Getting Around Town

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Get anywhere you need to go in Chapel Hill by biking, walking, taking Chapel Hill Transit or driving. The many ways to get around Chapel Hill include a fare-free transit system, bikeways and greenways.

Maps are available from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.


Chapel Hill Transit

Loading bikes on a Chapel Hill Transit busChapel Hill Transit provides free bus service to Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC. For more information, visit www.chtransit.org or call Chapel Hill Transit at 919-969-4900.

E-Z Rider service is available for people who have mobility limitations and are unable to use regular bus service. E-Z Rider vans are equipped with wheelchair lifts. To schedule a pickup, call 919-969-5544.

Park and Ride

Park and take a Chapel Hill Transit bus. Permits are available by the day, month or year. UNC permits can be used in Town park and ride lots. For more information, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/prlots.

UNC Park and Ride Lots

Park and Ride lots owned by UNC require a permit, which may be obtained by students or employees of UNC from the UNC Department of Public Safety.

More information: www.dps.unc.edu/Transit/gettingtowork/parkandride/parkandride.cfm 

Triangle Transit

Triangle Transit provides regional public transportation service in the Triangle with connections to Chapel Hill Transit and other city transit systems, including Durham and Raleigh. Information: 919-485-RIDE (7433) or www.triangletransit.com


Biking

Bike on Chapel Hill GreenwayDownload the new Chapel Hill Bicycle and Greenways map. [pdf]

Before you get on your bike, know about bicycle safety.

Bike and Ride

Some Chapel Hill Transit buses are equipped with bike racks on the front. View a video showing how to use the bike racks.

Chapel Hill Greenways

Chapel Hill's extensive system of greenways that connects neighborhoods, commercial areas, parks, schools and other destinations. This network of open spaces provides important travel corridors for wildlife, areas suitable for the preservation of trees and plants, buffers between urban development, and in many cases, corridors suitable for recreational trail development.

The Chapel Hill Greenways Commission is working to complete more than 28 miles of trails that will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to quickly and safely access almost every part of our town.

Get more information about Chapel Hill greenways at www.townofchapelhill.org/greenways.


Walking

Downtown Walking Map

A Chapel Hill Downtown Walking Map (pdf) has been created by Go! Chapel Hill Active Living by Design.  

Pedestrian safety


Driving

The Town of Chapel Hill provides more than 850 parking spots in downtown Chapel Hill. View a map of parking locations.

Save money and help the environment by carpooling! Register for carpooling at Share the Ride NC or call 919-485-7461. Information: gotriangle.org/Carpool or 919-485-7433

Zipcars are available at locations on the UNC campus. To join or find available cars, visit www.zipcar.com/unc.

Free valet parking is provided Monday through Saturday for patrons of 18 participating downtown businesses. Others can use the valet service for a $5 fee. Drop off your car at the West End Valet Stand in front of the UNC Information Technology building at 440 W. Franklin St. or at the East End Valet Stand in front of Spanky’s Restaurant at 101 E. Franklin St. For a list of participating businesses, visit www.downtownchapelhill.com/valet

The East End Valet Stand is open from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The West End Valet Stand is open from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


 

In Your Community

Safe Routes to School

Go! Chapel Hill works to make it easier and safer for children to walk or bike to school. This is good for the environment and for the physical health of our children. There are six Active Schools in the Go! Chapel Hill program including Estes Hills Elementary, Rashkis Elementary, Ephesus Road Elementary, Mary Scroggs Elementary, Phillips Middle and Culbreth Middle.


Other

Airport

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is located about 30 minutes east of Chapel Hill off Interstate 40. Information: 919-840-2123

Triangle Transit Route 100 connects the Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center (RTC) with RDU Airport Monday through Saturday (no Sunday service).

Train

NCByTrain.org, new from the N.C. Department of Transportation, makes it easier than ever to experience North Carolina by rail. The website offers a one-stop shop for buying train tickets, checking the status of a train, or locating a station.

Amtrak: The Carolinian travels daily between Charlotte and New York City, with stops in Durham, Raleigh, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Piedmont makes daily trips between Raleigh and Charlotte. Information: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or www.amtrak.com

Greyhound

Stations are located in Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro. For more information, visit www.greyhound.com.

Rickshaws

Rickshaw (pedicab) rides are available in downtown Chapel Hill. For more information, visit greenwayrides.com. Greenway Rides also provides earth-friendly vehicles powered by biodiesel.  

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