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U-M Buses.  The University of Michigan operates its own line of buses that anyone can ride free of charge. Blue U-M  buses have “University of Michigan” written in large letters on the side, and run between Central, South, Medical and North Campuses. Blue buses and smaller white U-M buses also run between the various buildings of the U-M Health System (including the East Ann Arbor Health Center) and stop at nearby parking lots For a list of routes and schedules, refer to U-M Parking and Transportation Services.

Zipcar.  Zipcar is a car sharing program that lets members use cars by the hour. The hourly and daily rates include the car, gas, and insurance. To use this service, members need to be 18 or older, have a valid driver's license and have been licensed for at least one year. A U.S. driver's license is recommended but not required. For more information, rates, and Zipcar locations, see

Learn more about applying with a foreign license.

Zimride. Zimride is a rideshare community open to all University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff. Zimride works as a social networking web site connecting people who are going to the same destination so they can ride together. Sign up for a free account and add your ride offer or ride request. Zimride will match you with others going to the same place. For more information, please visit:

Public Transportation

Bus Service. The Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) operates a bus system that services the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. University of Michigan students, faculty and staff can ride the buses for free by swiping a valid MCard (University of Michigan ID).

The AATA operates two transit centers: Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor on Fourth Avenue between William and Liberty, and the Ypsilanti Transit Center, located on Pearl Street at Adams Street. Most Ann Arbor routes originate at the Blake Transit Center at 15 minutes after and 15 minutes to each hour. For more information about routes and schedules, refer to the “Ride Guide” available at the transit centers, on the AATA buses, at the U-M International Center, or at the AATA web site listed above.

Taxis. Taxis are a convenient but more expensive way to get around Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has a complete list of taxi companies.  Yellow Cab is one commonly used taxi company.  It is usually necessary to telephone for a taxi, but you can often find taxis waiting on State St. outside of the Michigan Union.

Driving and Owning a Car


Bicycling is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to get around the Ann Arbor area. For more information about purchasing a bicycle, refer to Buying a Bicycle on this web site.

U-M Parking and Transportation Services has information about Bicycling in Ann Arbor, including safe cycling, university policies, and bike routes, as well as links to other bicycling resources including City of Ann Arbor and regional bike maps.

Transportation Beyond Ann Arbor

For further information about transportation in the Ann Arbor area and beyond, refer to the University Campus Information Center, Maps, Directions, & Transportation.


Last reviewed: 03/13