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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. 

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

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 on Sunday evenings in term-time (4X) to meet popular trains from the south. The journey time is around 25 minutes from the station.

    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 through a choice of two cycle routes, either through the Health Innovation Campus or through Bailrigg village and by County College.

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

    The shows the cycle routes between Lancaster and the University. Additional cycle routes have been added since the map was last updated in 2018.

    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 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 from the National Rail departure board.

Help for staff rail season ticket holders

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

New Flexi Rail season tickets

The new Flexi Season rail ticket provides users with 8 days travel in 28 days at any time between 2 stations. 

If you are a hybrid worker commuting to campus by train on average twice a week then this could be just the right ticket for you.