: Mt. Bachelor Shuttle. Photo courtesy Mt. Bachelor.

Car-Free Transportation for Bend and Mt. Bachelor

December 5, 2018 (Updated November 15, 2023)

Getting to and around Bend doesn’t require a car — with a little advanced planning you can get all around town and even up to Mt. Bachelor. Options include ride sharing (Uber and Lyft) and bike share (Bird), as well as a continually developing city public bus system that accesses Mt. Bachelor for winter downhill and Nordic skiing and summertime mountain biking. The area public transportation continues to add upgrades and improvements, currently running nine bus routes across town. Whether by bike, bus, shuttle or ride sharing, there are plenty of ways to forgo driving a car in Bend.

Getting to Bend

Robert’s Field (RDM) in Redmond is Bend’s nearest airport, just 20-minutes north of town via Highway 97.  Visitors have the option of taking ride-sharing services including Uber and Lyft, which operate across Central Oregon (Bend, Sisters, Redmond and Sunriver). Other options include taxis and a variety of shuttle services including Enviro Shuttle. Those looking for car-free transportation between Portland and Bend can opt for Greyhound or Central Oregon Breeze ; both bus services offer transportation between Portland and Central Oregon. The Central Oregon Breeze now offers transportation between the two cities six days per week and also accommodates pets for a fee.

Winter Ski Area Transportation

Mt. Bachelor Shuttle

Cascades East Transit partners with Mt. Bachelor to offer bus service to the mountain. This service is popular with locals and visitors alike. The Mt. Bachelor Shuttle picks up at the Bend Park-N-Ride lot located on SW Columbia Street between Galveston and Simpson (look for the branded Mt. Bachelor bus). Tickets are available for $7 one-way (exact change on the bus) or online through the Umo App, where you can also buy a $12 round trip ticket.

Mt. Bachelor Shuttle

Bend Public Transportation

Cascade East Transit

Once in Bend there are plenty of car-free options, including Bend’s fixed-route public transportation bus service, Cascade East Transit. The eleven-route system covers the city of Bend with extended service to Redmond, La Pine, Prineville, Madras and more. Plan ahead and download the Transit App, which allows you to plan your route and see when the bus will arrive. In the winter, the app also alerts riders when a “snow schedule” is in effect, which can alter routes impacted by winter weather and snowy road conditions.

Bike Sharing


Bend’s bike share program lets you borrow a bike for a quick errand, a trip to the park, an outdoor adventure, and everything else you can imagine. Download the Bird app to sign up. Pick up the bike share bike, ride it, and leave it in a designated area for the next person to ride. Ride2You is another bike rental option offering affordable half-day, full day and multi-day bike rentals including e-bikes, e-trikes, mountain bikes, trailers and more.

Bend continues to develop bike-friendly routes for getting around town; Bike Around Bend is a great resource for determining the best route to get to some of Bend’s most popular destinations.


Summer Shuttles

Transit to Trailheads Shuttle

Cascade East Transit’s summer schedule offers drops off from the Columbia Street Park & Ride to Mt. Bachelor with stops at popular biking and recreation trailheads en route. The ADA-accessible shuttle operates five days a week, from Wednesday to Sunday, with three round trips per day until Labor Day.

Ride the River Shuttle

Take advantage of Bend’s most popular past time, floating the Deschutes River through town by utilizing the Ride the River shuttle. This shuttle service costs $4 cash each trip or $6 for unlimited day-use and runs from mid-June through Labor Day, looping from Bend Park & Float with stops at Riverbend Park and Drake Park depending on the length of your float. The shuttle frequency fluctuates depending on weather conditions, holidays and crowds, so be sure to check in advance.

Cog Wild Mountain Bike Shuttle

If you’re looking to take advantage of Bend’s incredible mountain bike trails, look no further than Cog Wild. In addition to offering a selection of guided tours, Cog Wild also runs daily shuttles to Bend’s major trailheads starting at $17.


About The

Annie Fast
Annie Fast is a lifelong snowboarder and traveler. She was the editor of TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine and prior to that worked at the summer snowboard camps on Mt. Hood. Annie writes about outdoor adventures from her home in Bend.

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