Bus Travel

Lancaster University benefits from the most frequent campus - city centre bus service in the UK. There is a bus service to the city centre every 4 minutes during weekday term-time daytimes. Lancaster University is working closely in partnership with Stagecoach and the Students' Union to deliver better bus services to the University. Thousands of students use the bus every day.

Staff bus use at the University has more than doubled since the Travel Plan was introduced in 2005. 23% of staff now commute to campus by bus. University staff can qualify for a free or heavily subsidised annual bus pass.

Please see our Campus Bus Route Map for full details of bus stops on campus. 

Bus Timetables

For information on bus times please see the Transport Hub in iLancaster or the Stagecoach website.

Scheduled Coach Services from Lancaster University Underpass

Megabus operate excellent value daily scheduled coach services from the University Underpass to destinations across the UK. Destinations served direct from the underpass include Aberdeen, Aviemore, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Lochgilphead, London, Manchester, Oban, Perth, Pitlochry, Stirling, Tarbert. Prior booking is essential.

National Express continue to operate excellent value daily services from the Underpass to Preston, Wigan, Birmingham, London, Kendal and destinations through Cumbria as far as Whitehaven. Prior booking is essential.

Unirider Bus Passes

The Lancaster UniRider is a bus ticket, which is only available for students and staff attending Lancaster University and University of Cumbria (Lancaster Campus). It offers unlimited bus travel on all Stagecoach services in the Lancaster area. Students can apply for the Unirider bus pass from the main Students Union reception in Bowland Main with a Purple Card discount.

A Unirider South ticket is also available for subsidised staff uniriders, which is valid along the A6 bus corridor between Catterall, Garstang and Lancaster University.

More information on the Unirider is available here

North-West Unirider Gold Bus Pass

From October 2017, the North-West Unirider Gold bus pass is available to students and staff of Lancaster University. The NW Gold Unirider is a Stagecoach bus pass that allows unlimited travel throughout the Stagecoach bus network in many parts of North-West England. The pass may particularly appeal to staff and students that live in Preston and Blackpool which are served by direct bus services to the University but are located outside of the current Lancaster Unirider zone. The pass may also appeal to students whose home is in North-West England and can commute home using Stagecoach bus services. The price of the product is significantly reduced for University staff and students compared to the price of the full commercial product for other members of the public. 

Prices of the NW Unirider Gold are as follows: 

  • Term 1 - £175.99                                        
  • Term 2 - £175.99                                        
  • Term 3 - £175.99                                        
  • Term 1 and 2 - £317.99                                        
  • Term 2 and 3 - £317.99                                        
  • Term 1, 2 and 3 - £479.99                                        
  • Annual - £647.99                                        

Details of the area in which the NW Unirider Gold is valid are available here. These products are available at the Students’ Union in Bowland Main. Staff can apply for the annual product through the Season Ticket Loan scheme in Flexible Benefits to spread the payments monthly by salary sacrifice.    

Bus Travel for University Staff

University staff can apply for an annual Staff Unirider or annual Staff Unirider South ticket through Flexible Benefits with massive discounts! This must be done through annual enrolment for existing University staff.

  • Staff on Grades 1-2 - FREE
  • Staff on Grade 3-6 - £99
  • Staff on Grade 7+ - £112

Please note: staff can not have a parking permit and a free or subsidised bus pass in the same year.

For more information on the Flexible Benefits Scheme click here.

Other Information on Bus Services

Feedback on Bus Services

Please contact the bus company first, or the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333 or email facilities.helpdesk@lancaster.ac.ukStagecoach operate the vast majority of services in the Lancaster area. 

Buses to the Lake District

555 to the Lake District - this service departs from Lancaster Bus Station.

Information for Coach Drivers

Policy on coach drop-off, pick-up areas and coach parking.

Coach Parking Policy 2017/18 about coach drop-off and pick-up areas.

Lancaster Bus User Group

Lancaster District Bus Users Group exists to further the interests of bus passengers throughout the Lancaster District, including Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and the surrounding rural area.

Lancaster Bus User Group membership form