Cherry Fest


Free 2018 Cherry Festival (Bayline) Shuttle


Hop on BATA's new Bayline route for free transportation to and from the National Cherry Festival. BATA's Bayline offers continuous transportation throughout the festival. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from any stop location along the route. Special park and ride lots are available at Meijer on US-31, at the Cherry Lot at Northwest Michigan College and Woodland Creek Furniture on the east side of town.

New this year:

  • Buses every 15 minutes with service from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. throughout the festival
  • Park and Ride locations at the Meijer US-31 car wash parking lot, NMC's Cherry Lot and Woodland Creek Furniture. NOTE: Thirlby Field on 14th street is not a park and ride location this year.
  • Drop off locations downtown Traverse City at Front and Union and State and Union for easy connections to the Open Space and Cherry Festival festivities. 


Download the 2018 National Cherry Festival shuttle schedule.


Orchard Tour and More:

BATA is also offering free transportation to the festival's "Orchard Tour and More!" activity at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center in Leelanau County July 2-6. Buses will make regular departures from the Traverse City Visitors Center on Garland Street at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., with the last departure returning to Traverse City from the Horticulture Center at 12:30 p.m.



NOTE: Free rides only apply to the Bayline.