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Ride free, ride green along Nicollet Mall

Image of a Route 18 bus on Nicollet Mall

Look for buses marked “Free Ride” and pay no fare when boarding along Nicollet Mall. You’ll have an easy ride between the Convention Center and the METRO Blue and Green lines. Your ride is green, too — only hybrid buses operate on Nicollet Mall.

Free Ride buses are available seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Pay just 50 cents if you ride within the Downtown Zone on any other bus along Nicollet Mall.

Approximate Frequency (Northbound)


Weekdays 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. 10
Weekday evenings 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. 10 – 15
Saturday 10 – 15
Sunday/Holiday 10 – 15


Approximate Frequency (Southbound)


Weekdays 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. – 10
Weekday evenings 7 p.m. 1 a.m. 20 – 30
Saturday 15
Sunday/Holiday 20 – 30

Hop on Free Ride buses at these locations

Nicollet Mall Free Ride Map 




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