Bus travel

Bristol is a great city to get around by bus. Our main Clifton campus and student residences are linked to the city centre and other places by frequent bus services, many running around the clock.

First Bus is the city's main bus operator, with many services stopping close to our main Clifton campus. Other bus operators run a limited number of services in Bristol and beyond, including Abus and Stagecoach.

Students and staff can benefit from discounted fares on bus services across Bristol and further afield. Visit our bus fares page.

Staff can find detailed information about COVID travel and transport on the University's COVID sharepoint site (a private group).
Students can find detailed information about COVID travel and transport on University's Campus safety webpage.

For assistance planning public transport journeys, please visit Traveline or Travelwest.



Operated by First, the Bristol Unibus services connect students and staff between the residences at Stoke Bishop, our main Clifton campus, the city centre and our Langford Campus.

Bristol Unibus U1 - Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence to the City Centre, via University Clifton Campus

2021/22 academic year: Service commenced Wed 15 September 2021 operating University term time only

The U1 service operates Mon to Sun (except Public Holidays) during university term time only. During AM and PM peak times and at night-time, the service runs between Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence and University Clifton Campus only. At off-peak times and weekends (daytime only), the U1 route extends from our Clifton campus to Bristol city centre. 

The Mon-Fri daytime frequency is every 6 minutes at peak times, at at least every 12 minutes at off peak times. The Sat and Sun daytime frequency is every 20 minutes. In the evenings Mon-Sat, the service operates every 15 minutes up until Midnight, before reducing in frequency to every 30 minutes bewteen Midnight and 4am. The U1 service does not operate at night on Sundays. Please see the Bristol Unibus website for the full timetable details.

Students living in University-allocated accommodation (except postgraduates in postgraduate-only residences) receive a free bus pass (mTicket) for unlimited travel on the Unibus U1 service. Other students can buy tickets or passes for the U1. Recipients of the free U1 bus pass can upgrade their pass to the Bristol Zone ticket, covering all the First and metrobus services in Bristol, for just £50. See Bristol Unibus for details.

Staff and members of the public can also travel on the U1 service by purchasing tickets in the usual way. 

The U1 is again operating as a Cashfree service during the 2021/2022 year. 

Bristol Unibus U2 - Bristol City Centre to University Langford Campus, via University Clifton Campus

The Unibus U2 operates between 7.13am and 6.59pm Mondays to Fridays all year round, except on Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year. All journeys start and finish from Bristol City Centre and our Langford campus. The service operates to an hourly frequency.

Most Bristol Veterinary School Students receive a free bus pass (mTicket) for unlimited travel on the Unibus U2 service. The U2 can be used by other students, staff and the general public who can purchase tickets in the usual way. 

The U2 is again operating as a Cashfree service during the 2021/2022 year.

Further information

Any further queries, please contact the Transport Team.