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. 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. Please see Harvard Transportation and Parking Services for hours of operations and instructions for booking a ride.

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 Accessibility Services Office 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 and Saturdays (no service on Sundays or University holidays) during the academic year. 

Members of the Harvard community with a valid ID card from Harvard University 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) 632-2310 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

Please see Harvard Transportation and Parking Services' website for COVID-related updates regarding on-campus parking permits.

Paid parking lots

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

  • Charles Square Garage at 1 Bennett Street
  • University Place Garage at 45 University Road
  • Municipal Parking Lot at 110 Mount Auburn Street
  • Harvard Square Parking Garage at 20 Elliot Street
  • Smith Campus Center Parking Garage (formerly Holyoke Center Parking Garage) at 1350 Massachusetts Avenue
  • 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.