The Green Book: Transportation

Out and about? Want to save money and the environment? Want to avoid wasting time with parking? Don’t take a guilt trip--use public transportation, bike, or walk!

On Campus

  • Duke buses – Get around campus easily (and meet new people!).  Duke buses connect East, Central and West Campuses and leave every 5-7 minutes during the day. Track Duke buses and all regional transit in real-time at
  • Duke vans – If you’re out late, Duke’s free van service will bring you back to your dorm.
  • Bikes – Find resources and advice about biking at Duke.
  • Walk – It’s a mile and a quarter from East Campus to West Campus. Enjoy the weather and hoof it!
  • Alternatively, you could use a scooter, unicycle, pogo stick, skateboard, roller blades, broomstick, or wagon. Whoever said not having a car meant less freedom?

Off Campus

Choose Accessible Housing

  • View a map of area housing that is close to bus routes that come directly to campus.  Consider living in housing that is along a bus route or close to campus for biking and walking.


If you live near campus, biking may be faster than driving or busing!

  • Register as a bike commuter
  • The Bike Duke website includes recommended routes for biking to campus and routes and information about cycling in Durham
  • Purchase or “earn”a bike at the Durham Bike Co-op, then attend a workday to learn how to fix up your bike!

Duke Buses

  • Robertson Scholars Bus – Get a free ride to Chapel Hill, if you’re willing to venture into enemy territory... 
  • RDU Shuttle Bus - Save taxi fare and ride a Duke-sponsored bus to the airport before and after school breaks. 

Public Transportation

  • The Bull City Connector - Get around downtown Durham for free! The nearest bus stop is right outside of the main entrance to East Campus.  Visit restaurants, art galleries, the Durham Bulls Stadium and much more! 
  • DATA buses – Get around Durham! Get a FREE GoPass to ride at no charge from the Duke Parking and Transportation.
  • Triangle Transit – Travel the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). Most buses depart from the Durham Transit Center, which is a stop on the Bull City Connector. Get a FREE GoPass to ride at no charge from the Duke Parking and Transportation.


  • Car-sharing – Get off campus without the cost of owning a car! Enterprise CarShare offers 16 cars located around campus (including electric vehicles) that can be rented by the hour or by the day.
  • Carpooling and ride-sharing – befriend people with cars, or check DukeList for ride-sharing opportunities.
  • For those living off campus, register as a carpool to save on gas and parking permit fees and get access to waitlisted lots.

Stay Grounded

Air travel is one of the largest contributors to the carbon footprint of students at Duke.  Consider exploring locally on the weekends and during breaks.  Find fun activities in Durham.

Get Involved: Transportation

  • The student group Environmental Alliance often runs a transportation campaign.
  • Questions about any alternative transit options may be directed to Duke's transportation demand management coordinator, at (919) 684-3640.