This page will help you find the closest route to your starting and ending destinations.  SMART offers you several different ways to plan your trip: System Map, SMART Trip Planner or calling Customer Information.

Finding your Route using the Map

  • Locate your destination on the SMART System Map.  Check the route number of the nearest line to see which route comes closest. 
  • Locate your point of origin on the bus route System Map.  Check the route number on the nearest line to see which route comes closest. 
  • Are those two route numbers the same?  If so, you have a “one seat” ride. 
  • If not, you can ride one route to access the other.  In some extreme cases, you may need to take one route to a second route, and then transfer from that second route to your final route. 
  • If you need to transfer, ask your first bus driver when you board for a transfer.

Finding your Route using Trip Planner

  • To use the Google™ Transit Trip Planner, go to SMART's homepage.
  • Type in your starting address and your ending address.
  • Enter in a leave by or arrive by time.
  • Then press Plan My Trip.
  • This will take you to Google Maps and show you which bus you should board, when to transfer and will give you a map of where you are going. 

Understanding Transfers

If you need to ride more than one route, use the system map to see where your routes meet.  For instance, if you’re starting on Woodward and 9 Mile (on Route 710) and you’re going to 12 Mile and Telegraph (on Route 405), your routes intersect at Northland Center.  That’s your transfer point.  Deboard the first bus at Northland Center, and wait for the second bus at the appropriate stop. Just like you can transfer between SMART routes, you can transfer from DDOT to SMART or from SMART to DDOT.

Knowing When the Bus Comes

Routes vary in levels of service.  Some routes run often, such as Route 200, Route 450-460, and Route 560.  Other routes operate less frequently – you’ll want to know exactly when the bus is coming before you set out to ride. Also keep in mind that weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays all have separate schedules.

Need Assistance?

If you have a system map and schedules but still have questions, we’re happy to help.  Talk to a SMART Customer Information representative.  Representatives are available weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.​​