UIUC Learn To Ride

We are the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), your safe public transit provider serving campus and the community. Our goals for serving campus include high frequency, easy-to-learn routing, and late night service. With a valid iCard, University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff have unlimited access to MTD bus service on 25 routes across campus and throughout the community, including fixed-route buses and on-demand van service. Whether you are hopping aboard to get to your afternoon biology class or you want to head off-campus for some shopping, MTD will get you there. We look forward to serving you while you are here with us - welcome aboard, Illini!

Learn to ride the bus!

Interactive Map

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. This tool can help. Loaded up with MTD’s top campus and community routes, you select from a list of major destinations (academic buildings, University Housing, etc.) to see which bus routes can take you from Point A to Point B. Make sure to check out the additional navigation links on the left sidebar to learn more about a particular bus stop, boarding points, and bus schedules. map


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The Basics

Whether you’re looking for quick Hopper service, need a transfer to the Mall, plan to take a bus or train out of town for the weekend at Illinois Terminal, or just want to understand late night bus service and designated stops, we’ve got you covered with MTD 101.

Campus Service

We have great amenities that were designed with Illini in mind, from convenient iStops, SafeRides vans, gameday TranSPORT shuttles, and support for Parkland Pathways, your iCard gives you access to a variety of service to meet your transportation needs.

Passenger Tools

MTD has a variety of passenger tools that are powered by a sophisticated real-time information system that communicates with our GPS equipped vehicles so you can receive up-to-the-minute updates on your route’s departure time.

Stay Informed

There are many ways to connect with us for important alerts and announcements about MTD service. Check out our calendar for closures and reductions and learn where to find important information on reroutes. You can also stay connected on social media.

Tips & Safety

Lose an item on board? Wanna take your bike across town? Never used public transit and don’t know how to ride a bus? We can help with all of that. Take a look at our tips for riding and staying safe.


SafeRides is an on-demand van service providing a safe ride for individuals (or small groups up to three people) traveling at night in areas of campus where standard bus service is unavailable. Trips must be within the designated SafeRides boundaries. (See map.)