Last updated Aug. 28, 2023

The university provides a couple nighttime transportation services to members of the campus community. Services provide a variety of options for students, faculty, and staff based upon your destination and the time of day.

The timeline summarizes transportation options between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays.

  • CAMBUS services fare-free and open to the public.
  • NITE RIDE is available to university, students, faculty, and staff.
  • The Guest Services Late Evening Staff Shuttle is focused on transportation for employees of UI Hospitals & Clinics. 
A timeline showing late evening transport options.

Travel to UI parking lots

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CAMBUS On-Demand Shuttle

CAMBUS On-Demand Shuttle is available to all riders and primarily provides service to and from commuter parking lots weekday from 8:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. - except for university holidays. Request rides to on-campus destinations using the CAMBUS Now app. 

During break periods, service is also provided to bus stops throughout the main campus. During summer, On-Demand Shuttle operates on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in addition to the evening service.

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Guest Services Late Evening Staff Shuttle

The late evening shuttle van is available to UI Hospitals & Clinics staff on weekdays after 6:30 p.m. and provides service to and from employee vehicles.

The shuttle van departs from the West Campus Transportation Center between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. After 11 p.m., the shuttle departs from the UI Hospitals & Clinics Main Entrance Lobby until 1 a.m. The shuttle service is provided upon request after 1 a.m. by hospital security or Environmental Services on request.

Have a question? Contact the Main Information Desk at 319-384-8591.

An image of a NITE RIDE bus courtesy of the Office of Campus Safety.

Nite Ride

A free late night transportation service available to all students, faculty, and staff between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

CAMBUS late evening fixed-route options

Riders can use the Transit app to view all active routes in real-time.

During fall and spring academic sessions, CAMBUS operates fixed-route services until 12:30 a.m. on these routes:

31M Red Route
32M Blue Route
35 Interdorm

During break periods, fixed-route service ends at approximately 9 p.m. For service after 9 p.m., please see On-Demand Shuttle services.

Use the CAMBUS service calendar to view dates during academic breaks where there is no CAMBUS service. 

More nighttime resources

Students and employees are encouraged to play an active role in their personal safety by making use of the numerous free services offered by the UI Office of Campus Safety.

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Rave Guardian (mobile app)

A free mobile app that allows users to set a safety timer for their walk home, text anonymous tips to the UI Police Department, and call UI Police with the touch of a button. Sign up with your UI email address for access to the campus network.