Free Shuttle Loop

It couldn’t be simpler to get around the festival for FREE with our accessible, air conditioned BATA Bayline shuttle buses, now with WiFi. They stop every 12 – 15 minutes at most festival venues, and we even have some on demand. Just ask at the venue for details if you need extra assistance. Shuttles run Wednesday through Sunday from 7 am until the last filmgoers and volunteers are returned to their vehicles.

Park for FREE on the East Side in NMC’s Cherry Lot and on the West in the Meijer (on US-31) Park-n-Ride Lot near the car wash, and then hop on the Bayline.

With more buses than ever, and service moving both East and Westbound, you’ll get between venues in no time. Our great volunteers are available to help you navigate the route, and some even ride along with you to assist with questions. A new service provided at no cost to you, the BATA Bayline shuttle system runs from Woodland Creek in Acme to Meijer on US-31. This extended route helps folks come in direct from their hotel or ride after parking their car in a safe, lit, FREE lot. If you’ve ridden the shuttle during regular hours or during another festival this summer, our route will differ slightly to offer additional service to more of our festival venues.

Plus, patrons staying at hotels along the bay at select properties will be able to grab the shuttle right from the lobby!

The specific TCFF BATA Bayline map is below. Buses will stop at most venues, and will be available on demand for some specific trips. And check out the handy “Cheat Sheet” below so you can catch the Bayline at the most convenient and efficient stop!

Bike Friendly Town

Traverse City has ample bike parking that is conveniently located around Downtown Traverse City. Our bike friendly city continues to improve its trails and bike lanes. Bike racks are located on sidewalks in various locations throughout Downtown Traverse City,  in the Larry C. Hardy and Old Town Parking Decks and at each festival venue.

Additional Bike Racks Provided By Norte!

We’ve partnered with Norte! to provide additional bike racks for all of our venues. They are your go-to resource for all things biking at TCFF. 

For suggested bike routes and more visit Norte’s site. #biketcff

Store Your Car

FREE parking is available all day and night on the east side of town at NMC’s Cherry Lot (near Milliken Auditorium) or on the west side in the classic Meijer parking lot (near the car wash). Parking is also available in two downtown parking decks (Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck and Old Town Parking Deck) where you can drop off your car and hop on the FREE BATA Bayline Festival Loop Shuttle.

When attending movies at The Kubrick at Central Grade, please bike, walk, or us the Old Town Parking Deck, rather than parking on the street. And please exit quietly after nighttime shows at The Kubrick. Help us be good neighbors!

Visit the Downtown TC website for more information on parking near our Downtown venues.

Walking Times

Want to walk, but worried that you’ll miss your film? We’ve taken out the guesswork, so that you’ll be able to plan accordingly. With this chart, find out exactly how much time it takes to get from venue to venue by foot or by shuttle.
Disclaimer! Times May Vary