Travel Information


Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Raleigh-Durham International Aiport is located about 20 minutes east of Chapel Hill. More than 20 airline companies (nine major and 12 regional carriers) provide direct service to 40 cities in the U.S., Canada and London. For information about airport parking, call (919) 840-2140.

Address: 1000 Trade Dr, (Interstate 40 at Exits 284 and 285), RDU Airport
Phone: (919) 840-2123

Other Airports

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Piedmont Triad Internation Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, NC are also available. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is located 3 hours west of Chapel Hill in Charlotte, NC. Piedmont Triad International Airport is located 1.5 hours west of Chapel Hill in Greensboro, NC.

From the Airport

Once you arrive at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the following shuttle and taxi services can help you get to Chapel Hill:

  • Airport and Intown Taxi—(919) 942-4492
  • Airport Straight Taxi—(919) 933-3396
  • Airport Taxi—(919) 942-4598
  • Destiny Destinations—(919) 968-1139
  • Main Street Taxi—(919) 932-5994
  • Tar Heel Taxi—(919) 933-1255
  • University Taxi—(919) 928-9000
  • RDU Airport Taxi—(919) 840-7277

By Car or Taxi

From Washington, DC

Take Interstate 95 south to Interstate 85 south at Petersburg, Virginia. When you get to Durham, North Carolina, pick up US Highway 15-501 Bypass at Exit 174—not 15-501 Business (which goes through downtown Durham, although it will merge again with “the bypass”). Once you’re on the bypass, continue south to Chapel Hill past Interstate 40.

As you approach Chapel Hill, the road will split, with US 15-501 bearing to the left toward Carrboro and Pittsboro, and East Franklin Street bearing to the right. Take Franklin Street to downtown Chapel Hill (with access to the University of North Carolina campus).

From Atlanta

Take Interstate 85 north to Charlotte and Greensboro. In Greensboro, the highway becomes Interstate 40 and Interstate 85. After you pass Mebane, take Exit 259 for Interstate 40 to Chapel Hill. Get off at Exit 266 for Chapel Hill and turn right onto NC Highway 86, which will become Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and then Columbia St. Turn left onto Cameron to enter the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

From Asheville

Take Interstate 40 to Greensboro, then follow the same directions under From Atlanta above.

From Raleigh

Take Interstate 40 to Exit 273A, which will put you on NC Highway 54 westbound toward Chapel Hill. NC 54 will become Raleigh Road at the intersection of US Highway 15-501. Stay on Raleigh Road, which will become South Road at the entrance to the University of North Carolina campus.

By Train or Bus

Passenger Rail

Amtrak/NC DOT — Operated jointly by the National Railway Transportation Corporation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The closest intrastate stations in Burlington, Cary and Durham, which offer connections to the interstate station in Raleigh for travel up and down the east coast and to other cities. Phone: 1-800-872-7245

Bus Service

Greyhound and Carolina Trailways provide bus service from terminals in Raleigh and Greensboro to other major cities in North Carolina and the rest of the U.S. Phone: 1-800-229-2424.

Triangle Transit Authority provides airport shuttle and regular bus service among Chapel Hill, Durham, the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh, with connections to their local bus systems. Phone: (919) 406-1710.

Orange Public Transportation provides regular bus service on selected routes between northern Orange County and downtown Hillsborough and Chapel Hill (central business district, University of North Carolina and UNC Hospitals). Most fares are 50ยข in city and $1 between cities. Phone: (919) 245-2008.