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Find your route to us

Use our interactive bus route mapper above to find your nearest College bus stop. View by route or simply enter your postcode. If you don't find a route close by, please see other local bus service information further down this page.

Maps and directions to the College

Visit our Maps and Directions page for details and instructions on getting to and from the College, as well as other information like College floor plans and how parking works.

Getting to College

The college transport information on this page is subject to change for the September 2021 term. Please check back nearer to the time for up-to-date information.

If you are using the College bus service from September 2021, please fill in our travel application form. This is so we know who is using the college bus and so we can monitor numbers for the beginning of term. Don’t worry though, you will have a place on the bus in September and you won’t hear from us to confirm your place.

We offer 15 bus routes from the surrounding areas. Please see the interactive bus route mapper above or alternatively view the latest timetable for journey times, prices and zone.

(If you are travelling from Thirsk / Easingwold or any other area not served by the college bus service, you can find more information under “Local Services for areas not served by the college coaches” further down this page).

COVID-19 info

Face coverings must be worn on all college bus routes and must be kept on for the full journey. These can include face masks, bandanas, scarves etc. but must cover your nose and mouth.

If you are exempt from wearing a face covering for medical reasons, you will need a face covering exemption pass from the college. To apply for an exemption, please do so by contacting Student services at Studentservices@yorkcollege.ac.uk. Unless you have a college exemption pass, you must wear a face covering on the college bus.

  • Please space out on the bus as much as possible, where you can.
  • Please fill the bus from the rear when boarding. Students living furthest away will need to sit at the rear of the bus. Please bear this in mind when boarding on a morning and when you go home.
  • Please use hand sanitiser when boarding
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not come to college and do not use the college bus service. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
    • A high temperature
    • Loss or change of smell or taste
    • A new and continuous cough
College bus information to take effect from September 2021

We use Twitter to communicate any delays or updates to our bus service. If you are using our service, it is important that you follow us @yctravelupdates to stay up to date.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of travel before purchasing a ticket or using the college bus service.

We are offering Annual, half termly, weekly and daily online tickets to use the college bus. Please see more information including prices and how to purchase an online ticket under the heading “Buying tickets (to use the College bus service only)” further down this page.

We offer 15 bus routes from the surrounding areas. Please see the interactive bus route mapper above or alternatively view the latest timetable for journey times, prices and zone.

(Please note time changes for Riccall, Escrick and Deighton to take effect from September ’21)

Please be at your bus stop at least 10 mins before your bus is due to avoid missing the college bus.

If you need to speak with someone about transport please get in touch via email, Transport@yorkcollege.ac.uk.

Departure times from the College on an evening:

York College provides information on journey times in good faith, however, in the event of a breakdown, traffic congestion or any other incidents beyond the reasonable control of the college or coach companies operating the routes, departure times may be affected, and journeys may take longer than predicted; in these circumstances the college will not be liable for any delays.

We offer 15 routes from across the region. Here are the departure times:

Departure times Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:

Routes 1/2/3/4 departs 4.40pm
Routes 5/6/7/8 departs 4.45pm
Routes 9/10/11/12 departs 4.50pm
Routes 13/14/15 departs 4.55pm

Departure times Tuesday only:

Route 1/2/3/4 3.00pm
Route 5/6/7/8 3.05pm
Route 9/10/11/12 3.10pm
Route 13/14/15 3.15pm

Please be at the bus shelter in plenty of time to catch your bus home. College buses leave at designated times and cannot wait for you if you are late. There is one bus home on an evening and if you miss this you will need to make alternative arrangements, at your own cost.

Summary of our service

All our buses are PSVAR compliant (Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 2000) which means they all have wheelchair access.

Our College bus service offers 15 routes from across the region.

Routes are reviewed on a yearly basis and so if your area isn't currently serviced, please get in touch so we can assess your individual needs.

The College Bus Service operates Monday to Friday and during term times only. There are two journeys per day on each route, one into college on a morning and one on an evening leaving the college (departure times listed above). All buses drop off and pick up from the bus lanes inside the College grounds and the return journeys follow the same routes as the inward journey. Please see our current timetable at the top of this page which includes route numbers, zones and departure times.

Tickets to use the college bus can be bought from the online shop. This is situated under “Shop and Facilities Hire” on the college website or there is a link button further down this page.

You must read the Terms and Conditions of travel before using the College Coach Service.

