Friendly Rider

218-631-5730 888-773-5500

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Welcome To Wadena's Friendly Rider.

Friendly Rider Transit Here to get YOU there! Friendly Rider is a public transit system offering services for YOU. Yes YOU! From children to seniors, college students to working parents, veterans to commuters-Friendly Rider is your transportation option.

(or toll free 888-773-5500)

NEW FOR  2017

Service extended to 10 pm on Fridays in city of Wadena (Thursdays till 10pm continues)

New service from Wadena and Staples to Brainerd Monday – Friday

Wi-Fi connection on all our buses – ride and keep connected


Friendly Rider provides bus services in North Central Minnesota. We serve Wadena, Otter Tail, Todd, and Morrison, and Crow Wing Counties. We connect people with their community, for work, school, shopping, appointments and more— making North Central Minnesota a better place to live. Call us at 218-631-5730 (or toll free 888-773-5500) for more information.


Routes Serving

Wadena | Todd | Otter Tail | Morrison | Crow Wing
Call 218-631-5730 to ride (toll free 888-773-5500)
Click here for Friendly Rider Service Schedule

Wadena | Staples | Brainerd

Service Monday - Friday Maximum fare to Brainerd $4.50 each way. Up to 5 miles $1.50, up to 10 miles $3.00. Book of 12 tickets $15. Monthly pass unlimited travel 1 to 5 miles $35; up to 10 miles $70; beyond 10 miles in service area $100. CLC students ride free Call 218-631-5730 to ride (toll free 888-773-5500) Pick-up in Wadena, Staples, Motley, & Pillager(at your home or at Central Lakes College) with stops at Wal-Mart and Central Lakes College in Brainerd (Door #24).
Click Here for timetable.