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If you are flying to the conference, you will be coming into Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU), which is approximately 15 miles east of Chapel Hill. From RDU, you can take a taxi, other transportation service, public buses, or rent a car.


There are several taxi services that operate out of RDU. If you step out to the curb in front of the terminal, you’ll see a line of RDU Taxi vehicles. You can expect to spend about $40-50 to get to your hotel in Chapel Hill, and the journey should take about 30 minutes.

Transportation Services

There are several personal and group transportation services that have privileges to operate out of RDU.

Public Buses

There is public bus service between RDU and Chapel Hill.  This is inexpensive ($2.25-$4.50), but be aware that it can involve a significant time commitment (1-2 hours, depending on your destination) and won’t be an option if you arrive at night after the buses stop running. You can take the 100 bus to the Regional Transit Center, and then the 800 bus to Chapel Hill (total journey of about 45-60 minutes). The 800 bus route has stops close to some of the hotels:

  • Courtyard Marriott (0.2 miles from the NC 54 at Meadowmont Lane stop)
  • Aloft Chapel Hill (463 feet from Raleigh Road at Glen Lennox Shopping Center stop)
  • Carolina Inn (0.2 miles from the Pittsboro Street at Credit Union stop)
  • Hampton Inn and Suites (0.3 miles from NC 54 at Falconbridge Road stop)
  • Holiday Inn Express (0.2 miles from NC 54 at Falconbridge Road stop)

For the other hotels (Hampton Inn-Carrboro, Residence Inn, Sheraton Chapel Hill, Quality Inn, Chapel Hill University Inn), you would need to take two or more connections (involving Triangle Transit and/or Chapel Hill Transit buses), and the entire journal is likely to take 1.5 – 2 hours.

Rental Car

If you want to explore Durham, Raleigh, and the rest of North Carolina in the evenings and following the conference, you might find it helpful to rent a car to get around.

There are ten rental car companies at RDU.

Take the marked shuttles from either terminal to the car rental facilities. Driving from RDU, you will take I-40 W and take the exit for Chapel Hill.


If you are driving to Chapel Hill: from the west you will take I-40 E/I-85 N to 15-501 S; from the east you will take I-40 W; from the north you will take I-85 S and 15-501 S; from the south you will take 15-501 N.

We’ll be providing private buses throughout the week, but if you will be driving to the Friday Center for the Monday-Thursday events or to the UNC campus for the Friday events, see the parking page.