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Driving Directions to Campus by Automobile
Directions to the University North Carolina Dean Smith Center

Take I-85 South to Durham, NC. Exit left at US 15-501 in Durham and follow 15-501 approximately 9 miles to Chapel Hill. Once in Chapel Hill, maintain US 15-501 Bypass (Fordham Boulevard). At around the 7th stoplight, turn right onto Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.

Take I-85 North towards Durham. Exit just past Burlington onto NC 54 East (Exit #148, Chapel Hill Exit). Follow NC 54 for approximately 20 miles to Carrboro. Go through 2 stoplights and stay on NC 54 for about 4 miles to the next stoplight, Manning Drive. Turn left on Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.

Take I-40 West toward Chapel Hill. Exit at NC 54 West (Exit #273 B) and follow for approximately 4 miles. Once in Chapel Hill, continue to follow signs for NC 54 West, which means you will have to exit right under first overpass. At the top of the exit turn right at light. Follow NC 54 West/15-501South until the 2nd stoplight. Turn right onto Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.

Take US 15-50 North toward Chapel Hill. Exit right onto US 15-501 Bypass in Chapel Hill. Turn left at first stoplight onto Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.

Parking Information

Event Shuttle Service:
For select Smith Center events, Chapel Hill Transit will run Tar Heel Express shuttle buses. Service starts 1.5 hours before the scheduled start of an event. Buses operate from 2 or more of the following 4 locations (call 919-968-2769 for specific lots for your event). The one-way fare for the shuttle is $3.00 and $4.00 for round-trip. Return trips begin immediately after each event and continue for about 30-40 minutes.

  • Route 54 West: Carrboro Plaza Shopping Center
  • Route 54 East: Park and Ride Lot adjacent to the Friday Continuing Education Center
  • Route 15-501 South: Southern Village Park and Ridge lot (between Culbreth and Dogwood Acres Roads)
  • Route 15-501 East: University Mall at Estes Drive

For more information concerning upcoming events, you can call the 24 hour Special Events Information Line at 919-558-5961 or check out the Department of Public Safety website.

Limited parking is available on-site especially during special events (during basketball games, all lots surrounding the Smith Center are reserved). During Smith Center events, traffic around the Center may be restricted. During weekday events, Skipper Bowles Drive will be closed to thru traffic starting at 6:00pm. A parking fee is charged per car and may vary from event to event, but are typically as follows:

  • Automobile Parking up to $6.00
  • Limousine and Small RV Parking $10.00
  • Bus and Large RV Parking $20.00
  • Assistance Arranging Charter $25.00
  • Bus Parking (fee in addition to parking fee)

Handicap Parking:
Handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the lot across the street from the Smith Center. Cart transportation to the Smith Center from the designated handicap parking area is available before events. For safety reasons, transportation to the parking area after an event is available only after most of the Center is vacated.

Automobile Rental

Thrifty Car Rental
2804 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham, NC
Thrifty offers special rates for all students, alumni, faculty/staff and visitors of UNC
Please call our office directly for the rates:
(919) 832-9381, (919) 688-1147 or toll free at 1-800-THRIFTY

University Chrysler-Plymouth
419 West Franklin Street; Chapel Hill;
phone (919) 942-3121; fax (919) 967-6509.
Open M-F, 8am-7pm; Sa, 9am-5pm; closed major holidays.
Automobile rental--daily, weekly, monthly rates.
Convenient to downtown and UNC campus.
Seven- passenger minivans available.

University Ford
102 Ephesus Church Road; Chapel Hill;
phone (919) 929-0328; toll-free 800-367-3027; fax (919) 929-1915.
New fleet of cars, trucks and vans for rent at competitive rates.
Pick-up available. Travel Partners

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