North Mankato, Minnesota

Bus Routes

Bus Routes

Important dates when there's no city bus service: New Year's Day, Easter Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. 

Cash Fare: $1.50
See other fare options here. 
Call 311 or (507) 387-8600 for more information.

Route 5

Increased Route 5 Fixed Route and Mobility Services for the City of North Mankato
Hours: 
  • Monday-Friday from 6:05 a.m. to 5:05 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 11:05 a.m. to 6:05 p.m.
Thirty-minute round trips start and end at Cherry Street in Mankato with the last stop in North Mankato at Koppen Gardens. Stops are scheduled only; flag down service is unavailable.

The following route information is subject to change.

Route 5 Monday through Saturday Schedule
Printable Version

Departs Cherry Street Center St. & Belgrade Ave Colony Court Apartments South Central College Tower Blvd & James Dr. Precision Press Lor Ray Dr. & La Mar Dr. Lor Ray Dr. & James Dr. Koppen Gardens Arrives Cherry St.
:05 :09 :13 :14 :15 :19 :22 :24 :29 :32
:35 :39 :43 :44 :45 :49 :53 :54 :59 :02

Kato Flex

The Kato Flex demand response service through North Mankato is being discontinued. One exception is that the City of Mankato will provide the service during weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for Koppen Gardens Apartments located at 615 Nicollet Avenue as a transition until December 31, 2024. Call 507-387-8600 to register and schedule service.

Bus Mankato live bus tracker app

Download 'Bus Mankato,' a live bus tracker app to help reach your destination on time.  The app helps pinpoint Mankato buses and view scheduled stops using real-time information.  Included is a trip planner, schedule information, and a link to transit routes. The app is available on Google Play and the Apple Store.

The live bus tracking app is a partnership between the City of Mankato and Minnesota State Mankato to help serve community needs while creating real-world learning opportunities for students. City of Mankato Transit serves the cities of Mankato, North Mankato, Skyline, and parts of South Bend Township.

See bus schedules and routes. For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.

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Beginning Monday, June 10, Mankato Transit System’s summer bus route service, Kato Go Play, will begin. For the second year in a row, Kato Go Play will offer a flex call-in service that will take scheduled riders from their homes to places of interest throughout the cities of Mankato and North Mankato. The service will be available from June 10 to August 16.


Kato Go Play is a free service for youth 18-years-of-age or younger. Adult fares are $2 for a one-way ride or $4 for a round-trip ride. Flex passes can be purchased for $20 for 11 rides. Passes can be purchased from the bus driver (cash only) or at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, where checks and credit card payments are also accepted.

Kato Go Play provides next day service. Advanced reservations are required and should be made as early as possible to secure a ride close to the desired pick-up or drop-off time. Cancellations require at least one hour notice in advance of the scheduled time. Community members interested in using the service simply need to call 311 or 507-387-8600 to schedule a ride.

Rides will be available to the following destinations:

Mankato

  • Blue Earth County Library
  • Buscher Park
  • Children’s Museum
  • Chelsey Skate Park/Jaycee Park
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Highland Park
  • Hiniker Pond
  • Intersection of E. Main and Kennedy streets (Thomas Park, East High School and Kennedy Elementary)
  • Madison East Center
  • MYPlace
  • Prairie Winds Middle School
  • River Hills Mall Theater
  • Rosa Parks Elementary
  • Sibley Park
  • Tourtellotte Park
  • Washington Elementary
  • West High School
  • Wings Over White Oak Park
  • Wow Zone
  • YMCA

North Mankato

  • Caswell Park
  • Hoover Elementary
  • Monroe Elementary
  • Spring Lake Park Swim Facility
  • Taylor Library

Kato Go Play 2024 Flyer

2024 Temporary Summer Map