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.

Bus Timetables

For information onbus 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. Cities served direct from the underpass include Aberdeen, Bolton, Carlisle, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Loughborough, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Perth, Rugby, Sheffield and Stirling. Prior booking is essential.

National Express continue to operate excellent value daily services from the underpass to Preston, Wigan, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, London, Carnforth, 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 Uni-rider is available here

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+ - £76

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

Lancaster Bus Station

For details of where to catch you bus at Lancaster Bus Station see Where to catch your bus.

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. If you do not receive a satisfactory response please write to the Bus Appeals Body.

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 2016-17 about coach drop-off and pick-up areas.