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Train Travel

Lancaster is on the West Coast Main Line with regular rail services to destinations throughout the UK. The University is well connected to Lancaster Railway Station by various modes of transport. 

Lancaster Railway Station

The railway station is located about a 5 minute walk from the city centre.

Travelling to campus from Lancaster Railway Station

  • By bus

    There is a frequent direct bus link between the railway station and the campus. 

    The 4 and 4A bus services operate between Lancaster Railway Station (Platform 3 exit) and Lancaster University every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. There is also a limited service from 8.25pm on Sunday evenings in term-time (4X) to meet popular trains from the south. The journey time is around 25 minutes from the station. 

    During Arrivals Weekend, the University provides a free coach shuttle service between Lancaster Railway Station and the University campus. The service operates on Saturday from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. 

    More information about bus travel

  • By bike

    It takes around 25 minutes to cycle from Lancaster Railway Station to the campus, around the same time that the bus journey takes. An off-road cycle route runs from Whinfell Drive in Hala and enters the campus near Bailrigg House and County College. 

    Cycle parking is available at the train station by Platforms 1, 2, 3 and 5. 

    The LU cycling map shows the cycle routes between Lancaster and the University. 

    More information about cycling to campus

  • By taxi

    A taxi rank is located at Lancaster Railway Station (Platform 3 exit). 

    More information on taxi travel

  • By foot

    It takes around an hour to walk from Lancaster Railway Station to the University campus. The most direct route is along the A6 and then along the University cycle path from Collingham Park just north of the campus. 

    The LU cycling map shows the walking and cycling routes between the city and the campus. 

    More information on walking to campus

Save 33% with a Railcard

Save 33% on rail fares by purchasing an annual Railcard for just £30. A Disabled Person's Railcard is just £20. 

The 16 to 25 Railcard also includes mature students aged 26 or over and in full-time education. 

Train times and tickets

Use National Rail to search for train times and to purchase train tickets. 

Details of live train departures and arrivals at Lancaster Railway Station are available in the Transport Hub of iLancaster

Help for staff rail commuters

Staff can apply for an interest-free loan to help pay the cost of rail season tickets for commuting to and from work. Interest-free loans of up to £5000 are available through the Flexible Benefits scheme. 

Flexible Benefits