Huskie Bus Line

The Huskie Bus Line is operated by the City of DeKalb. It offers a variety of routes with many stops, both on and off campus. If you're a current NIU student, faculty or staff member, you can ride the bus for free by showing your NIU OneCard. Huskie Bus Line also offers the Huskie Safe Line when you need to travel late at night.

If you need to travel to Chicago, take the Elburn Shuttle to the Elburn Metra station. Tickets are $4 for NIU students, faculty and staff.

Plan Your Trip

Find your bus stop and check your route's schedule. Plus, get rider alerts before you head to your bus stop.

Track Your Bus

Wondering where your bus is? Visit the City of DeKalb ETA Spot bus tracker website. You can also download the app:

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Huskie Safe Line

We’ll help you stay safe when you need to travel late at night. Route 11 of the Huskie Bus Line, known as the Huskie Safe Line, operates seven days a week, from midnight to 7 a.m. On Sundays, service starts at 10 p.m. The bus makes dozens of stops around campus and is free for NIU students.

The Huskie Safe Line/Route 11 is operated by DeKalb Public Transit. If you have any questions, please contact them at 815-748-2000.

Huskie Safe Line/Route 11 Map (PDF)


Elburn Station

Elburn Shuttle

Route 12 of the Huskie Bus Line goes to the Metra train station in Elburn, the nearest station from which to travel to Chicago and the western suburbs.

The Elburn Shuttle runs seven days a week. Beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2023, Route 12 will increase from two to five morning departures and from one to five evening departures, Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday trips will not change. Arrival/departure times also have been adjusted to better align with Metra schedules.

Tickets are $4 for NIU students with an NIU OneCard. The shuttle picks up and drops off passengers at the DuSable turnaround, with additional stops in downtown DeKalb and Cortland.

Get bus tickets to/from the Elburn station

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