Transportation and Parking

Shuttle and van services

Harvard University Transportation Services provides free transportation throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses for Extension School students and faculty. Shuttle buses run seven days a week (except during holiday and semester breaks). See Harvard Transportation and Parking Services to view shuttle bus routes and schedules.

An evening van service provides door-to-door transportation around the Cambridge and Allston campuses and transports Harvard community members off the scheduled shuttle bus route. The service operates between 7 pm and 3 am (last call at 2:30 am) seven days a week during the academic year. Between Commencement and the start of fall classes, the service operates from 7 pm until midnight. For information, call (617) 495-0400.

The daytime van service is designed for Harvard community members who, as a result of physical impairment or a medical condition, find it difficult or impossible to use the regular fully accessible shuttle bus. Students who wish to use the daytime van service should contact the disability services coordinator at disabilities@dcemail.harvard.edu or (617) 495-0977 for more information.

M2 shuttle

The Longwood Medical Area shuttle (M2), operated by the Medical, Academic, and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO), connects the Cambridge campus to the Medical School weekdays from 6:40 am to 11 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 10 pm (no service on Sundays or University holidays) during the academic year.

Extension School degree candidates with Harvard ID cards can ride for free. Members of the Harvard community without Harvard ID cards may purchase tickets in advance at the Harvard University Events and Information Center in the Smith Campus Center, and at various Medical School locations. For more information on tickets and schedules, call (617) 632-2800 or visit the MASCO website.

Public transportation

Because of heavy traffic and limited parking, public transportation is the best way to get to campus. Take the Red Line of the MBTA subway (the “T”) to the Harvard Square Station. Campus is a quick walk from the station. A number of bus lines also have stops in Harvard Square. Visit the MBTA website.

Cycling

For information about cycling around Boston and Cambridge, visit Commuter Choice or call (617) 384-RIDE. All Harvard shuttles and vans have exterior bike racks.

Parking options

Because parking in Cambridge is extremely limited, we recommend that you use public transportation. Harvard’s Parking Services does offer a limited number of evening commuter permits for University garages or parking lots. These permits are valid only in the designated garage or lot to which they are assigned, from 5 pm to 3 am, Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends and University holidays. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out quickly for some garages or lots.

Apply for a permit in person at the Campus Service Center, providing a copy of your student registration confirmation, a valid driver’s license, and vehicle registration. See Harvard Transportation and Parking Services.

Paid parking lots

There are a few paid parking lots and garages near campus:

  • Propark at the Charles Square Garage at 1 Bennett Street
  • University Place Parking at 124 Mount Auburn Street
  • Municipal Parking Lot at 110 Mount Auburn Street
  • Harvard Square Parking Garage at 20 Elliot Street
  • Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) Parking Garage at 1350 Massachusetts Avenue
  • The Church Street Lot at 41 Church Street

Learn more about parking in Harvard Square.

Motorist Assistance Program

The Motorist Assistance Program provides free campus emergency road service for Harvard community members parked on Harvard University property who need help charging a dead battery, changing a tire, retrieving keys that have been locked inside a car, or run out of gas. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including University holidays. Call (617) 496-HELP.

Campus map

Use the Harvard University campus map to explore campus.