Moving thousands of students around campus each day the Buff Bus routes (Williams Village/Bear Creek, Athens North and Discovery Express) and the RTD Bus routes (Stampede, Bound and HOP) are key cogs in CU Boulder’s transportation program.
The Williams Village/Bear Creek and Athens North buses are administered by PTS and sponsored by Housing and Dining Services. The campus shuttles connect students living in Williams Village, Bear Creek and Athens North to main campus and operate through the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. Please visit our Buff Bus FAQ for information on holiday closures, event reroutes and lost and found.
The Williams Village/Bear Creek bus route operates Monday - Sunday throughout the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. The route runs clockwise with stops at Bear Creek, Williams Village, Engineering Center, C4C, IMIG Music, Physics, Math and Colorado/30th Southside. Hours of operation are: Mon. - Fri. from 7:00 a.m. - midnight, Sat. & Sun. from 10:00 a.m. - midnight, with Late Night Transit Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from midnight - 3:00 a.m.
The Athens North bus route operates Monday - Sunday throughout the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. The route runs clockwise, and stops at Stadium Plaza, Technology Learning Center and Athens North. Hours of operation are: Mon. - Fri. from 7:30 a.m. - midnight and Sat. & Sun. from 10:00 a.m. - midnight.
The Discovery Express is a campus shuttle route connecting main campus to east campus. This route supplements the Stampede service.
The Discovery Express will be operating during fall break:
Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22nd from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
The Discovery Express operates Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with no Saturday/Sunday service.This express route services four stops: two stops on Discovery Drive, one on Innovation Drive and one stop on eastbound Colorado Avenue, just east of Benson Earth Sciences. This schedule will be updated Tuesday, January 16, 2018 when spring semester classes begin. During the summer months it runs a continuous loop route Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Discovery Express route runs a continuous loop route from Discovery Drive/East Campus to Benson Earth Sciences/main campus to accommodate faculty, staff and students needing to attend/teach classes at Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building and SEEC. The route operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Discovery Express currently operates Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with no Saturday/Sunday service. This express route services four stops: two stops on Discovery Drive, one stop on Innovation Drive and one stop on eastbound Colorado Ave. east of Benson Earth Sciences.
The Stampede is an RTD bus offering transit between CU Boulder's main and east campuses. Visit the RTD Stampede webpage for specific details. Runs M-F, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., every 10-15 minutes.
During peak morning hours, additional Stampede eastbound and westbound “Short Runs” are provided. The Short runs have a truncated route on East Campus.
The HOP bus route is a bi-directional loop that connects campus with downtown Boulder and the 29th Street Mall. For bus stop locations and details, visit the City of Boulder's website, or link to the CU Bus Tracker app on the right side of your screen.
On football game days both the Williams Village/Bear Creek bus and the Athens North bus alter their routes one hour before football games to one hour after the game. The Williams Village/Bear Creek Football Reroute runs clockwise, and stops at Williams Village, C4C, Regent, Colorado & 30th and Bear Creek. The Athens North Football Reroute runs from Athens North along Broadway to UMC and returns to Athens North.
On basketball game days, the Williams Village/Bear Creek bus alters its route one hour before the game to one hour after the game. The Basketball Reroute runs clockwise, and stops at Williams Village, Regent/Broadway, IMIG, Physics, Math, Colorado & 30th and Bear Creek.
When the weather outside is frightful...the bus is so delightful....let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. But remember snowy weather can cause road closures and bus reroutes. Review the Buff Bus Inclement Weather Reroute map for the Williams Village, Athens North and Discovery Express Buff Bus reroutes. Situations may occur where administration must change bus reroutes to accommodate safe and accessible roads to/from main campus. Students should check the CUBusTracker app for campus bus updates and reroute alerts. Commuting students riding to/from campus via RTD bus routes are encouraged to sign up and receive RTD Rider Alerts.
There will be certain times during the fall and spring semesters when the Buff Bus runs on a limited schedule or does not run at all. When limited service or no service will be provided, Parking and Transportation Services will keep you updated with the schedule.
No Service: All campus holidays and summer.
Reduced Service: Beginning of semesters, finals and campus closures.
The Norlin Express provides limited service from Williams Village directly to Norlin Library from midnight to 2:00 a.m. during finals week.
If you lose an item while riding the Buff Bus you may check with any bus driver, on the same day, to see if it has been turned in. Items found on the buses and not claimed will be turned into Transportation Services' main office at the end of each day. Items will be kept for 30 days after which all unclaimed items will be donated or discarded.
Certain areas become impassable during storms and construction and the Buff Bus may need to use alternative routes. Follow CUBuffBus on Facebook and Twitter for delays due to traffic and weather. You can also text "followCUbuffbus" to 40404 to subscribe to Twitter.
Maps on this page are not fully accessible for users who employ screen readers and other assistive devices. If you use assistive technology and need access please contact the PTS Customer Service Specialists at (303) 735-PARK (7275) for assistance.