The Elon University BioBus is a transportation system used primarily by Elon students, faculty and staff for moving within and around the towns of Elon and Burlington. With free service and a readily available schedule, they have been largely successful since their implementation.

 Photo credit: Katie Kowalski     

Details and Information


  • In January 2007, Elon University began the operation of its biobus. This endeavor was made possible by a $1 million grant, which the US North Carolina State Representative, Howard Coble, helped to secure. 


  • The fuel is 80% ultra low sulfur diesel and 20% biofuel
  • The buses are refueled on campus, at the University's refueling station.
  • Pros


    • Free and easy transportation for Elon students, faculty and staff.
    • High cost of maintenance and original supply.
    • Available almost every day (See "Routes" chart below).
    • Delays in scheduling may affect transporters.
    • Scheduled, with tracking available through NextBus initiative.
    • The timing of the buses are set, often making it hard to reach one's destination even with foresight and planning, simply due to scheduling problems and lack of flexibility.
    • No identification required to ride. This includes Phoenix Cards. 



Name of Route Time Available

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday: 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Outer Loop A & B Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
West Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Downtown Loop Monday-Friday: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
University Drive

Wednesday-Thursday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday: 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Saturday: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 a.m.


  • This bus runs approximately every 10 minutes
  • It goes from the McMichael parking lot through Colonnades and into the Danieley complex before returning
  • Useful for Danieley or Qdoba transportation

Outer Loop A&B

  • Each line of this bus runs approximately every 20 minutes, meaning every ten minutes one of the lines is starting over
  • It goes from the McMichael parking lot through Oak Hill, University Pointe, Phoenix Arms and Park Place before returning
  • Useful for Oaks Apartment transportation

University Drive

  • This bus runs every 40 minutes
  • It goes from Moseley Center to Lowe's Foods, then Alamance Crossing before returning
  • Useful for grocery shopping (Target, Lowe's Foods), electronic equipment (Best Buy, Gamestop), food (mexican, chinese, italian, ice cream) and entertainment (Carousel Movie Theater)


  • This bus runs approximately every 20 minutes
  • It goes from Moseley Center to Arts West, Trollinger and West End apartments, before returning
  • Useful for transportation to and from various apartment complexes 

Downtown Loop

  • This bus runs every hour
  • It goes through the city of Burlington before returning
  • Useful for volunteering or shopping

Other Information

BioBus Stop Signs

  • Each stop throughout the Elon and Burlington areas at which the bus stops is represented through a sign notice
  • Each sign contains a NextBus reference number for checking and scheduling 
  • Buses only stop at designated stop signs

Bio Bus Stop sign and area. Credit: Kate Whalley

NextBus Service

  • The bus schedule is available online, through an application for most smartphones, or through calling 336-261-0252 and inputing the 3-digit code from the respective sign. 
  • There are known issues with this service, but for the most part it is efficient