How To Ride – Bus

Planning your trip — three methods

  1. Let Google plan your trip online. At, click on “Trip Planner” and fill in your starting and ending place.
  2. Plan your own trip online — if you already know which route(s) you will ride. At, click “Routes”.
  3. Pick up route maps (green or blue) in the lobby of HRT offices in Norfolk or Hampton; each one shows the route and the times the bus reaches key points.

Paying for your ride

  • If you are going to pay as you ride, have ready $1.50 (in correct change) every time you board.
  • If you’ll ride more than twice on one day, it’s cheaper to buy a Go-1-Day Pass for $3.50. On your first ride of the day, buy your card from the machine (on the bus or the ferry or the light rail platform). Be sure to have correct change.
  • If you have a valid Pass (Go-1-Day or Go-30-Day or Go-365), be ready to show it every time you board the bus, ferry or light rail.

* Seniors and youth pay less for any fare or pass. Have an ID ready, and ask before you pay. *

What you can do on the bus

  • Use your cell phone — chat quietly, send messages, check the weather or the bus schedules…
  • Read – the paper, a book, a magazine…
  • Talk to other passengers — broaden your horizons…
  • Watch the scenery
  • Sleep

(Note: Eating and drinking are not allowed.)

If you aren’t sure what to do next, or if you need advice about ferries, light rail, buses, or MAX express buses

  • Ask the drivers – they know everything
  • Even better, ask another passenger. Bus riders are always willing and eager to help you get where you want to go.