Public transport

The University of Leeds is really well connected by public transport. Several buses run directly to the campus from Leeds City Centre and the surrounding area. If you’re travelling by train, the Leeds train station is a short walk or cycle away.

Before travelling and when planning your journey, please check the latest UK Government travel advice as well as local operator and service information.

Please consider public transport capacity and where possible, plan your journey to avoid potentially busy times or routes. Some operators, such as First Bus, are providing live updates on available capacity via their First Bus app, and National Rail is also providing advice.

Whilst the legal requirement to wear a face covering across England ended on 19th July 2021, wearing a face covering is strongly recommended, and may be requested or required by individual transport or business operators.  Read the latest government guidance on face coverings and follow any local communications regarding the wearing of face coverings.

Free face coverings and face shields are available to members of the University community on campus – see the University website for more details.

There are a number of discounted travel pass options available to staff through the University’s membership of the West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network (WYTPN).

Catching the bus

Travelling to campus by bus is really easy – buses run past the Parkinson Building every 3 minutes during the day. These services include the number 1, 6, 28 and 97 and are operated by First Bus Leeds. 

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority recently introduced the Leeds Core Bus Network. The network is made up of 18 bus lines that run every 15 minutes. With their new colour-coded bus lines, maps, and improved information at bus stops, it has never been easier to travel in Leeds! For more information, please see updates to the Leeds Core Bus Network.

If you travel by bus regularly, it’s worth considering a student or staff travel pass.

For more information on bus services across Leeds and West Yorkshire, visit the Metro website.

Taking the train

Leeds is well served by national train services – visit National Rail Enquiries for more information. From the train station, it’s a short walk or bike ride to the campus.

If you’re travelling by train, it’s worth considering a student railcard or staff travel pass.

For further information on rail services in Leeds and West Yorkshire, visit the Metro website. 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our public transport work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.