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Please note as of 25 July the ub bus route will no longer be available for intercampus travel. The 66 and 67 can continue to be used and will remain free for travel between campuses.

Public transport

With free bus travel across campus and great links to the city, it’s easy - and sustainable - to use public transport to travel around campus, but please remember to walk or cycle where you can.

Travel safety
  • The First York App lets you see the number of bus seats available
  • Buses coming onto campus are fitted with clean air technology
  • Contactless payment is available should you need it
  • Remember to respect other people's space
  • Face coverings – as these will no longer be law, our drivers will no longer ask customers to wear one or issue face covering tickets to those that aren’t exempt. 
  • Social distancing – the 1m and 2m distancing guidelines will no longer be enforced, meaning all signage across our fleet will be removed.  We ask everyone, colleagues and customers alike, to be courteous of each other’s personal space and not place themselves in situations that might make others uncomfortable.
  • Capacity restrictions – vehicles across England will revert to maximum capacity levels from 19th July.  Our drivers are to continue to record passenger numbers via the Ticketer machine so that we present accurate information in the Customer App.
  • Window ventilation -   good ventilation and open windows are encouraged in enclosed spaces, so we’ll continue to leave window ‘blocks’ in situ on our services to increase customer confidence to travel. The exchange rate of air in the bus is helped by the frequent stops and draft from the entrance doors. Drivers will continue to check that windows are open.
  • Paying by contactless – we will continue to promote all contactless methods of payment as best practice.
  • In addition to the above changes, we will continue our enhanced cleaning regime.  This will continue to increase customer confidence in our services, as well as reassuring colleagues.
  • Customer Communications  - we’ll send emails and our app messages to reassure customers – old and new - that travelling with First Bus is safe and reliable.  On board messaging across England will start to change from 19th July to reflect these changes.

Free buses across campus

You can travel between Campus East and West for free on two routes, the 66 and the 67 both incorporate intercampus travel in their route.

Just let the driver know where you're going and show your staff or student ID card. The journey is just a few minutes.

Buses to and from the city

Travel between campus and York city centre takes about 20 minutes. Buses have free wifi and accept contactless payment:

  • 66 - From: York train station. To: The University. 
    This bus takes you from Heslington Hall to Campus East via Field Lane but doesn’t stop at York Sport Village.
  • 67 - From: York train station. To: York Sport Village.  
    Like the 66, once on campus this service travels to Campus East via Field Lane, and continues onto York Sport Village.
  • 66x - From: York train station. To: The University. 
    7.30am, 8am and 8.20am. Monday to Friday during term time. Direct to the university, avoiding the city centre. 

British Library Reading Room mini bus

The Library provides a free weekly minibus service to the British Library Reading Room at Boston Spa for staff and students, on alternate Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year.

The minibus leaves from the car park in front of the Information Centre at 9.30am and leaves the Reading Room at approx. 4.15pm. Find out more and book a seat on the Library web pages.


PlusBus is a discount price travelcard for unlimited bus travel around town and connects you with the National Rail network. A PlusBus ticket allows you to get reduced price day bus travel from your starting point and/or destination when you buy a rail ticket.

Travelling further afield 

Transdev offer a range of bus services across Yorkshire. CityZap provides coach travel from York to major cities such as London, Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham. You can travel between Leeds and Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coastliner and to Harrogate via the Harrogate Bus Company.

Save money on bus travel

You can get unlimited First York bus travel for as little as 60p a day when you buy an annual student or student bus pass, receive discounts on monthly or Yorkey card 20-trip tickets, or pay a reduced rate for travel between the railway station and the University campus.

Staff can also apply free an interest-free bus pass loan. Remember to show your University ID when using the discounted bus passes.

Buy a student bus pass

Explore staff discount options

Trains and taxis

There is a frequent, fast train service to York on the East Coast Main Line from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh. There is also a direct service between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport.

The University is a short bus (66) or taxi ride direct from the railway station. There is a bus stop and taxi rank just outside the main station entrance. A taxi from the railway station will take approximately 15 minutes while a bus will take around 22 minutes. Uber are not licensed within the city of York.

Sustainable transport

Cycling, walking and reducing car use where possible can have both positive health and environmental benefits. The University has a variety of initiatives on offer to help you keep active and reduce your carbon footprint.

Sustainable transport initiatives