CATS Transit

Charlotte Area Transit System Bus

Getting around Charlotte without a car is easy & affordable, thanks to the excellent transit services offered by CATS, the Charlotte Area Transit System. CATS operates the LYNX Blue Line light rail and more than 70 bus routes connecting neighborhoods and destinations throughout the Charlotte region.

Visit to plan your next trip on CATS.

Reasons to Ride

No matter your destination or which CATS service you choose, you’ll never have to worry about traffic, parking or high gas prices.  Plus you’ll get to enjoy safe, convenient & affordable transportation while doing your part to improve air quality in our region.

CATS transports more than 22 million passengers each year, linking local neighborhoods and regional communities to jobs, school, medical facilities and entertainment. More than 30 local routes provide the flexibility of numerous stops within the city. Twelve express routes provide rapid service between the suburbs and Center City.

Plan Your Trip

To plan your trip on CATS, visit and try the Google Maps Transit Trip Planner on the left side of the page.

There you can also find information on faresbus scheduleslight rail schedules, & a system map.

To ride the bus you will need exact fare or a valid pass (available for purchase at the Transportation Center and other locations around town.)

To ride the light rail, you can purchase a ticket at one of the automated machines at any station platform.

Getting Around Center City

All local bus routes begin or end at the Charlotte Transportation Center in Center City, so getting here for work or play is simple. To catch a bus, visit the Charlotte Transportation Center, on Brevard Street between 4th & Trade or any signed bus stop. To hop on the light rail, visit any of the seven stations in Center City.