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Public transport

With free bus travel across campus and great links to the city, it’s easy - and more sustainable - to use public transport to travel around campus.

Travel safely
- The First York App lets you see how busy buses are and the number of seats available.
-  Buses coming onto campus are being fitted with latest clean air technology.

Free buses across campus

You can travel between Campus East and Campus West for free on Your bus (First) 66 or the ub1 campus shuttle. Just let the driver know where you're going.

The journey is just a few minutes and buses run around every 15 minutes during term time. 

Rail and bus passes

You can save money with a rail pass or staff and student bus pass, including offers on journeys to Leeds and Harrogate.

Sustainable transport initiatives

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:

  • 66x: The morning express from York train station direct to the University, avoiding the city centre. It runs at 7.30am, 8am and 8.20am, Monday to Friday during term time.
  • 66: This bus leaves from stop ‘RJ’ across the road from the train station. It takes you from Heslington Hall to Campus East via Field Lane but doesn’t stop at York Sport Village.
  • 66a: Like the 66, once on campus this service travels to Campus East via Field Lane, and continues onto York Sport Village.
  • N66: The night bus service from the city to campus. Running from midnight to 4am, it stops at Salt & Pepper on Tanner Row, and travels via Coppergate.

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.

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 willl take approximately 15 minutes while a bus will take around 22 minutes.