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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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Service Alerts, Routes, Schedules & Maps

See a complete list of our routes and schedules and active service alerts.

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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

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 excel at providing safe and reliable transportation services to the university community. Our multi-talented student team also works behind the scenes in ensuring the day-to-day operations. Where a dedication to service meets hard work and professional growth, our team rises to any occasion. 

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