Alternate transportation options

You've got choices when it comes to your campus commute! Alternatives to driving alone include busing, biking, walking, utilizing the Zipcar Rental service, and carpooling. With any of these options, you are eligible for 5 FREE daily permits (valid in Silver 17, Green 1 or Blue 1 zones) for those days alternate transportation is just not possible. All you need to do is register with Parking Services as an alternate transportation user. For more information on this or any of the programs listed, please call our office at (775) 784-4654. We are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Your University of Nevada, Reno ID, the WolfCard, is now your key to free transportation! The U-Pass program is a partnership with RTC of Washoe County. Beginning July 1, 2019, University of Nevada, Reno students, faculty and staff can use their WolfCard to ride any route for free. Travel to Midtown, Downtown and around town with the U-Pass.

University-Midtown Direct

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is launching a new, temporary route that will connect Midtown Reno to the University of Nevada, Reno campus and Downtown Reno. This new route, UNR-Midtown Direct, will start on Saturday, August 25, 2019. Rides on the UNR-Midtown Direct will be free through the U-Pass Program for University of Nevada, Reno faculty, staff and students. You just need to show your WolfCard ID to the driver.

Electric vehicle charging stations

The University of Nevada, Reno main campus offers two electric vehicle charging stations. The stations are located on the third floor in the northeast corner of both the Brian Whalen Parking Complex and the West Stadium Parking Complex. To use the stations, you must have a valid university parking permit for the zone where the charging station is located (Silver 11 or Silver 17) and an active ChargePoint card. Register on the ChargePoint website.

Walking / drop off

Get your feet on the street!

Walking is a simple, cost-effective and stress free way to get to school with a smile on your face. Each step saves you money, contributes to your health and eliminates the stress of trying to find a parking space. Say good-bye to the woes of traffic and searching for parking, and say hello to your new favorite time of day.


Need a car? Reserve a Zipcar! The University of Nevada, Reno has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or on your phone, use your Zipcard to scan into the car, and drive away. When you're done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up. Cars are located in the parking lot on the corner of North Virginia Street and 11th Street, just East of Peavine Hall.

As a member you get:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  • Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff and students age 18 and older.
  • Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!


Beat the drive alone blues and use those extra seats in your car! Your car and wallet will thank you for saving money on fuel, maintenance and repair bills. Relax and enjoy the ride while you chat with your new carpool buddies, have some coffee or let someone else do the driving while you work on a crossword puzzle.

Designated carpool spaces are in the Green 1, Silver 17 and Silver 11 zones. Please contact our office to ask about carpool permit availability.