Getting Around Durham

Situated in one of the most important regions of North Carolina, the city of Durham is easy to reach and navigate by several modes of transportation. The state capital Raleigh is located only about 25 miles south of Durham. Greensboro, North Carolina's third largest city, is situated about 50 miles west of Durham. Being a major university and corporate community, Durham has a sufficient transit network for a large volume of visitors.

Being a typical All-American city, Durham's transportation network is dominated by vehicles. North Carolina's fifth biggest city is served by two major highways; Interstate 85 and Interstate 40. I-85 runs through all of North Carolina and terminates in Alabama, passing through South Carolina and Georgia along the way. The 2,500 mile span of Interstate 40 connects Durham to any visitors driving from all of the southern regions of the United States between California and parts of North Carolina. Of course, I-40 and I-85 provide a convenient drive between Durham and Raleigh or Greensboro. The North Carolina Highway 147 is a major local road that acts as a beltway that traverses through most of Durham. Additionally, the Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard (Route 501) leads directly into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

For remote visitors, the best express route into Durham is a direct flight to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Served by nine airlines, the airport offers flights to over 30 major destinations in the United States. With eight car rental companies at the airport, arriving passengers can easily cruise to Durham in about 20 minutes. Taxis and shuttle vans are also readily available outside both terminal buildings.

Visitors who prefer a traditional long distance trip, can embark on exciting journeys offered by Amtrak. Located along Chapel Hill Street in the downtown district, The Durham Amtrak Station is served by the Carolinian and Piedmont trains, which connect to major destinations on the Eastern coast of the United States.

Public transportation in Durham and the surrounding areas is provided by the Triangle Transit. The transportation authority operates dozens of bus routes throughout Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. Many of the routes make stops at major destinations such as Chapel Hill, Downtown Durham, Downtown Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park. The Regional Transit Center is a major transfer hub in the Triangle Transit system. Additionally, the Triangle Transit bus route 100 stops at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. There are also more than a dozen local bus routes in Durham provided by the Durham Area Transit Authority.