Bus Travel

Lancaster University benefits from the most frequent campus to city centre bus service in the UK and most people commute to campus by bus. The direct No1/1a service runs every 10 minutes Mon - Sat during term time. Other through routes serve most destinations within the Lancaster/Morecambe urban area, as well as the city centre, providing at least 14 buses every hour during term-time daytimes. Lancaster University works closely in partnership with Stagecoach (who run most of the buses in Lancaster) and the Students' Union to deliver better bus services to the University.



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 Lancaster and Morecambe Network Map for details of Stagecoach Services in the area.

Bus Timetables

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

Bus Passes for University Students 

The Lancaster Unirider 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.

Passes are available termly, or you can save money by buying a two term, three term or annual ticket.

More information on the Unirider is available here

For travel outside the Unirider Zone please see the Unirider Gold Pass below.   

Bus Travel for University Staff                                  

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

The standard Unirider ticket covers the same area as the student Unirider, but an alternative Unirider South option is available for staff travelling on the A6 route from Garstang and Catterall to the University

  • Staff on Grades 1-2 - FREE
  • Staff on Grade 3-6 - £102
  • Staff on Grade 7+ - £115.32

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

If you live outside the Unirider or Unirider South areas please see NW Unirider Gold below.

For more information on the Flexible Benefits Scheme click here.

North-West Unirider Gold Bus Pass

The North-West Unirider Gold bus pass is available to both 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: 

  • One Term - £180.99
  • Two Terms - £327.99
  • Three Terms - £493.99
  • Annual - £666.99

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.    


Other Information on Bus Services

Feedback on Bus Services

Please contact the bus company. Stagecoach operates the vast majority of services in the Lancaster area. 

If you do not get a satisfactory response please contact Facilities Helpdesk email facilities.helpdesk@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 593333.

Buses to the Sugarhouse

Lancaster University Students' Union provides free buses to and from the Sugarhouse on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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 2018-19  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 


Scheduled Coach Services from Lancaster University Underpass 

Coach journeys typically take longer than the train but can offer excellent value.  Prior booking is essential.

Megabus operate daily scheduled coach services from the University Underpass to destinations across the UK. Destinations served direct from the underpass include London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee and Aberdeen.

National Express continue to operate daily services from the Underpass to London, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Keswick, Workington and Whitehaven.