Buying tickets (to use the College bus service only)

We encourage all students using the college bus service to purchase online mobile bus tickets rather than using single paper tickets from the ticket machine.

If you are eligible for a bursary, you will automatically receive a mobile annual pass to your email account. You will show this to the driver on your phone for the whole academic year.

You can buy your annual, half termly, weekly or single coach pass from the online shop. Annual and half termly passes are offered with a discount. You will need to buy your online pass (except single passes) for the number of days per week you are in College (3 or 4) and the zone and route you are travelling on. Daily single passes are purchased for the zone and route only.

View the attached price list here for the cost to purchase a College bus online pass.

If you do not have a smart phone, it is possible to purchase single tickets from the bus ticket machine outside the Alan Ayckbourn Theatre in the Atrium, however, we do encourage students to use online tickets.

Once you have purchased the online ticket / pass it will be sent to your mobile device, along with a receipt, as an email attachment and you will need to show the pass (not the receipt) to the driver. Your pass will have your photo, student details and validity date.

If you do not receive your email within a few minutes of purchase, please check you spam/junk folder and you should find it in there.

Checks are being carried out by the college to make sure the correct bus passes are being purchased for the correct zone and timetable for each student. Refunds cannot be given for incorrectly bought passes (please make sure you read the Terms and Conditions which you can find on this web page before buying a mobile pass).

Single tickets from the ticket machine in the Atrium - No minimum spend. The machine takes cash / card / contactless and Apple/android pay. You will need to show your college I.D along with a single paper ticket when boarding the coach.

Except for exceptional circumstances, there will be no refunds for online daily single, weekly or half termly passes or single paper tickets.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of travel before buying a ticket for the first time.

Local services (for areas not served by the College buses)

Use the journey planner to find the best way to get to York College

There are a number of local services which stop outside the College or nearby including the Coastliner and CityZap from Leeds.

Please check regularly with your local bus provider via their own website or use the link www.itravelyork.info/buses to ensure that the information you have is up to date.

For More information about Local bus and train services including Student Savers, please go to the “Student savers for local services” drop down tab on this page.

Services which go via York Station / Rougier Street and stop at or near York College

  • 3 First York Park & Ride - Runs every few minutes (Park and Ride, stops at the Park and Ride / Tesco site opposite York College)
  • 12 First York - (Monks Cross via Acomb Bellhouse Way & Woodthorpe) stops at Tesco Askham Bar.
  • 13 Connexions Buses - (from Haxby to Copmanthorpe) Stops outside York college
  • Coastliner services (Leeds to the East Coast) via York Station and stops outside York College.
  • City Zap (York to Leeds fast) via York Station and stops outside York College

Reliance Services from Thirsk, Easingwold and other areas around York.

Please find here information including timetables for Reliance bus Services - for students coming in from Thirsk and Easingwold. Reliance also has services coming from other areas some of which stop outside or near the college

The 30SE (Student Express) brings students from Thirsk and Easingwold areas.

The bus stop for services 30SE and 19M is Moor Lane bus stop which is opposite the Tesco Petrol Station.

As College finishes early on a Tuesday, if you want to go home earlier than the 30SE 4.40pm departure time, you can get the Park and Ride (3) from Askham Bar, Moor Lane Car Park at 2.53pm to Rougier Street then walk to Exhibition Square and get the Reliance (30) to Easingwold and Thirsk which departs at 3.30pm.

Student savers for local services

There are lots of different student savers available depending on where you live and how you will travel to College – make sure you investigate all of your options to ensure that you are getting the best deal and saving the most money!

Smart card – You can buy a Smart card for a small cost and load it up at a smart card machine and then scan it on any York bus including First and Coastliner/Transdev.

First - See the First website for a range of discounted travel passes.

Arriva - Student Saver ticket range offers great money-saving deals for students. Arriva Student Direct Debit scheme

CityZap - Faster and more frequent services between Leeds and York.

East Yorkshire Motor Service - 20% off all bus journeys with a pre-paid card, for full-time 16-18s only. Buy your card online and top up on the bus.

Harrogate Coach Travel (Connexions) - Travel on a child’s fare with a YOzone, or proof of age under 19.

Plusbus - Aged 16-25 years or a student? You get one-third off our normal day ticket prices, with a 16-25 Railcard.

Reliance – Timetables, including 30SE Student Express from Thirsk/Easingwold (with Northallerton link) and 19M from Manor Academy. See also passes / reduced ticket types specifically for Students.

