Bus FAQ

How do I read the signs?
Our new signs make catching a bus easier than ever. To board a bus at a particular stop you should arrive at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time of the bus. When waiting at a bus stop, the bus stop signs list the route number and time (minutes after the hour) the bus will stop at that location. Both timepoints indicate when a bus will arrive during peak service. The second timepoint is the arrival time for off peak and weekend service. Wave Transit buses do not stop for passengers who are not waiting at official Wave Transit bus stop locations.

Where does the bus go?
Wave Transit bus service serves the Cape Fear region from downtown to Leland Carolina Beach and all points in between. You can ride Wave to the historic district, UNCW, the mall, and many shopping centers. All fixed bus and shuttle route maps are available on our website.

How do I get a route map?
Route maps are available on our website. You can also get a paper map at Forden Station located at 505 Cando St., or at any Lowe's Foods location in Wilmington.

How do I get on?
Arrive at any designated Wave Transit bus stop a few minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. When you see the bus approaching, be sure it’s the one you need by checking the sign above the windshield. Have your fare ready when you board the bus.

How much does it cost?
A one way bus fare is $2.00 for adults, and $1.00 for seniors, students in grades K-12, and local college students. Children under age 5 ride free. Limit three free children with each fare-paying adult.  UNCW students and faculty ride Wave buses for free with a valid UNCW ID. Transfers, to be used for rides that span more than one bus route, are issued for free. Convenient and cost saving passes are also available.

How do I get off the bus?
When you are approaching your stop, indicate that you’d like the driver to stop by  pressing the stop request touch tape. Some coaches also have a red stop button located near the rear door.

When does bus service run?
Buses run seven days a week, with the exception of the following holidays: New Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Easter; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; & Christmas. Service runs from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours differ by route. Please refer to the schedule page for exact starting and ending times for your route.

What are the rules and regulations for riding Wave?
Eating, drinking, smoking (including electronic cigarettes) and tobacco products are prohibited on Wave buses. Animals are prohibited from boarding Wave Transit vehicles with the exception of service animals. Firearms are prohibited from Wave Transit vehicles and facilities. Items such as automotive batteries, gasoline or equipment that contains gasoline, and any other item that may be hazardous are prohibited from Wave vehicles. If you are unsure of an item you wish to bring on the bus, please call 343-0106 for specific instructions. Wave Transit is not responsible for lost items.