All current undergraduate, graduate and professional students can venture off campus and enjoy all that Columbus has to offer by simply swiping their BuckID when school is in session. Whether you need to get to an internship, run some errands or explore the Short North nightlife, COTA can get you there easily and safely.
Here is Ohio State’s academic calendar providing semester begin and end dates through Summer 2027.
Students who stay in Columbus during a semester but are not enrolled in classes can purchase a COTA opt-in pass. The opt-in pass is good for unlimited rides for the duration of a single semester.
Students can purchase their opt-in passes at COTA’s pass sales office located at 33 N. High St. for $62 per pass. Passes go on sale in late March and are good for the entire duration of the academic term.
Students must bring their BuckID and be enrolled in the previous semester to qualify. COTA will use enrollment data provided by the Ohio State University to determine eligibility. Students qualify for this pass one term per calendar year.
*Student IDs that are swiped prior to paying the fee are put on an inactive list and will experience a two business day delay in activation as a result of re-validating the ID.
Lines Around Campus
Line 1 can take you to Riverside Methodist Hospital and to shopping and dining options along Olentangy River Road and Kenny and Bethel roads to the west. Or, you can take it south along High Street through the Short North, Downtown Columbus , German Village and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Line 2 runs along High Street and can connect you with eclectic neighborhoods such as the Short North, Downtown Columbus, Clintonville and Bexley.
Take the 2L north along High Street from select stops to points north of Clintonville such as Graceland Shopping Center, charming historic downtown Worthington with its bustling Saturday morning farmers’ market during the growing season, and Polaris Fashion Place. The 2L is a limited-service line, meaning it picks up and drops off passengers only at select stops so it can travel to its endpoint destination faster.
From Summit Street a few blocks east of Ohio State’s campus, take Line 4 to up-and-coming Italian Village, the Short North, Downtown Columbus, and along Indianola in Clintonville to the north.
Take Line 8 south along Neil Avenue to the Arena District and Columbus Clippers and Blue Jackets games. It then travels through the east side of Downtown Columbus near Columbus State Community College, the Columbus College of Art & Design and the Columbus Museum of Art. Line 8 buses then swing back to the west, passing Columbus Commons before traveling south through Merion Village, Hungarian Village and points south.
NightOWL runs along High Street between Whetstone Park and Broad Street Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
Line 22 serves destinations such as Rickenbacker Airport and Grandview Yard.
Line 31 connects campus with the popular Grandview Heights area to the west and the mega-shopping destination Easton Town Center to the east.
OSUAir gets students from the OSU campus to John Glenn International Airport during holidays and breaks. During the regular school year, students can take lines 1 or 2 downtown to catch the AirConnect bus, which runs year-round between downtown and the airport.
Take lines 1, 2 or 4 downtown to catch the AirConnect, which runs between downtown and John Glenn International Airport year-round.
Save your data! With free Wi-Fi, staying connected is now easier than ever. Once aboard the bus, log in to COTA’s passenger Wi-Fi for unlimited access.
Students flying out of John Glenn International Airport can ride OSUAir to and from Ohio State. This service runs on select dates around OSU breaks and holidays, and picks up students from dorms around campus, and the Ohio Union, before taking an express trip to the airport terminal doors.
Or take lines 1, 2 or 4 downtown to catch the AirConnect, which runs between downtown and John Glenn International Airport year-round.
Faculty and Staff Program
Ohio State faculty and staff can purchase a discounted monthly rate for all COTA routes via pre-tax payroll deduction. After enrolling in payroll deduction, the program will require participating employees to obtain a new BuckID.
Faculty and staff may receive a $4 discount through payroll deduction which will also be assessed pre-tax. 31-DayPasses will also be available for purchase at select locations at OSU.
All employees wishing to participate must use the Employee Self Service via Ohio State to elect to have a pre-tax deduction taken from their pay each month. See directions on starting and stopping COTA deduction here .
Connect to COTA Using CABS
Connecting to COTA using Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) is easy. Ride CABS through campus to connect to COTA bus routes surrounding campus. Once connected to a COTA bus, your options are limitless!