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Coronavirus information and latest information re transport:


Due to Covid19 we have made the following changes to the college bus service which will take effect from September 2020.

We will continue to offer 15 bus routes from the surrounding areas. Please click here for the latest timetable. 

Route 3 from Scarborough, times have been brought forwards by 10minutes to allow for a more prompt arrival at college.

There is no need to book a place on the college bus. College will not be at full capacity from September and so there should be enough space on the bus for everybody.

Ticket prices will stay the same as previous years. We will be offering online mobile daily tickets and online mobile weekly tickets only. We will not be offering annual and monthly passes unless you are eligible for a bursary in which case you will receive an annual pass. Please see more information regarding how to purchase a ticket and ticket pricing under "Buying tickets" further down this page.

You can purchase your online mobile weekly or daily bus pass from the online shop prior to using the bus for the first time. This is situated at the top of the home page of the college website. You cannot do this until you receive your college email address and password after you enrol.

Face coverings must be worn on all college bus routes. 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 one, please do so through Learning Support at York College or by contacting Student services by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will then send you an exemption pass by email and you can show that to the driver when boarding the bus along with your I.D. If you don’t have a mobile phone the exemption pass can be printed and a hard copy can be shown to the driver. Unless you have a college exemption pass, you must wear a face covering on the college bus.

Please space out as much as possible where you can when using the college bus.

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 if it is provided.

If you have any symptoms of Covid19 please do not come to college and do not use the college bus service. The main symptoms of Covid19 are:

A new and continuous cough

A high temperature

Loss or change of smell or taste

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

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.

More information on cycling and walking, including maps and guides: https://www.itravelyork.info/Active

Travel page – York Education: https://www.yorkeducation.co.uk/plusv2/6fd5a768-99a3-409f-9478-f98b7efac7be


Closure of Terry Avenue from October 2020 - alternative options available

Staff, students and visitors to York College please be aware that Terry Avenue will be closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians from around October 2020 during the construction phase of flood alleviation works in Clementhorpe. The following information has been provided by City of York Council:

  • Cycle lanes along Tadcaster Road have recently been made wider so that should make this route safer and more attractive to cyclists.
  • When Terry Avenue is closed whilst flood defence works are carried out  the Environment Agency will be required to put up signs nearby showing alternative routes.  The exact diversion routes have not yet been decided. A map showing potential diversion routes can be seen here https://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/onlineapplications/files/4235859B4820A1E1D236BE0796C0B898/pdf/19_00570_FUL-DIVERSION_ROUTES-2236291.pdf
  • One of the options would be to divert via South Bank and follow the signed route via Trafalgar Street / Campleshon Road / Racecourse Road or South Bank Avenue / Butcher Terrace and then along the normal route again.
  • Anyone coming in to work or study from the Fulford/Fishergate area would not be affected.

Summary of our service

All our buses are now 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. Please find below departure times from college for each route number. 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 timetables, further down this page, which include route numbers, zones and departure times.

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

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

Underground map college bus routes 2020 2021

For information about parking at the College and directions please click on the Maps and Directions Link of this website

Departure Times from September 2020 from the bus lane at the front of the college.

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.

Route 1/2/3/4 departs at 4.40pm

Route 5/6/7/8 departs at 4.45pm

Route 9/10/11/12 departs 4.50pm

Route 13/14/15 departs 4.55pm

Please go to the Reliance website  for the timings of the routes which service the Thirsk and Easingwold areas as well as other areas in and around York.

For information about other local services in and around York, plesae see below under the heading "Local Services".



Timetable from September 2020

Please see below (under the heading; local services) timetables for Reliance who service the Thirsk and Easingwold areas as well as other areas in around York.

Changes for Reliance buses 19M and 30SE - the bus stop has changed please see below under Local Services for more info.

Changes to the college bus service for 2020/21:

Route 2 from Kirkbymoorside - Bus stop opposite Middlecroft Drive Strensall has been added to the timetable

Route 3 from Scarborough, times have been brought forward 10 mins to enable a more prompt arrival at college

Click here to view the 2020/21 College bus timetable from September 2020.  

Please note: departure times are approximate so please arrive at the pick-up point at least 5 to 10 minutes before the advertised time as travel conditions can vary.


