How to Ride

Ride like a pro after spending a few minutes with our "How to Ride" videos, which cover everything you need to use CityBus. To begin, click the video links to the right.

Route Schedules and Maps

Familiarize yourself with the bus routes and schedules, which are available in the "Schedules & Maps" menu under the CityBus logo above. You can also use Google Maps to locate bus stops near your starting and ending points, and to plan bus trips. See more information about using Google to Plan a CityBus Trip.

Where to Wait for the Bus

Buses will stop only at designated bus stops along the route. (A list of bus stop locations for each route is linked on each schedule page, or just looked for the bus stop signs on the street. Bus stops are located about every two blocks.)

  • Arrive at the stop three minutes before the scheduled time. It is very important to be at the stop when the bus arrives, not running to the stop from a nearby location. Because keeping the schedule is important to our customers, riders who are not at the stop when the bus arrives will be passed by; the bus cannot wait for you.

  • Unfortunately, bus stop signs can disappear due to construction, accidents, or vandalism, and it can take many weeks for the sign to be replaced. Therefore, CityBus customers and bus operators should be guided by the stop list rather than the presence or absence of a bus stop sign. If you notice a bus stop sign is missing or damaged, please report it to the Development Manager at (765) 423-2666.

How to "Flag" and Board the Bus

Check the headsign at the front of the bus for the route/destination. Signal the driver to pick you up by holding up your arm high in the air as the bus approaches. Don't get passed by! Put your arm high in the air. Wait on the sidewalk or curb until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens. Enter only at the front door of the bus, and have your fare ready when you board.

Follow the System Rules for a Safe and Enjoyable Ride

All passengers are required to pay fare (fares are paid for some riders such as Purdue students). Riders are also required to follow all System Rules. Passengers who disregard these rules may be removed from the bus by police or denied service. These rules require passengers to follow all directions provided by the bus operator.


A fare is valid for one one-way trip. If you need to change buses to get to your destination, please ask the driver for a transfer ticket when you board the first bus. The driver will give you a ticket which you must insert into the ticket reader on the next bus's farebox. This will show the driver of the second bus that the fare has been paid for your ride. (Pass holders and those who ride fare-free do not need to use transfer tickets.)

Remember that transfers are valid only for the completion of a one-way trip. Return trips or rides to additional destinations require another fare. The Day Pass is a convenient alternative to using transfer tickets.

How to Get Off the Bus

To get off the bus, signal the driver one block before your stop by pulling the cord or pressing the yellow strip. This will ring a bell and light the "stop requested" signal for the driver. The driver will let you off at the next safe intersection or designated bus stop. Exit through the rear door and do not cross in front of the bus after exiting. If you must cross the street, please wait for the bus to pull away first.

Detours & Disruptions

Buses sometimes make detours that are not shown on printed and online schedules, such as when there is road construction. Planned detours are posted inside the bus on the display rack at the front of the bus. They are also available on the News & Notes Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Holiday Schedule

CityBus does not operate on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. No evening service is operated on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.

Bike Racks

All CityBus regular route buses are equipped with bike racks, so you can take your bike with you. See information about Bike Racks.


CityBus is committed to making use of fixed route public transportation accessible to all people, including people with disabilities. Wheelchair-lift or ramp-equipped buses are assigned to all Regular Routes. In addition, electronic information signs and audio announcements on most buses aid passengers with visual or hearing impairments. Ask the driver or any CityBus employee if you need special assistance due to a disability.

ACCESS paratransit services are available to passengers who meet eligibility requirements established by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

How to Ride Videos

How to Ride Videos

Chapter 1
Chapter 1: Meet the Bus

Chapter 2
Chapter 2: Plan Your Ride

Chapter 3
Chapter 3: Get On/Off

Chapter 4
Chapter 4: How to Pay

Chapter 5
Chapter 5: Rules of the Road

Chapter 6
Chapter 6: Special Handling

Chapter 7
Chapter 7: Wabash Trolley

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