Transportation services

Harvard University Transportation Services provides free transportation throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses for Extension School students and faculty. The services include the shuttle bus, which travels throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses seven days a week (except during holiday and semester breaks). Find schedules on the Harvard Transportation Services website.

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. After Commencement and through August, 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 shuttle bus. Students with physical impairments should contact the disability services coordinator, (617) 495-0400, for information about the daytime van service.

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.

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, 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

For information about public transportation, call the MBTA, (617) 222-3200, or visit the MBTA website.


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 services

Campus Service Center, Smith Campus Center, 8th floor
(617) 496-7827

Parking Services offers 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, providing a copy of your student registration confirmation, a valid driver’s license, and vehicle registration. Accepted forms of payment are cash, traveler’s check, personal check, or credit card.

See Parking Services for more information.