Exchange students love to travel while they are here. While Raleigh is a medium-sized city, methods of travel may not be similar to those found in other cities abroad.

Wolfline Bus System

Get around campus on the Wolfline, which runs continuously on days that classes are in session. You can also track the buses online so you don’t have to wait outside in bad weather.

Locate a Bus

CAT and GoTriangle Buses

To travel within the city of Raleigh, students can purchase a GoPass for $5. Routes include Crabtree Valley Mall, NC Museum of Art, and downtown Raleigh. With a GoPass, students can also travel for free to Durham and Chapel Hill.

Get a GoPass

Uber, Lyft and Taxis

Uber and Lyft are popular ride sharing apps used by many students. They are similar to taxis and the cost can be split among users. Taxis may also be used and are relatively inexpensive if traveling with a group.


NC State is home to hundreds of bright lime green bikes – part of a dockless public bike share program. Using a smart phone app, users can ride anywhere and park at any bike rack or parking area. This is a quick and convenient way to get around on campus.

Each 30 minute ride is only 50 cents and your first ride is free!

Outside of Raleigh

There are many ways to get around Raleigh and see more of the U.S. while traveling on weekends and holidays.

Renting a car for a weekend or holiday trip can be an affordable option if you are traveling with a few friends.  Some rental agencies in the U.S. will not rent to drivers under 21 years of age and many will not rent to drivers under 25. Others may charge a supplemental fee for drivers under 25.  Agencies will normally require a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) as a security deposit.
Air travel within the U.S. is widely available and RDU Airport is a short ride from campus.  Student fares (Student Universe) are often available and there are “last minute” discounts offered by some airlines.
Megabus is an affordable option to travel to some US cities like D.C. and Atlanta. The closest station is in Durham.
The train can be another affordable option for travel in the U.S. The Amtrak train station in Raleigh is located at 320 W. Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh.