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. 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 12:30 am (last call at 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 Accessibility Services Office for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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 surface 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 and a valid driver’s license. See Harvard Transportation and Parking Services.
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.
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