College bus travel

1 year ago Tue 10th Aug 2021

Student bus travel from just £1.15* per day

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Starting college this September?  We have a comprehensive network to keep you connected, and timetables that match yours.

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in Wales, so please make sure you wear yours for the duration of your journey, unless you’re exempt.  Find out more about face coverings here.

Discounted travel for 16 – 21 year olds

Between 16 – 21 years old?  Apply for a free My Travel Pass to save money on your bus travel.  My Travel Pass is a Welsh Government funded scheme which entitles the holder to young persons prices – saving approx 30% on our adult bus fares.  Visit to find out more and to apply.

Carry your My Travel Pass with you when travelling and buying tickets, including those bought on the Cardiff Bus app.

Our Buses

Catching a bus with us is easier than you think

  • Download our app to plan your journey and buy tickets
  • Use our app to find your nearest stop and live departures
  • At the bus stop, raise your arm to let the driver know you’d like to board
  • Have your face mask/covering on ready to board the bus, unless you’re exempt
  • Show the ticket on your app or use contactless payment to get your ticket when you board.  We also accept cash but it must be exact change. Remember to show your My Travel Pass when boarding if you’ve purchased a young person ticket.
  • Sit back, enjoy the journey and stay connected with our free onboard Wi-Fi
  • Don’t forget to say ‘Cheers Drive’ when you get off!

Our Routes

Cardiff and Vale College

Use our Journey Planner to find your best route to college, or view the recommendations below. Click here to view our handy guide on how to activate and use your Student Pass on our app. Please check with staff at your college on how to obtain a student pass.

City Centre Campus - Dumballs Road – frequent buses to the city centre
Services 1 and 2 stop near the main college building on Dumballs Road, or alternatively, most of our services start and end in the city centre which is just a short walk away.

Cardiff International Sports Campus – Leckwith Road – buses up to every 15 minutes
Service 95 stops on Leckwith Road, near the International Sports Campus.  Services 1 and 2 also stop nearby on Sloper Road.

Barry Campus – buses up to every 13 minutes
Services 96, 96A, 97, 97A and 98 all stop on Colcot Road outside the college.

Eastern Community Campus – buses up to every 15 minutes
Services 44, 65 & 65A stop on Aberdaron Road near the college campus.  Alternatively, service 45 also stop a short walk away on Greenway Road.  If you’re travelling to this site from Rumney, Trowbridge or St Mellons, don’t forget you could purchase a short hop ticket for just 80p one-way for young persons.

Cardiff West Community Campus – buses up to every 5 minutes
Services 15, 17 and 18 stop near this college campus.  If you’re travelling to this campus from Ely or Drope, don’t forget you can purchase a young person short hop ticket for 80p one-way.

St David’s College – buses up to every 6-7 minutes

Service 52 stops on Ty-Gwyn Road near the college, or alternatively, services 51, 53, 57 and 58 all stop nearby on Pen-y-lan Road.
Use our Journey Planner to find your best route

Cardiff Sixth Form College & Cardiff Academy – frequent buses to the city centre

As these colleges are in the city centre, most of our buses stop nearby.  The nearest bus stops include Newport Road and West Grove.  Bus stops on Newport Road are served by buses to the east of Cardiff such as St Mellons, Rumney and Llanrumney and also services 8 and 9 which run between the Heath Hospital and Cardiff Bay or the Sports Village via the city centre.  Buses serving stops at West Grove travel between the city centre and the north-east of the city such as Pontprennau, Cyncoed and Llanishen.  Other bus stops in the city centre are just a short walk away.
Use our Journey Planner to find your best route

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Whether you travel every day or once in a while, we’ve got just the ticket for you.

We have 2 fare zones, Cardiff (including Penarth & Llandough) and Barry. Your bus ticket will be valid in these areas only unless you purchase a ‘plus’ ticket which allows travel across our entire network.

You can buy day, week or 4 week passes on our iOS and Android app.  If you qualify for young person fares, you can purchase 12 single tickets to use within Cardiff* for £11 with a Freedom Ticket.  Alternatively purchase 10 adult single journey tickets for £16 or the easy-threesy which offers a discount on 3 day tickets when they are bought together. 

Single, day and week tickets can be bought on the bus, however you will need an iff card to purchase a week to go. 

Tickets for longer durations, such as our 4 week to go ticket or annual passes can be purchase at our head office on Sloper Road depot, at PayPoint outlets, however, you will need an iff card for these tickets. To learn more about an iff card please click here. 

View our fares here.

* Cardiff City Area (i.e. the area covered by the City and County of Cardiff) is defined as the area bounded by Ffordd Berllan, Thornhill Crematorium and Heol Hir/Capel Gwilyn Road in the North; St. Brides Road (A4232 crossing), St. Fagans turning point, Drope (The Terrace), Rhur Cross, Leckwith Bridge, Penarth Road/Brindley Road and Cogan Spur in the West and St. Mellons County Club in the East.

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Explore our beautiful city!

We run buses all around Cardiff and also to Penarth, Barry and Newport, so there are plenty of places to explore by bus.  Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stroll around Roath Park Lake, or heading into the city centre for a day of shopping, we can get you there. 

Use our Journey Planner to plan the best route at the time you want to travel. 

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*based on a young persons annual ticket