Plan A Visit

Getting here….

Durham, North Carolina

Driving Directions

Duke is located near Interstates 40 and 85 in Durham, N.C. Though signs for Duke University abound throughout the area, you might need some guidance. You can map your route to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You may also find our searchable campus map to be a helpful reference tool.

Download and print driving directions.

Airport Ground Transportation

Duke’s campus is only a 20-minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). For information on taxi service and other ground transportation options, please visit RDU’s website. Duke does not provide airport shuttle service.


Durham offers a variety of lodging options – from charming bed and breakfast inns to luxury hotels, including several hotels that are brand new or have recently opened.


  • Durham Hotel
  • Museum Hotel – 21C
  • Washington Duke Inn
  • Aloft

Getting Around

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Durham is easy to navigate and offers ample on street and public parking for those who drive. There are also plenty of public transportation options including a free bus – the Bull City Connector – that stops at Duke as well as all of Durham’s hot spots.


  • GoPass
  • DATA
  • Bull City Connector
  • Triangle Transit
One of the Top Places in the world to Visit in 2011 ~ The New York Times

A Day in Durham

Spend a day here.

7 a.m. – Start your day with an early morning breakfast on 9th Street

8 a.m. – Take a walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens

9 a.m. – Take a tour of Duke Campus via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

11 a.m. – View works from local artists at the Durham Art Guild, or see the latest exhibits at the Nasher Museum of Art

12:30 p.m. – Get lunch on Main Street

2 p.m. – Explore the city’s heritage at the Durham History Hub

3 p.m. – Recaffeinate and refocus at Cocoa Cinnamon

4 p.m. – Window shop at Brightleaf Square

6:30 p.m. – Taste the regional barbeque or dine at a locally-sourced restaurant

9 p.m. – Watch a film at the Carolina Theatre or Full Frame Theater

11 p.m. – Indulge in dessert or drinks in downtown Durham

A Year in Durham

Plan a year here.

Jan – Give back to the community at the MLK Million Meal event

Feb – Attend Duke ASA’s LNY student showcase and commemorate the lunar new year
(Other cultural events: Hayti Heritage Festival, Durham Powwow)

Mar – Sample local eats and drinks at Bull City Food & Beer Experience

Apr – Enjoy a film screening at Full Frame Documentary Festival

May – Check out the creative scene at The Art of Cool Fest, Durham’s annual jazz festival, or Moogfest, the arts and technology festival.

Jun – See a premier performance at the critically-acclaimed American Dance Festival

Jul – Take in Durham’s great outdoors at the Festival for the Eno.

Aug – Witness emcees battle it out at Durm Hip Hop Summit

Sep – Celebrate Durham’s inclusive community at NC Pride Parade

Oct – Cheer on Duke Football during Homecoming Weekend /
Eat, drink and be merry at the NC State Fair

Nov – Appreciate local arts and crafts at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market

Dec – Experience a performance of Handel’s Messiah under the vaulted arches of Duke Chapel

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