is convenient but not necessary at UNC. Lucky for students, buses and bus schedules are easy to access, making transit a piece of cake.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Catch a ride with a friend
  • Chapel Hill Transit
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Airport Taxi: (919) 942-4492
  • Tar Heel Transit Authority: (919) 549-9999

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safe Ride
(919) 968-2772
Daily 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

P2P Express

Provides transportation for students to any place on campus, transportation for all disabled student and faculty 24 hours a day.

(919) 962-7867

Daily 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Robertson Scholars Express Bus

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Triangle Transit Authority

Several routes serving campus

Capital Area Transit (CAT)

The CAT buses run throughout Raleigh and some outlying suburban areas.

(919) 890-3430


Chapel Hill Transit (CHT)

Grab the U or RU bus.

(919) 968-2769

Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 15 miles east of campus.

2400 W. Terminal Blvd., Morrisville

(919) 840-7700

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound - Durham

The Greyhound terminal in Durham is approximately 10 miles northeast of campus.

515 W. Pettigrew St., Durham

(919) 687-4800

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - Durham

The Amtrak station in Durham is located approximately 10 miles northeast of campus.

400 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham

(919) 956-7932

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 156 responses

  • 74% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 2% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 155 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 86% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 68 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 68 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 68 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 155 responses

  • 28% Very easy.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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