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.  Abus also run services around Bristol and beyond.

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 Bus, 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 due to commence on Mon 20 September 2021

Full operating dates and summary frequency information will be posted here when the timetable has been finalised. However, the service is once again expected to operate Mon to Sun (except Public Holidays) during university term time 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 expected to be to up to every 8 minutes, while the Sat and Sun daytime frequency is expected to be up to every 20 minutes. In the evening Mon-Sat, the service is expected to operate every 30 minutes until 4am when the service will cease. When the timetable has been finalised, see the Bristol Unibus website for exact timetable details.

Students living in University-allocated accommodation (except postgraduates in postgraduate-only residences) will receive a free bus pass (mTicket) for unlimited travel on the Unibus U1 service. Other students can buy tickets or passes for the U1. It is expected that recipients of the free U1 bus pass will be able to upgrade their pass to include the entire First Bristol Zone network for just £50 and use any First or metrobus route across Bristol. See Bristol Unibus for details.

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

The U1 will once again operate as a Cashfree service during 2021/2022. 

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 will once again operate as a Cashfree service during 2020/2021.

Further information

Any further queries, please contact the Transport Team.