How to Ride

We are pleased to welcome you aboard. All the information you need for a comfortable trip is here.

How Much Does It Cost?

Review current fares and find out how affordable public transit can be. Frequent riders can save even more by purchasing convenient passes.

Plan Your Trip

Need to check a schedule? Use the drop-down menus on the Public Transportation home page to quickly review any route map or timetable.

  1. Click “bus system map” to open the map showing all routes . Please be patient while the map loads. Using your browser plug-in features, you can enlarge the map (zoom tools), as well as navigate to specific areas to view a particular section in more detail.
  2. Using the system map, determine which routes serve your starting point and final destination.
  3. To review a particular route map and schedule, select the route from the drop-down menu on the Public Transportation home page.
  4. Major timepoints—and not all the stops—are shown on the schedules. Call RTC Passenger Services at 775-348-RIDE (348-7433) to locate the bus stop location nearest you. Passenger Service Associates are available 7AM to 7PM, Mon-Fri, and 8AM to 5PM , Sat; closed on Sunday and Holidays.

The Bus Book

Route maps, schedules, and rider information for RTC RIDE, RTC INTERCITY, and RTC SIERRA SPIRIT are published in the Bus Book. The Bus Book can be purchased for .50 cents in the Bus Book Vending Machine at: RTC 4TH STREET STATION in downtown Reno and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA in downtown Sparks. The Bus Book is also available online.

Enjoy the Ride

There are almost 1,200 RTC bus stops in our service area. Click here for information about getting on the bus, seating, and rules to ride by then head to the nearest bus stop.

Students

Are you a student at the University of Nevada? Learn about the Wolf Pass.

Seniors

More and more seniors use public transit than ever before. On RTC RIDE, seniors and people with disabilities make up 29% of all passenger trips.

Nextbus! (Real-time info)

NextBus is a service designed to help take the guesswork out of bus arrivals. It uses satellite technology to track a bus; then sends the estimated arrival time for a particular stop to you via phone, text, or web.

To use NextBus: Provide your bus stop number or route number and direction.

All RTC RIDE bus stops are numbered. RTC will be installing new signs with NextBus information at all bus stop by spring 2014. In the meantime, you can call RTC Passenger Services at 775-348-7433 for your stop number.

TEXT:

  • Text “Reno” and your stop number to 41411.
  • Leave a space between the word “Reno” and your stop number when entering text.
  • You will receive a text message back with arrival time.
PHONE:

  • Call 775-473-1065 and follow the prompts.
  • Enter your stop number when asked.
Online/Mobile web:

  • Download the smartphone app!  See instructions below for your device.
Alerts:

You can receive automatic alerts when your bus is about to arrive. Go to rtcwashoe.com, select the route and click on the Alerts link.

Android:

  • Go to app store
  • Search “nextbus”
  • Select “NextBus Realtime Bus Tracker” by Idemfactor solutions; select your system
iPhone:

  • Go to app store
  • Search “nextbus”
  • Select “iNextBus” by Idemfactor solutions; select your system

Click here to see all routes, schedules, maps and Nextbus links.