Bus and Safe Ride Services


AppalCART is the transportation authority that provides public transportation for all of Boone and Watauga County, including Appalachian State University. Student parking on the main campus is very limited, so students are strongly encouraged to ride AppalCART whenever possible. Because the service is subsidized by the University, students may ride free of charge. Bus shelters are located at all perimeter parking areas, as well as many other campus locations. For additional information about AppalCART's services, call (828) 264-2278, or visit the AppalCART web site.

Mountaineer Safe Ride

The mission of the Appalachian State University Mountaineer Safe Ride service is to provide safe and secure transportation for students during the evening hours. The service is offered during the fall and spring semesters and is available from 9:45 p.m. - 2:45 a.m., seven days a week, excluding holidays. (First call for service will be taken at 9:45 p.m. and last call for service will be taken at 2:45 a.m.) The service area is strictly limited to university properties only (parking lots, residence halls and academic buildings).

To obtain transportation from Mountaineer Safe Ride, simply call (828) 262-RIDE (7433) and advise the dispatcher of your location and destination. A passenger van prominently marked, "Mountaineer Safe Ride" will be dispatched, and you will be given the approximate time it will arrive at your location. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, AppalCART will be providing a "Night Owl" service until 2:30 am. Due to call volumes, it is recommended to use AppalCART's Night Owl services on those nights. For additional information about AppalCART's Night Owl services, call (828) 264-2278, or visit the AppalCART web site.

Due to the large volume of students returning to campus on Sunday evenings, the Mountaineer Safe Ride service does not serve the Appalachian 105 freshman parking area on Sunday evenings until 1 am. Instead, a dedicated shuttle service to campus is provided every 30 minutes by a large bus from the AppalCART fleet. For more information, please call Mountaineer Safe Ride during operating hours at (828) 262-RIDE (7433). Please direct any questions about Safe Ride to APD by email or phone (828) 262-2150.

Sunway Charters Bus Service (Triad and Charlotte)

Sunway Charters operates the bus routes that run to and from Boone to Winston-Salem and Charlotte. You can find more information in the "Daily Line Runs" section of their website or by telephone at (336) 767-1511 (East to West) and (704) 348-1200 (North to South).