Northstar Link Holiday Service Schedule & Free Rides for Vets on Veterans Day

In honor of their service, all Veterans and active military ride free with a military ID on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Northstar Link Commuter Bus will not operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays and will run a modified schedule for Friday, Nov. 29 and Monday, Dec. 24 to coordinate with the Northstar Commuter Rail train schedule, Route 888.

Route 887F will not operate on Friday, Nov. 29. Regular fares apply for all routes.


Complete schedule is available at for the bus and for the train.



New Metro Bus privacy requirement may impact health care, residential care and social service providers

Northstar Link respects the privacy of our passengers. To protect their privacy, Northstar Link requires written authorization from passengers regarding who may communicate with Northstar Link on the passenger’s behalf. This requirement is effective May 1, 2019, and impacts all passenger communications discussion about issues or concerns.

How to provide authorization: Northstar Link is a service of St. Cloud Metro Bus service. The authorization is provided through the completion of the Metro Bus Passenger Release of Information form. This form  is available for everyone on the Northstar Link website. If the passenger has a legal guardian (Power of Attorney, Conservator, etc.) who is responsible for their well-being, proof of the legal guardianship is required.

Special Note for Caregivers, Health Care providers, Social Workers, Group Homes and Nursing Homes: This requirement impacts staff who set up rides for their patients/residents. In order for staff to talk about any issues with Northstar Link on behalf of the facilities’ clients, the facility or caregiver must be listed on the Passenger Release of Information form signed by the passenger or their legal guardian. Remember, if a legal guardian is authorizing, Northstar Link must have proof of the legal guardianship.

Download the form here:

Northstar Link Winter Holiday Hours 2018

Northstar Link Commuter Bus will not operate on the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays and will run a modified schedule for the Friday after Thanksgiving and Monday, Christmas Eve to match the Northstar Commuter Rail train schedule, Route 888. Route 887F will not operate on Nov. 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving. Regular fares apply for all routes.

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Fare information is available at for the bus and for the train.

Northstar Link to serve Twins make-up games

ST. CLOUD — Northstar Link is adding service for four upcoming Twins make-up baseball games.

The first added service will be after the 6:10 pm home game on Monday, May 14. Northstar Link will operate its regular southbound schedule prior to the game. Northstar Rail will run one additional northbound train 30 minutes after the game and Northstar Link will meet the train at the Big Lake Station.

Other make-up games and corresponding service are detailed in the chart below.

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Northstar Link bus will run April 15

ST. CLOUD — Northstar Link plans to provide 887 service as regularly scheduled on Sunday, April 15, during the National Weather Service’s Winter Weather Advisory that is in effect until 10 pm, Sunday, April 15.

Riders can stay informed about weather-related closings by following local news media, and Northstar Link  social media accounts: @northstarlink on Facebook and @northstarlink on Twitter.


ST. CLOUD (4/2/18) –Northstar Commuter Rail and Northstar Link Commuter Bus will provide service for all Minnesota Twins baseball home games at Target Field, starting with the home opener on April 5.

Northstar Link bus service from St. Cloud and Becker is timed to connect with Northstar Line trains at the Big Lake Station. After the game, at either the scheduled departure times or 30 minutes after the end of the game, fans will be able to board the train to Big Lake where the bus will be waiting to bring them back to Becker or St. Cloud. The northbound train will leave Target Field 30 minutes after fireworks show (instead of last out) on June 1, 8 and 22; July 6 and 13; and August 3, 17 and 24.

Northstar Link bus rides cost $2.00 one-way. Northstar Line train fares are paid separately.

Game schedules and train fare information are available at Schedules for Northstar Link Bus Route 887T, which serves Minnesota Twins home games, can be found online at and on Northstar Link buses and Northstar Line trains.