Transdev/Coastliner - Travel to/from Leeds, Tadcaster, York, Malton, Pickering, Whitby and Scarborough calling at York College. Transdev run a number of high-quality services in and around York, including Coastliner services to the east coast and Cityzap to Leeds. On this site you can get live timetable data and buy tickets online.

West Yorkshire Metro - A 16-18 PhotoCard is for West Yorkshire residents age 16 to 18. It is valid from your 16th birthday until the day before your 19th birthday. It gives you half-fare travel anywhere in West Yorkshire at any time of day, including evenings and weekends (except late night services and special event services). With a 16-18 PhotoCard you can travel on all Transdev Keighley & District, Harrogate & District and Coastliner services into and within North Yorkshire. On these services you will receive a third off the fare for your journey in North Yorkshire.

YOzone - Free YOzone pass gives reduced price travel within York, full-time 16-18s only.

16-25 Railcard - 1/3 off most fares, the Railcard costs just £30, minimum fares apply to travel before 10am.

16-17 Saver Railcard - 50% off rail travel for 16 and 17 year olds

Terms and Conditions of Travel

You must read and agree to the terms and conditions in order to travel on any of the College Coaches from September 2020 onwards.

The student code of conduct applies and inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with under college disciplinary procedures; any students with concerns are encouraged to report details to their tutor or contact Student Service (please see contact info under Reporting a problem below).

Reporting a problem / Contact details

If you would like to contact us regarding transport or if you would like to report a problem on the college bus service, please contact our Transport Co-Ordinator, Joanne Harrison, in the Student Services team on 01904 770130 or 07483006810 from 07:30hrs to 14:30hrs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 07:30hrs to 16:00hrs Thursday and 07.30hrs - 09.30hrs Friday. Or send an email to Transport@yorkcollege.ac.uk.

Walking and cycling to College

We would encourage students where possible to walk or cycle to College.

Students attending from September 2020 are encouraged to consider use of the cycle path network.

A - Z of all College bus routes and local services

We have produced a handy A-Z of all York College Bus routes and local services which stop at or near to the college.

Information is provided in good faith but please check journey times and routes with the service provider to make sure they are correct, prior to travel.

FAQs

How do I buy a ticket to use the College bus?

How do I buy a ticket to use the College bus?

You can purchase a mobile, online ticket from the College online shop. This will be sent to your phone as an email and you show this to the driver on your phone. You will need your college email address and password to login to the online shop. This will be given to you after you enrol.

If you don’t have a smart phone, you can also get a paper ticket from the ticket machine in the College Atrium.

What are the departure times of the College buses?

What are the departure times of the College buses?

York College provides information on journey times in good faith, however, in the event of a breakdown, traffic congestion or any other incidents beyond the reasonable control of the college or coach companies operating the routes, departure times may be affected and journeys may take longer than predicted; in these circumstances the college will not be liable for any delays.

Departure times Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri:

Routes 1/2/3/4 departs 4.40pm
Routes 5/6/7/8 departs 4.45pm
Routes 9/10/11/12 departs 4.50pm
Routes 13/14/15 departs 4.55pm

Departure times Tuesday only:

Route 1/2/3/4 3.00pm
Route 5/6/7/8 3.05pm
Route 9/10/11/12 3.10pm
Route 13/14/15 3.15pm

What is the college coach timetable for 2021/22?

What is the college coach timetable for 2021/22?


Coming soon.

Is there a service from Thirsk/Easingwold to college?

Is there a service from Thirsk/Easingwold to college?

Visit the Reliance website to find out more about bus services from the Thirsk/Easingwold area.

Is there a service from Leeds to college?

Is there a service from Leeds to college?

Coastliner and CityZap both go from Leeds and stop outside the College.

Are there any bus services from York Station to college?

Are there any bus services from York Station to college?
  • 3 First York Park & Ride - Runs every few minutes (Park and Ride, stops at the Park and Ride / Tesco site opposite York College)
  • 12 First York - (Monks Cross via Acomb Bellhouse Way & Woodthorpe) stops at Tesco Askham Bar.
  • 13 Connexions Buses - (Haxby to Copmanthorpe) Stops outside York college
  • Coastliner services (Leeds to the East Coast) via York Station and stops outside York College.
  • City Zap (York to Leeds fast) via York Station and stops outside York College
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