accessible, open to the public and no fare

Connecting campus

CAMBUS is the University’s public transit system that provides bus service throughout the campus. Serving students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the community, CAMBUS is a comprehensive transit system providing over 3 million rides per year. The services are accessible, no fare and available to the general public.

For qualifying persons with a disability, CAMBUS also provides a complimentary demand-response service called the Bionic Bus.  Providing over 8,000 annual rides to university students, staff, and faculty, Bionic Bus is an essential service to ensure campus access.  Bionic Bus operates as a paratransit bus service meeting FTA and ADA regulations.

Student operated

CAMBUS was conceived and started by university students in 1972 to increase campus accessibility, particularly between the east and west side of campus.  It has been operated and supervised by students ever since.

Providing professional development and growth to its 160 student employees, as well as providing an essential service to the university community, CAMBUS is a vivid example of the superior abilities and dedication of Iowa students.



3 million +

rides per year


annual hours of service

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Routes, Schedules & Maps

See a complete list of our routes and schedules.

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Transit App

See upcoming departure times and real-time locations for buses, closest stops to the rider, and much more.

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Service Calendar

View of CAMBUS’ services for the current academic year

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Rider Guide/FAQ

News for CAMBUS

CAMBUS temporary service reductions due to driver staff shortage beginning Aug. 30, 2021

UI CAMBUS will be temporarily reducing frequency on some routes beginning Monday, Aug. 30 in response to a driver staff shortage. Routes that will have reduced frequency: 31 Red Route and 32 Blue Route, 35A Interdorm-WCTC, 41 Hawk Lot-Hospital, 51 Hospital-Finkbine/Arena, and 52 Finkbine-Pentacrest.

CAMBUS announces fall 2021 academic service beginning Aug. 21

University of Iowa CAMBUS is announcing service details for the fall 2021 academic session, beginning Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. During academic sessions, service is increased on some routes, including more late night and weekend services.

Bridget Joers recognized as CAMBUS Support Person of the Year 2021

University of Iowa’s CAMBUS recognizes Bridget Joers as the 2021 Support Person of the Year. Joers is the third recipient of the Support Person of the Year award. The Support Person of the Year award is part of a larger effort to regularly recognize the efforts of CAMBUS employees.
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CAMBUS introduces route numbers to route naming system

University of Iowa CAMBUS will begin using route numbers an additional identifier of its 14 routes beginning July 2021. Route numbers are being added to the route name following a recommendation from the Iowa City Area Transit Study (ICATS).

Accessible Transportation

All CAMBUS vehicles and services are accessible to persons with disabilities. Buses are equipped with kneelers and wheelchair ramps. To have the bus kneeled or us the wheelchair ramp, please ask the driver. Service animals and respirators are welcome on all vehicles.

Great UI Student Job Opportunities

CAMBUS is, and always has been, student operated. Currently, 170 dedicated UI students operate the on-campus transit service. CAMBUS is designed by and for student employees.

A team of many talents

At CAMBUS, our dedicated team of student employees do more than operate buses to carry out essential transportation services.  They also work behind the scenes in maintaining our fleet.

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Out of (the Ordinary) Office: Grease Junkie

Graduate student and former Hawkeye gymnast Brandon Wong isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty while working for CAMBUS.

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An impressive 500 total clean-up shifts

Driver Charlie Franks and student mechanic Nick Madden were recognized in 2021 for completing a combined 500 clean-up shifts during their careers at CAMBUS.

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