Bus and Coach Travel
A comprehensive range of bus and coach services are available from campus, both to the local area and to destinations across the UK.
At least 14 buses an hour between campus and the city during term-time day times.
Discounted Unirider bus passes available for staff and students.
The direct 1/1A service runs every 10 minutes Mon to Sat during term-time.
Full capacity has been restored
Full capacity on buses was restored on 19th July 2021. All seats are now available and standing is permitted again. Passengers are asked to continue wearing a face covering, unless exempt. The Stagecoach Bus App has a "How busy is my bus?" feature. This is a useful way to find a quieter bus.
More space in the Underpass
The platform in the Underpass was extended in 2019 to give passengers more space, and more room for buses too. The air quality has also improved due to lower emission buses being used and much less traffic passing through the Underpass now that the road is for buses only. It's a much improved environment.
Travelling around campus by bus
All services stop at the Underpass, Sports Centre and Health Innovation Campus, but there are other bus stops on campus too. Some services use the stops on South Campus and South West Campus. This includes a new stop outside the Management School. Furthermore, a great-value 50p single fare applies for all bus journeys within the campus boundary including the Health Innovation Campus from the A6. For pass holders, these journeys are all-inclusive.
Bus timetables and real time departure information
Real time bus departure information is displayed on the departure screens in the Underpass, Alexandra Square and at some other locations on campus. The University also provides the real time bus departure data displayed on the large screens at Lancaster Bus Station and on the iLancaster app. Please see the Maps section of iLancaster for live bus times from your preferred bus stop.
Stagecoach bus timetables can be accessed via the Stagecoach website.
North-West Unirider Gold bus pass
The North West Unirider Gold 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 to the South of Lancaster in Preston or Beyond, which are served by direct bus services to the University but are located outside of the Lancaster Unirider zone. The pass may also appeal to students whose home address is in North West England and can commute home using Stagecoach bus services.
The price of the product is significantly reduced for University students and staff compared to the price of the full commercial product for other members of the public.
Unless you are a member of staff, the North West Unirider Gold pass can be obtained through the Stagecoach website where information on the prices of this product and the area in which it is valid is also available.
Travelling further afield by bus or by coach
Please see the Long Distance Bus and Coach Travel page for details.
- Feedback or complaints on bus services
Buses to Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's supermarket in Lancaster provide a free student bus on Wednesdays during term-times.
The Sainsbury's Bus is operated by Stagecoach and travels direct between the University Underpass and Sainsbury's Lancaster in both directions on Wednesdays. Passengers are required to spend at least £5 in Lancaster Sainsbury's to use the free bus.
Departure times from the Underpass are 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 17:00 and 18:00.
Departure times from Sainsbury's Lancaster are 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 16:35, 17:35 and 18:35.
Buses to the Sugarhouse
The Students' Union provides a free student bus between campus and the Sugarhouse nightclub in the city centre. The service is operated by Stagecoach. Please see the Students' Union website for further details.
Lancaster Bus Users Group
Lancaster District Bus Users Group exists to further the interests of bus passengers throughout the Lancaster District.
Membership is open to everyone and the subscription is £5 per annum (£2 for bus pass holders and students). The University is a corporate member.
For details of how to join or to learn more about the group please email email@example.com
- Useful external links
Coach and minibus hire for University travel
Staff should follow the guidance for coach and minibus hire available on the Staff Intranet.
Coach visits to campus
This document provides helpful information to coach drivers and organisers of coach visits to the University campus.