Not sure how to get downtown or to your desired destination? Don't want to deal with parking? The Bay Area Transportation Authority has you covered with their free Bayline Bus service. Take a look at the details about this amazing transportation option in Traverse City. 

What is the Bayline?

The Bayline is the Bay Area Transportation Authority’s free bus route that connects visitors to Downtown Traverse City with buses every 15 minutes. The Bayline helps people explore Traverse City without having to hassle with parking and traffic by leaving their car at home or their hotel.

What are the Bayline’s hours?

The Bayline runs 7 am – 11 pm every day, with extended hours during major festivals! 

How much does it cost?

The Bayline is free to ride thanks to generous sponsorships. 

Bayline Bus Route Sign - Traverse City

Where does the Bayline go?

The Bayline travels from the hotel and Traverse City State Park district on East Grand Traverse Bay, to the Meijer grocery store on US-31, with stops in Downtown Traverse City, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and near the Dennos Museum Center on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. 

Stops downtown are directly in front of popular destinations such as The Little Fleet, Mackinaw Brew Pub, Traverse City Tourism Visitor Center, Park Place Hotel, Town Plaza and more! If you are headed to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, there is a stop just steps from Trattoria Stella (the popular restaurant inside Building 50). This stop is also close to the rest of the shops, dining and outdoor recreation within the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

Where can I board?

Passengers can board a Bayline designated bus (usually bright green) at any bus stop that has the word “Bayline” on the transit sign. There are several bus stop options to choose from near the hotel district, downtown and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The popular travel tool, Google Maps also has the Bayline stops included on the app and online. 

Can I get off anywhere along the route?

Passengers can hop off the bus at any stop where there is Bayline signage. Feel free to ask the driver where the closest stop would be to your destination. There are stops at almost every block downtown, so it should be an easy walk -- to and from the stop. 

Bayline Bus Map - Traverse City

How frequent are the buses and is there a set schedule? 

The buses arrive every 15 minutes. Riders can download the Google Maps or the Transit app for scheduled arrival times. Bayline schedule brochures also indicate the first and last bus departure times.

Can I track where the bus is on the route?

Our routes are integrated with the Google Maps and Transit apps. Feel free to type your hotel into the search bar, and your destination, and it will show the approximate departure times.

Festival Park-n-Rides? 

During the National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival, additional park-n-ride lots are made available for public use. Visitors can park at Woodland Creek Furniture, designated lots on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, or at Meijer on US-31, near the car wash. Buses arrive every 15 minutes. And don't forget...they are FREE to ride!