The University of Illinois is fortunate to have an exceptional public transit network available for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

  • Buses


    The university contracts with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) to provide bus service throughout campus. Because of this agreement, the university ID card serves as a full-access MTD bus pass for any route at any time. MTD schedules, maps, and transit district information are available online at

    How to Ride the MTD


    Track Your Ride

    MTD's STOPwatch technology tracks the exact location of each bus and projects the departure time for any given stop location in real time. Every intersection and major destination in the community has a unique identifying number, so riders can use text messaging, the internet, or the stationary displays throughout campus to know when to catch the bus.

    Campus Routes

    The four primary campus routes are the Gold, Yellow, Teal, and Silver, creating a box pattern and connecting the four corners of campus with the Champaign and Urbana downtown areas. These are high-frequency routes with 10-minute service. The Illini route and the Green route also serve campus with 10- and 15-minute service frequencies.

    Traveling with Bikes

    MTD buses are equipped with bike racks which hold two bicycles at a time.There is no extra charge for using the bike racks, but if the racks are full, you may need to wait for the next bus. Properly folded folding bikes may be brought on board if they do not block the aisle or doors. MTD's How to Ride offers more information about traveling with a bike.

    CUMTD Bus Lunch and Learn Program

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    Want to teach your group more about taking the local buses? Think employees or students will benefit from knowing more about transit? F&S and CU-MTD have teamed up to provide a free one hour session explaining the bus service on campus, the benefits to using buses, and answering and questions about transit in the area.





    Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) provides disability-related supports and services for students with disabilities at the University of Illinois, including assistance with academics, living accommodations, athletics, campus life, health and wellness, and paratransit. DRES' Office of Accessibility and Transportation Services offers regular route rides, night rides, call-in service, and rides for special events within the University Campus District. In addition, DRES provides rides to Willard Airport, the Illinois Terminal, and various off-campus locations. All buses are lift-equipped. DRES' Getting Around page provides more information.

  • Intercity Travel

    Intercity Travel

    Illinois Terminal at 45 E. University Avenue in Champaign provides a central transfer point for the local MTD bus service, intercity buses, and Amtrak train service.

    Greyhound, Burlington Trailways, Peoria Charter, and Megabus provide bus service to other cities from the Terminal.

    Amtrak provides train service at the Illinois Terminal station for the daily Chicago-Carbondale Illini and Saluki trains, and the Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans, also operating daily.

    Amtrak operates passenger rail service throughout most of the United States, serving cities and towns in 45 states. Customers should visit the Illinois Terminal Station in Champaign, call 1-800-USA-RAIL, or see an authorized Amtrak travel agent, for details on any Amtrak service. Ticketing, schedules, and service information are also available at the Amtrak site.

    University of Illinois Willard Airport offers daily flights to three destinations: Chicago, Detroit, and Dallas/Ft. Worth, including regional jet service to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

  • Transit Safety

    Transit Safety

    • Wait for the bus well back from the road.
    • Do not step into the roadway until the bus has stopped and the door has opened.
    • Use the handrail when boarding and exiting.
    • Cross at least 10 feet in front of a bus so other drivers can see you.
    • Special areas are designated for elderly customers and those with disabilities. Please surrender these seats when needed.
    • Never stick your arms or legs in the doors to prevent them from closing.
    • Never put your head, arms or hands out of the window.
    • Keep aisles clear of feet, books, bags, etc.
    • Allow other passengers to exit before you board.
    • Never leave any personal belongings unattended. Carry your valuables inside your garment. Securely clasp your purse or bag.