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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.

More than 10,000 passenger journeys are estimated to take place at the Underpass bus stop every day during term-time weekdays.

The direct 1/1A service runs every 10 minutes Mon to Sat during term-time.

View the Lancaster and Morecambe Bus Network Map for details of Stagecoach bus services in the area.

Travelling around campus by bus

All services stop at the Underpass and at the Sports Centre, but there are other bus stops on campus too. Some services use the stops on South Campus and South West Campus. From October 2019, a new 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.

Brand new buses

At least 14 buses service our campus every hour during term-time so it's no surprise they need replacing every once in a while. During August, 14 Stagecoach double decker buses are being replaced with brand new ones. The new buses have lower emissions and the latest equipment and technology. This includes contactless payment and next stop announcements on board.

Always improving campus

With over 10,000 passenger journeys using the Underpass bus stop each day, we are expanding the platform in the Underpass to make more space as staff and student numbers increase.

Helpful Information

  • 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 Transport Hub 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 in Preston or Blackpool 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.

    The North West Unirider Gold is available from the Students' Union Welcome Desk in Bowland College.

    For information on the prices of this product and the area in which it is valid in please see the Stagecoach website.

  • Travelling further afield by bus or by coach

    Please see the Long Distance Bus and Coach Travel page for details.

  • Feedback on bus services

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

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

  • Buses to Sainsbury's

    Sainsbury's supermarket in Lancaster provides 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 Sugar buses are operated by Stagecoach and run on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

    For bus times and further details please see the Students' Union website.

  • 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 lancasterbususers@gmail.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

    Coach Drop-off, Pick-up and Coach Parking Policy 2019/20

    This document provides helpful information to coach drivers and organisers of coach visits to the University campus.