For latest overall travel advice relating to COVID-19 guidance, including the wearing of face coverings on public transport, social distancing measures, availability of services and ensuring that you check your journey in advance and allow extra time, please see the University’s dedicated Commuting to campus page.

Active Travel

We want to help staff and students travel to the University actively – by walking, running and cycling where possible. Latest advice and information can be found on our new dedicated Active Travel page.


The University of Leeds is well connected via all major modes of public transport and there are lots of discounts and benefits on hand in order to save you money on regular travel! Take a look below for more details.

Catching the bus in Leeds

Travelling to campus on the bus is really easy; you can expect to see a bus running past the University every 3 minutes during the day. Buses between the University and Headingley costs £1 for a single journey. These services include the number 1, 6, 28 and 97 and are operated by FirstLeeds.

How do I get a student bus pass? All the information you need about discounted student passes and bus timetables in Leeds is on the FirstLeeds website.  
How do I get a staff bus pass? The University of Leeds is part of the Firstbus corporate travel club which means staff can get access to a 5% discount on monthly travel passes throughout either Leeds or West Yorkshire. All you need to do is ring up Firstbus on 0345 340 9023 quoting your payroll number to get your pass. For more information about this including how much this pass costs, take a look on our staff benefits pages.

Cityzap bus: Leeds – York

Cityzap is a bus service that runs every 30 mins between York and Leeds, from first thing in the morning until around 7pm. Sunday is a day of zapping too – every hour from 0730.

Each Cityzap bus is fitted with a sat-nav so the driver can pick the quickest route and avoid any traffic queues. So it’s just like driving your car – only it’s much better as you’re not trapped with a steering wheel in front of you.

Cityzap buses are equipped with USB points and free wifi.

Current offers:

Students: Show your college or university student ID and travel for just £6 return on any Cityzap journey.

Staff: Simply show your university staff ID and travel for £6 return.

There is also a Cityzap service connecting Leeds and Manchester.

For more information on timetables, where to catch the bus from, fares and offers, click here:


Useful apps to make bus travel easier You can download the FirstLeeds bus apps from this website which will give you live service information, journey planning facilities and allow you to buy one off and season tickets using a debit card via your mobile. To take a look click here!

Staying out late? Service 1 operates until 3.00am on Monday – Saturday nights. The Students Union also operate a night bus which takes students from the entrance of the Union building to their doorstep and costs just £1! For more information about this handy service click here.

Shuttle bus
Leeds also has a city centre shuttle bus service. Details can be found here.     
Park & Ride
If you or visitors to the University need to travel to Leeds by car and would like to avoid traffic and congestion, a great option is Park & Ride.
Two new Park & Ride sites have recently opened, providing easy access by bus into the centre of Leeds. For more information, click here.
Travelling in Leeds & West Yorkshire
If you are regularly using both buses and trains to travel around Leeds or West Yorkshire then you can apply for a travel pass called an MCard via West Yorkshire Metro  which enables unlimited travel on both buses and trains.
What is an MCard?  Leeds sits within the large county of West Yorkshire meaning there are lots of different operators that run buses and trains between the region’s cities, towns, small villages and out into the countryside. Normally this means that you are required to buy more than one ticket in order to use the different services to get where you need to go. The new MCard is a nifty smartcard that makes it easier to travel within Leeds and West Yorkshire on both buses and trains without having to buy multiple tickets for one journey. For more information click here.
How do I get a student MCard? For full time students who regularly catch trains and buses in the City and within the region, Metro offer a 16-25 M-card which you can apply for here. If you are a mature full time student 26+ you can also apply for a Student Plus Card here. You can pay a weekly or monthly cost for both of these passes and this will give you unlimited train and bus travel throughout West Yorkshire including on trips to the Yorkshire Dales!
How do I get a staff MCard? The University offer a discounted MCard for staff as part of our travel plus benefits offer. For information about these benefits for travel passes and season tickets please click here.
National Train Travel 
How do I get a student railcard? To save up to 1/3 off train travel around the UK young people aged between 16 – 25 and mature full time students can purchase a 16 – 25 railcard.
If you are aged 16 – 25, you can buy a railcard online using a valid debit or credit card, a valid UK driving license or international passport, and a digital passport-style photo.
Mature students aged 26+ can apply online too, but will need to submit evidence of eligibility. To do this, you will need to upload a copy of your student ID, a digital passport-style photo and the Mature Student Declaration form, signed by your personal tutor, or a member of the Student Services Counter team on Level 9 of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff building.
If you are intending to travel around the UK via train make sure you purchase your tickets early to avoid large increases in train fares closer to the travel date. For general train timetable information visit the National Rail website.