Residential Students - Options for Getting Around

Residential Students: Options for Getting Around

You don't need a car to get around Duke.

Enterprise CarShare

CarShare by Enterprise-Rent-A-Car is a membership-based car-sharing program on campus for people who are looking for an alternative method of transportation that lowers the cost and reduces the hassles of traditional transportation. It provides Duke students, faculty and staff with a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around - whether to run errands, travel to meetings or to take a road trip.


Staff, faculty and students who bike to Duke and do not regularly bring a vehicle to campus are not required to purchase a parking permit and may register as a bicycling commuter.

Duke Buses

Duke Transit operates more than 30 buses with routes throughout the campus and health system. Students, staff, faculty and visitors can ride campus buses at no charge. Riders must abide by these guidelines. There’s also the Robertson Scholars route, which provides service between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Local and Regional Bus Service

Local and regional bus transportation is provided off-campus by the Durham Area Transit Authority and Triangle Transit. Duke offers the GoPass, a local and regional bus pass, to students for free. All undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are eligible. Visiting scholars and other Duke affiliates may be eligible with a $25 fee.  Be sure to check out the Bull City Connector, a fare-free service that connects downtown with Duke University and medical facilities. 

Duke Transit provides shuttles to/from RDU airport before major holiday breaks.  Shuttle reservations can be made through the DukeMobile app approximately 2 weeks in advance of when the service is available.  Visit the GoTriangle site for more information on how to get to/from the airport or train station for free with a GoPass when Duke's RDU shuttles are not in service. 

Ride-Matching for Holiday Breaks

Duke hosts a digital ride board for students who are looking to carpool to/from holiday break destinations.  For directions on how to use this tool, click here.

Parking Permits

With nearly 13,000 students at Duke, the university is continually making strides to provide the best and easiest ways to park on campus.