Local Services

There are a number of local services which stop outside the college or nearby. Please access the following links to find information about transport for routes not currently served by the college coach service. You can also find information about services which depart from York train station and stop outside the college.

Please find here information about local bus services which also stop at or near York College. 

Please find here information about Reliance Services -  for students coming in from Thirsk and Easingwold. Reliance also have services coming from other areas some of which stop outside the college.

Changes to the Reliance Service from September 2020

The bus stop has moved for services 30SE and 19M. The bus stop is no longer outside the college, it is Moor Lane bus stop which is opposite the Tesco Petrol Station, This is to help with social distancing.

Service 29 , 30 & 40 are unaffected and for social distancing reasons wReliance have put another bus on so service 30 & 40 no longer have to share the same bus.

Due to York College going back before the Schools, the PM bus will be a double decker and will pick up all students for service 29,30 and 40 between 2nd September until the 7th September only. Students will then change in York centre. Service 19M and 30SE will be as normal.


Buying Tickets

Due to Covid19, we encourage all students using the college bus service from September 2020 to purchase mobile bus tickets rather than using single paper tickets. This is to minimise physical contact.

From September 2020 you can either purchase single mobile coach passes or weekly mobile passes from the online shop OR purchase a single paper ticket from the ticket machine in the Atrium. 

If you are eligible for a bursary you will automatically receive a mobile annual pass.

You can buy your weekly or daily mobile coach pass from the online shop which is situated at the top of the homepage of the College website. You will need your student email address and password to log in (this will be given to you after you enrol). 

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, due to Covid 19 may we ask that the use of the ticket machine is kept to a minimum to mimimise contact?

Daily Coach passes are priced according to the zone you are travelling to, inner, mid or outer  (to find the zone you are travelling to please refer to the bus timetable here) . These are singles and you will need to buy one for each journey to college and from college. Once you have purchased the 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. 

Weekly passes are priced at 3 days per week regardless of the number of days you are in college in that week e.g. if you are in 4 days then you will only pay for 3 days. If you are in 2 days or less then daily tickets is a better option. They are also priced according to the zone you are travelling to, Inner, mid or outer. (To find the zone you are travelling to please refer to the bus timetable here). Again, once you have purchased the pass it will be sent to your mobile device along with a receipt as an email attachement and you show the pass (not the receipt) to the driver. Please ensure you don't delete this as you will need to use it every time you are in college until it expires at the end of the week.

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 ticket when boarding the coach. due to Covid19, please use contactless if you can to minimise contact.

Single ticket / single pass prices:

Inner Zone £2.10 per single ticket

Mid Zone £3.20 per single ticket

Outer Zone £4.20 per single ticket

Weekly ticket prices:

Inner Zone £12.60 per week

Mid Zone £19.20 per week

Outer Zone £25.20 per week

Weekly prices include to and from college, 3 times per week (charged at this rate no matter how many times per week you attend college) You will need to work out which option is best for you, singles or weekly passes.

There will be no refunds issued for single paper tickets, online daily tickets or weekly tickets. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of travel before buying a ticket .

A - Z of all college bus routes including zone/ prices / times / bus company

We have produced a handy A-Z of all York College Bus routes including local service and college bus routes to make it easier for you to find out if we serve your area. Find out which route is best for you, times, which bus company will serve your route or what zone you are in.

Travel and Transport Twitter Account @yctravelupdates

To stay up-to-date with Travel & Transport news for York College, any delays and updates to our services, it is important to follow our Travel Updates Twitter page @yctravelupdates. You can also use our Twitter page to report any problems with your coach journey into college 

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

If you would like to contact us or if you would like to report a problem, please contact our Transport Co-Ordinator in the Student Services team on 01904 770130 from 07:30hrs to 14:30hrs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 07.30hrs - 09.30hrs Wednesday. Or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or you can send us a Tweet @yctravelupdates. You can also fill in a College Coach Incident Report which are available in the Infozone and Helpzone of York College. There is a post box on the wall in the InfoZone where these can be posted anonymously. Please always quote your route number, date and time of the incident and as much information as possible when reporting a problem on the college coaches.





































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