Explore by Bus
TheRide provides exceptional bus service in the Greater Ann Arbor Area. Using the bus can be a convenient and cost-effective way to getDowntown.
Whether you live in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, or in another county, there's a bus service that fits your needs.
Learn the Basics
Plan a Trip
Plan a trip and track your bus! TheRide's convenient trip planning and bus tracking tools makes it easy to commute by bus.
Fares and Passes
The regular adult full fare is $1.50. Transfers are free and valid for 90 from the time they are issued. TheRide has many discounted passes. Employees of Downtown Ann Arbor businesses may be eligible to receive a go!pass.
Resources & Information
- What are the Benefits of Riding the Bus?
- Encourages healthier habits: Public transportation is linked to healthier lifestyles, as people who use public transportation are said to get more than three times the amount of physical activity per day than those who don’t, just from walking to and from their transit stops and their final destination.
- Saves money: Taking public transportation instead of owning a second vehicle can save (on average) more than $9,823 a year, and for those who ride instead of driving the primary vehicle, can save individuals a significant amount of money each month in avoided gas, maintenance, parking, and other expenses.
- Frees up time: Taking public transportation can free up a significant amount of time and attention, as someone else is doing the driving, which allows riders to spend their transit time reading, working, studying, or being entertained instead of having to watch the road.
- Reduced traffic congestion and pollution: Public transportation can convey many more people in much less space than individual automobiles, which helps to keep traffic congestion lower, which in turn reduces air pollution from idling vehicles, and helps riders avoid the stress that comes from daily driving in highly congested areas.
- Increases mobility: For those who don't, or can't, drive, public transportation allows them to get to work, to school, to the grocery store or doctor's office, or just to visit friends, without having to engage a friend or relative to do the driving.
- Bus Riding Tips
- Plan your trip ahead of time: Make sure you have a good idea of your route before you go. If you need help planning your route, visit TheRide for trip planning and bus tracking tools (http://www.theride.org/)
- Arrive at the bus stop early: Better to be at the stop early than to watch the bus pass you by as you run to catch it.
- Give it a week or two: If your bus is late or something happens on the first day of your ride, don’t give up! Try riding the bus for a week or two to really see if it’s right for you.
- Try it once a week: Make a commitment to trying to ride the bus once a week and compare it to your usual commute.
- Ask someone who rides the bus for advice: There are lots of people who ride the bus to work. Find someone at work who rides the bus to get a sense of the best route to take to get to your work. If you work downtown, getDowntown can also help you out. Just contact us! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Combining biking with riding the bus can save you time and give you a chance to get some exercise. http://www.theride.org/How-to-Ride/Fixed-Route-Service/Using-Bike-Racks).
- Other Bus and Transit Services
- AirRide Service to Detroit Metro Airport from downtown Ann Arbor
- Complete listing of AAATA Programs and Services
- HolidayRide and NightRide provides curb-to-curb services during late-night hours and on major holidays when fixed-route, ExpressRide, A-Ride and Senior services do not operate
- UM Parking and Transportation Services: Information on UM buses and bus routes
- People’s Express: Offers some commuter bus service to downtown Ann Arbor from Brighton and Saline
- The WAVE: AAATA’s Route 30 connects with the WAVE at Meijer on Jackson/Zeeb Roads. The WAVE provides service to Dexter and Chelsea
- MegaBus: Megabus provides direct bus service from Ann Arbor to Chicago, Cleveland, Toledo, and Pittsburgh. Access other cities via its Chicago hub
- Amtrak Ann Arbor: The Ann Arbor Amtrak Station provides train service to many cities. AAATA's Route 21 provides service to the Amtrak Station from the Blake Transit Center
- Greyhound: Bus service to many Michigan cities. AAATA's Route 21 provides service to the Greyhound Station from the Blake Transit Center
- MyRide: A coordination center that provides individuals with information and referrals on available transportation options. This information is based on travel needs in Washtenaw County and selected areas in Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, and Wayne Counties