University student travel

11 months ago Mon 6th Sep 2021

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Whether you’re starting university or returning for another year, 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 customers under 21 years old

Under 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.

Find out more about our fares below.

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, live departures and track your bus
  • 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
  • Scan your mobile tickets on the machine 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!

Cardiff MET

Our MetRider M1 service runs between Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses via North Road, Crwys Road, Albany Road, Penylan Road and Cyncoed Road.  
Find out more about our M1 service, including the times, here.

Alternative routes

Cyncoed Campus
Our 52 service stops inside the campus grounds, so you won’t have far to walk.  

Llandaff Campus
Services 1, 2 and 15 stop outside the campus on Western Avenue, and services 24, 25, 62 & 63 stop nearby on Cardiff Road. 

Use our Journey Planner to find your best route to university and around Cardiff.

Cardiff University

Most of Cardiff University’s buildings are based in the city centre and are easy to reach by bus.  We run services all over Cardiff and the majority run to or through the city centre. 
Use our Journey Planner to find your best route

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

With its close proximity to the city centre, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is on many bus routes.  Services 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 all stop outside the college, but most other routes are just a short walk away.
Use our Journey Planner to find your best route

USW Cardiff campus

We run services all over Cardiff and the majority run to or through the city centre.  The nearest bus stops to the Cardiff campus are on Churchill Way, Bute Terrace and Customhouse Street.  
Use our Journey Planner to find your best route

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Our app

The Cardiff Bus app is jam-packed full of features from journey planning, bus tracking, live times and tickets to name a few!  Download the app for bus information at your fingertips.  

Find out more about our app here.


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.

View our fares here.

Purchasing tickets

Cardiff Bus app
Some tickets are cheaper when purchased on our app.  You can buy day, week or 4 week passes and activate them when you're ready to travel.  We also offer bundles of single and day tickets at a discounted fare - If you qualify for young person fares, you can buy 12 single tickets to use within Cardiff* for £11 with a Freedom Ticket.  10 adult single journey tickets can be purchased for £16, or the easy-three which offers a discount on 3 day tickets when they are bought in a bundle. 
Find out more about our app here.

On bus
Single, day and week tickets can be bought on the bus.  You can pay by cash, however, you'll need exact change as we don't carry change.  Single and day tickets can be bought by contactless.  You'll need an iff card to purchase a week to go and unfortunately this cannot be bought via contactless on the bus. 

At our Head Office on Sloper Road
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.

All our tickets are available to purchase at PayPoint outlet, however, you'll need an iff card to purchase week, 4 week or annual tickets.

* 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 Gwilym 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

Social Students

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Terms of carriage

View our terms of carriage to find out more about carriage of bikes, animals and more.