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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, Leeds railway station is a short walk or cycle away, and inter-city buses operate from the main bus station, again a short walk or cycle away.

There are a number of discounted travel pass options available to staff.

Catching the bus

Travelling to campus by bus is really easy – buses run past the Parkinson Building every few minutes during the day. These services include the number 1, 1B, 6, 26, 28, 29A , 56 and 97 - many of these are operated by First Bus Leeds. 

The Leeds Core Bus Network is made up of 18 bus lines that run every 15 minutes. With 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 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. 

Leeds City Bikes

The University of Leeds campus also hosts e-bike docking stations as part of the Leeds City Bikes scheme.

This allows short term hire of electric bikes via an app, with the option to pay by the minute or purchase bundles of minutes at a discounted price.

The scheme is operated by Beryl on behalf of Leeds City Council, and bikes must be hired from and returned to designated docking stations. 

Until July 2024 Students can receive 25% off the cost of minute bundles when you register with your university email address. 

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.