How to Live Without Uber: A Duke Student’s Guide to Triangle Public Transportation

Looking for a public transportation guide for your next off-campus car-free adventure? Since bus fares will remain free until 2023, now is the best time to hop on a bus and explore. GoDurham has a trip planner that can help you navigate your routes. Here are the easiest ways to navigate from Duke to the nine popular spots in The Triangle area.

Tobacco District/Durham Station

With just a ten-minute bus ride from East Campus, you can tour the Durham Farmers Market on a sunny Saturday or immerse yourself in the nightlife of downtown Durham.

You can use these directions to navigate to the starting point for the next eight trips.

Board the bus on Main Street at the Campus Drive station on East Campus. Take the 11B bus to Durham Station or the 11 to Durham Station. Travel for four stops, which will take about four minutes. Then get off at Durham Station in the Tobacco District.

West Point at Eno River State Park

Eno Park is the perfect getaway to explore idyllic swimming holes or lush hikes on the weekend. Better yet, this beautiful oasis in the woods is less than an hour from campus on the 9 bus.

Take the 9 bus from the Durham station to Northern High School. Travel for 76 stops, which will take you about 49 minutes. Get off the bus at Eno Park. The stop is located on Seven Oaks Road in the Riverview Shopping Center.

South Plaza shopping center

In the mood for a Target run? Need something from Office Depot or want to satisfy your Chick-fil-A cravings? The 10 bus provides convenient transportation in just half an hour.

Take the 10 bus to New Hope Commons at the Durham station. Travel for 42 stops, which should take around 23 minutes. Exit the bus on University Drive at Westgate Drive to get to Target.

The streets at Southpoint Mall

For even more shopping, the Streets at Southpoint Mall features dozens of clothing chains and a sprawling food court just a half hour from campus.

Take the 5 bus to Southpoint at Durham Station. Travel for 36 stops, which should take around 27 minutes. Get off the bus at South Point Mall, the station is located on Fayetteville Road at Renaissance Parkway.

AMC CLASSIC Durham

To see the latest blockbuster or the A24 movie, all you need to do is ride the 10 bus to New Hope Commons two stops past South Square Mall.

Take the 10 bus to New Hope Commons at the Durham station. Travel for 44 stops, which should take around 24 minutes. Get off at University Drive at Larchmont Drive then walk 9 minutes, 0.4 miles, along Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway by Harris Teeter and you will see the AMC on your right.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Getting to UNC-Chapel Hill couldn’t be easier for Duke students. The Robertson Express provides convenient transportation throughout the school year. Buses leave Duke and UNC from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm on weekdays, 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturdays, and 11:40 am to 9:30 pm on Sundays. Click here for the full schedule. The Robertson Express is free.

The Duke stop is located on Science Drive Circle in front of the Physics building. The stop at UNC is located at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, 250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Downtown Raleigh

Fortunately for Duke students, there are several options to get from downtown Durham to downtown Raleigh in just 40 minutes.

Option one (bus, only available on weekdays):

You can take the DRX Durham-Raleigh Express on Chapel Drive at Duke University Road, or you can take the bus to the Durham station and hop on there. Travel four stops from Durham Station, which will take about 40 minutes. You will arrive in Raleigh at Moore Square, which is located at 201 South Blount Street.

Note: This is a commuter route, so there is no midday, late night, or weekend service on this route.

Option two (train):

Buy Amtrak tickets before your trip for $7. Usually four trains run a day. From Durham Station, take the Piedmont Train to Raleigh Union Station. Travel for two stops, which should take around 38 minutes. You will arrive in Raleigh at the Raleigh Union Station, located at 510 W Martin Street.

Option 3 (Bus):

At the Durham Station, take the 700 toward the Regional Transit Center. Travel for seven stops, which should take about 20 minutes. Get off at the GoTriangle Regional Transit Center (RTC) and transfer to the 100 toward Raleigh via the RDU Airport. Travel for 22 stops, which should take around 45 minutes. Get off in Raleigh at Moore Square, which is located at 201 South Blount Street.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

And finally, if you need to catch a flight, using public transportation to get to Raleigh-Durham International Airport is easier than you think.

From the Durham Station, take the 700 bus to the Regional Transit Center. Travel for seven stops, which should take around 25 minutes. Get off at the GoTriangle Regional Transit Center. Then transfer to the RDU GoTriangle Regional Transit Center (RTC) and RTP Connect. Travel for five stops, which should take around 10 minutes. You will then arrive at RDU Airport in Terminal 2 (Zone 6).

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