How to Ride the Bus

Good for your budget, stress and time, the bus is an excellent alternative for your work commute or trip around town.

How to Ride the Bus

Riding the bus is easy. Follow these tips to make your commute a breeze.


Rider guide

First time riding the bus?

  • Get to your stop five  to 10 minutes early and wait where the operator can see you.
  • As the bus approaches, check the sign above the front window to make sure it’s the route and destination you want.
  • Signal the operator that you wish to board.
  • Be ready with exact fare, ticket, transfer receipt or pass.
  • Stay back from the curb and wait until the bus comes to a full stop before boarding and paying your fare. Learn how to pay your fare.
  • Disabled passengers have priority seating in the side seats and first rows in the front of buses, so please allow them priority in those seats.
  • If the bus is crowded, GoTriangle allows passengers to stand. If there appears to be no standing room, please wait for the bus operator to create room.
  • Major stops are announced. If you’re new to the area, just ask the operator to call out your destination.
  • About a block before you want to get off, push the black or yellow plastic strip or pull the cord above your head to request the next stop.
  • Exit through the rear door.


Plan your trip

  • Trip Planner — Choose the transit button and map your route
  • Umo — Find the closest bus stop and see buses move in real time 
  • Maps & Schedules — Locate maps, schedules and more 
  • Brochures — Pick up route brochures at area transit centers or request copies by calling 919-485-RIDE (7433)

Sign Up for Rider Alerts



Safety tips

  • Browse our Rules of Conduct to understand how GoTriangle promotes our riders’ safety and comfort.
  • To report an emergency or a suspicious package or behavior, tell the operator right away or call 911. (Never touch, smell, taste, examine or move a suspicious package or its contents. Do not show the package to other passengers.)
  • Riding at night? Wear light-colored clothing and carry a reflector or flashlight so the operator can see you.
  • Never cross in front of a bus unless it is stopped at a red light.