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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. 

For the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting travel to and from the University please see the COVID Local Travel Advice page. 

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

View bus stop locations and bus routes on campus. A new bus stop has also been added outside the Management School in January 2021.

It's safe to use the bus

Research suggests that the chance of Coronavirus spreading on public transport is minimal. Demand for bus travel to the University has been assessed to ensure there is enough capacity with social distancing in place. More information on bus travel during Covid-19 is available here. 

More space in the Underpass

The platform in the Underpass has been extended 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. 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.

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 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 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 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.

    Please note that this service will not operate during the Lent Term 2021 due to COVID-19. 

  • Buses to the Sugarhouse

    The Students' Union usually provide a free student bus between campus and the Sugarhouse nightclub in the city centre. Due to Covid-19 this service will not operate until 2021/22 due to the current closure of the Sugarhouse.  

    For updates on the operation of this service 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

  • 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. 

    Coach Drop-off, Pick-up and Coach Parking Policy 2020/21