University student travel

4 months ago Wed 16th Sep 2020

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 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, 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
  • 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!

Cardiff MET

Unfortunately, our METrider buses aren’t running at the moment, however, we run other buses all over Cardiff to get you from A to B.

Cyncoed Campus
Our 52 service stops inside the campus grounds, so you won’t have far to walk.  We’ll be increasing the frequency on this service from the beginning of October to help you get to and from university.

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

screenshot of the journey planner tool on the website


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 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 online, at our head office on Sloper Road depot, at PayPoint outlets, or at our travel shop at 47 Westgate Street when it re-opens.

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 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.

image of student paying for their fare with a contactless card

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.