Bus fare information

*Please note: First Bus have introduced Revenue Protection Officers on board all their buses. They will be checking that everyone is travelling with a valid/ correctly issued ticket and checking ID associated with your travel ticket - eg. your student ID. If you're unable to show a valid ticket to travel or the required ID for your ticket they will issue a standard fare charge of £50. More information on their website

Bristol Unibus

Bristol Unibus U1 and U2 services (Student and Staff discounts)

Student discounts

First Bus - Student discount up to 30%

First Bus - Student 2023/24 academic year

These are special tickets that are valid for the duration of the University of Bristol academic year up until the summer vacation. Ideal if you are not staying in Bristol during the summer holidays, but wish to travel frequently during your studies.  

Staff discounts

There are 3 main ways to get a staff discount on First bus tickets:

  1. Pay for an annual ticket in one go to receive a 20% discount
  2. Pay First monthly by direct debit under the terms of the Commuter Travel Club scheme to receive a 10% discount. Available for selected ticket durations.
  3. Take out an interest-free loan with the University to pay for an annual pass over a 12-month period with deductions coming straight from your salary, and receive a 10% discount      

1. Pay for an annual First Bus ticket in one go to receive a 20% discount 

2. Pay First monthly by direct debit through the Commuter Travel Club scheme to receive a 10% discount 

Below are some step-by-step instuctions to purchasing your discounted ticket via the Commuter Travel Club

3. University Staff interest-free loan to receive a 10% discount 

  • Staff can spread the cost of an annual pass for the First Bristol Zone and First West of England Zone, and still receive a 10% discount on the full ticket price, by applying to the University for an interest-free loan. Please visit our interest-free loan webpage for further details.    

Further information

  • There are various way to pay for bus tickets. First bus tickets are available as m-Tickets on the First Bus app, but you can also pay via contactless, and most services still accept cash. Please note that Bristol Unibus services are cashless services.
  • For further information please visit the First Bus website.