Here to get you there

Friendly Rider drive helping woman with grocery bags.

Here for you

Shopping, health appointments, youth activities, or simply your daily commute. Simply call the day before to schedule a ride or set up a recurring pickup schedule. It's up to you. Our friendly, courteous drivers will get you there safe and on time. Need a helping hand? We have you covered. Our buses are wheelchair and handicap accessible. You can even bring your bike along for the ride. 

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Who we are

On-demand, on time, reliable public transportation. We serve the cities of Wadena and Staples in addition to locations throughout Wadena County and Northern Todd County. And our service routes keep growing right along with our ridership. If you haven't ridden with us in a while, we encourage you to give us a call. Enjoy curb to curb transportation on a comfortable, clean well-equipped bus. 

Two girls riding the Friendly Rider playing on an ipad.

Free WiFi? You bet!

Turn your daily commute into productive time. Or simply make your journey a bit more entertaining. All our buses now offer free WiFi. Sometimes it's the little things that make life (and a bus ride) just a little more enjoyable. 

Friendly Rider Tickets

Tickets and Passes

Soon, you will never have to scramble to find correct change for bus fare again. Starting April 1st, you may purchase your tickets and monthly passes online. Until then, please continue to purchase tickets and passes by contacting our office or talking to a bus driver. 

A young woman riding the Friendly Rider bus in Staples.

Brainerd Bound

Sometimes you just need to get out of town. In response to our clients' feedback, we've added routes to Brainerd. Review our schedules and plan to ride with us on your next trip. The miles go faster when someone else drives!

Need more reasons to ride?

Turn your "why?" into "why not!" Friendly Rider is great for all ages, all stages, and all abilities. Ditch the gas pump, traffic, parking, and the MN weather hazards. Schedule your trip today!