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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 being fitted with latest clean air technology
  • First buses are Covid Safe
  • Always maintain physical distancing while queuing for buses.
  • Always wear a face covering on public transport. If you can't, you should wear a sunflower lanyard or download a First Bus exemption card to show to the driver.

Free buses across campus

You can travel between Campus East and West for free on two dedicated routes, the ub1 and the ub2 intercampus shuttles. Just let the driver know where you're going and show your staff or student ID card. The journey is just a few minutes.

The ub2 intercampus shuttle bus runs approximately every 10 minutes, the ub1 now runs approximately every 30 minutes during term time.


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

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