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 University Students

Travelling to university

Group of university students
If you are new to the Merseyside area, or just a bit unsure about your transport options, don't worry, you've come to the right place. At university, travel is something most students have to budget for, and we want to make this as easy as possible for you.
 
Merseyside has a great network of buses and trains, including specific university bus services, but many students also consider cycling and walking. For trains and buses you will need to buy a ticket.
 

Public Transport Tickets

If you are still 18 you can use young people’s tickets on buses and trains. Click here for details.
 
If you are 19 or older there is a range of tickets for adults which could save you money, depending on your circumstances. You need to consider where you will be living in relation to your university, work out the best mode of transport for you and then choose the ticket that's right for you.
 
Once you know where you'll be living, the Merseytravel journey planner is a useful tool to help you work out the best route and mode of transport. You can use it on your PC or laptop here or download it for free from the App Store or Google Play Store.
 

Merseytravel Tickets

Now you know which route you will use you need to decide which ticket is best for you. There are many tickets and products available from Merseytravel.

You could buy a season ticket for your University travel (Trio, Solo or Railpass). The great thing about Merseytravel tickets is that they can be used on any bus or train in your chosen area within Merseyside, no matter who operates it. The more you use a season ticket the more you save compared to cash fares. If you have a part time job in the evening or at weekends for example, you can really make some great savings.

Ticket ​Modes ​Periods ​Zones/Areas

​On/
Off Peak

 

​Buy from

Trio

  • Train
  • Bus
  • Ferry​
  • ​Week
  • Month
  • Annual
  • ​1 Zone
  • 2 Zones or 1 Area
  • 3 Zones or
    1 Area/1 Zone
  • All Zones

Peak and Off Peak​

  • ​Travel Centre
  • Train Stations
Solo
  • ​Bus
  • Day Bundles
  • ​Week
  • 4-week
  • Annual
  • All Merseyside

​Peak and Off Peak

  • ​Travel Centre
  • PayPoint Store
  • Daily from the bus driver
Railpass
  • ​Train
  • ​Week
  • Month
  • ​1 Zone
  • 2 Zones or 1 Area
  • 3 Zones or
    1 Area/1 Zone
  • All Zones

​Peak and Off Peak

  • ​Train Stations
​Saveaway
  • ​Bus
  • Train
  • Ferry
  • ​Daily
  • ​1 Area
    (A, B, C or D)
  • All Areas
​Off Peak
  • ​Travel Centre
  • Train Stations
  • PayPoint Store

​ ​

 
Ticket prices can be found in our 2017 adult (19+) ticketing booklet.
 

Operators’ Season Tickets

Arriva and Stagecoach are the largest bus operators in Merseyside and also offer tickets for students, such as Arriva’s Student Saver Tickets and Stagecoach’s Unirider Tickets.
 

Cash fares

You can pay-as-you-go for a day return ticket on the bus or at the station each time you travel. This could be a better option for you if you are only travelling a few days per week.
 

Student Bus Services

Some universities have dedicated bus services for their students.

Cycling 

Cycling is a great way of keeping fit and keeping costs down too. Check whether your university offers cycle storage on the campus and at halls of residence.

If you’ve decided that cycling is for you there are many cycling options within the Liverpool City Region, from a range of excellent cycle shops if you want to buy your own, to City Bikes and a Bike & Go scheme.
 
Cycling Works is a useful website where you can challenge yourself by logging your mileage. It will calculate the amount of CO2 you have saved and also offers free cycle training and bike maintenance workshops.

For more general information on cycling visit our cycling pages.


For further help and advice on public transport services and tickets you can:

  • Call 0151 330 1000 (open 7am – 8pm Mondays to Fridays, 8am – 8pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays)
  • Pop into a Merseytravel Centre in the bus stations in Liverpool City Centre (Queen Square or Liverpool One Bus Station), Bootle, Birkenhead, St Helens and Huyton.

Merseytravel, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Tel: 0151 330 1000  |  Fax: 0151 330 1234