Temporary Hours Change

Starting Monday, May 4th, 2020, in coordination with Wadena County Public Health, Friendly Rider’s hours for Dispatching are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Service is closed on Saturdays.

Here to get you there


Stop the schedule madness! Hire your own chauffeur.

Work, school, church, activities, and playdates. It's a scheduling juggling act! Relieve your stress by calling us. We will pick your children up and get them where they want to go - a friend's house, sports practice, the community center, wherever! When it's time to go home, we can do that too.

And you can feel good about using our services. We take safety seriously. Our drivers undergo a thorough hiring process - including clean driving records and background checks - prior to ever taking the wheel of a Friendly Rider bus.

Because of Friendly Rider, I don’t have to take off time from work to get my kids and bring them to religion class.

~a grateful mom

Riding Rules

We want riding the bus to be a great experience for everyone. That's why we expect everyone to follow the same rules - including our youngest riders. Please make sure you review all our rules and expectations with your children prior to their trip. If your children have questions or concerns while riding our bus, please instruct them to ask the bus driver. Our drivers are happy to help. 

Family Fun

Reject the hassle of parking, traffic, and directions. It's more fun when the whole family can relax. And we travel to all the best spots in the area!  

Looking for some family fun inspiration? Check out these great resources: Wadena Chamber of Commerce, Staples-Motley Area Chamber of Commerce, and Discover Staples.


Bring your daycare kids to the library. Take a birthday party to the bowling alley. Earn a scout badge with a field trip. There are lots of reasons to travel as a group. Schedule your next group (10 or more) two weeks in advance and leave the driving to us. Ask us about our discounted "Class Pass" fare!

Traveling with children?

Here are some tips to make the trip easier. 

  • Kid-friendly fares

    1 child under 5 rides FREE with paid adult

  • Strollers

    Strollers are welcome on our buses. Limited space on board a bus does require some consideration, however.

    • A folding "umbrella" style stroller is recommended. Large and double-wide strollers are not practical in for our limited riding area. 
    • Strollers must be folded while on a bus and must not block the aisle or doorway.
    • Please know you may request use of the lift or ramp if you need it.
    • As always, please yield the priority seating area for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Safety Tips

    We want everyone to be safe when riding our buses.

    • Please keep your children close to you to avoid being separated. 
    • Never cross the street in front of a Friendly Rider bus unless it’s stopped at a traffic light.
    • Look both ways when walking past the front of the bus to cross to another lane of traffic.

Need more information?

Let us help! We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about traveling with children or scheduling a bus for your child. Have a great suggestion? We want to hear those too! Please call us at (218) 631-5730 or email us at friendly.rider@co.wadena.mn.us