Directions, parking, maps

Students line up to board a CyRide bus

CyRide buses provide more than 7 million rides annually to ISU students and community members.


Interactive campus map

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The CyRide bus system serves the Iowa State campus and city of Ames. ISU students and children 5 and under ride free. Regular fare is $1.25, with reduced fare (60 cents) for seniors, K-12 students and those with disabilities.

SafeRide ISU

Students, visitors and others concerned about walking on campus (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) can summon rides by calling 294-4444. A ride-requesting app is available for students and staff.

Help Van

Need a jump-start? Tools to change a flat? A ride to a service station for a can of gas? Call the Help Van at 294-4444.

Directions from I-35

  • From I-35, take exit 111B, merging onto US-30 W toward Ames/Iowa State (3.4 miles)
  • From US 30, take exit 146, merging right onto University Boulevard at the end of the exit ramp
  • Drive north past Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum  to Lincoln Way
  • Turn left (west) on Lincoln Way
  • Continue on Lincoln Way through three stoplights (Beach Ave. Union Drive, Ash Ave., then turn right into the Memorial Union parking lot

Des Moines airport

Des Moines International Airport is 40 miles south of Ames. 

Airport transportation to Ames