The UK has a well-established travel network across and within all major cities including buses, trams, trains and internal flights. You can use the Travel Line website to plan a journey and find out how much it will cost. This is a good resource when you are considering accommodation options, and how much travel costs might add to your day to day spending if you choose to live further away from your campus.
Remember that many areas have dedicated cycle paths and pedestrian walkways so you may be able to keep travel costs to a minimum by walking or cycling.
You will also find numerous taxi companies and car-transport apps to arrange a short car ride if needed. It’s important when taking a taxi to make sure that the driver is licensed to drive and take passengers. This is for your safety and to make sure that you pay a fair price. The average cost of a UK taxi journey of around 3 miles is £7 - £16, while a journey of 5 miles might cost around £10 - £20. The average price will be higher in London and will tend to be higher at night in all areas.
There’s a short guide for students taking a taxi or booking a private car here.
Travelling on public transport is much cheaper than by car. Bus and train companies in Scotland offer discounted tickets for repeated journeys so you can buy a weekly or monthly ticket to cover all your journeys at a lower price than paying for trips individually. Tickets are often further discounted for students, so look out for ‘18+ Student’ and not just ‘Adult’ prices.
Ultimately, your travel costs will depend on how far you need to travel, what transport you use and how frequently. Some courses will only require you to be on campus once or twice a week, while others will involve daily trips to and from the University. This can also vary throughout the academic year, so you can change your transport plans to suit your schedule.
The main bus companies for Scottish campuses are Stagecoach, McGill’s and First Bus.
A single one-way local bus journey is likely to cost between £1.80 - £2.50. For unlimited travel on buses for a single day, you can buy an all-day ticket for around £5.
If you know you will need to travel more frequently each week, then you can buy a weekly ticket for between £7 - £20.
Tickets for longer periods are also available, starting from around £60 for four weeks.
There are also numerous train travel providers across Scotland and you can check different train journeys and prices here.
A local train journey is likely to cost from £1.70. Weekly tickets range in price from around £25 - £50 depending on distance travelled.
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Bus and train transport in London works on a centralized system, with the City of London divided into several travel Zones. You can buy tickets in advance, use a pre-pay card called an ‘Oyster Card’, or download an app to use your smart phone or smart watch as a contactless payment device. To find our more and plan a journey, visit the Transport for London website.
For bus travel the current daily price cap is £4.95, meaning that no matter how many journeys you take in a day within the applicable Zones, you will pay no more than a total of £4.95. The current weekly cap is £23.30.
The London underground and overground train network charges from £1.60 per one-way journey, capped at £9/day for students using contactless/Oyster Card.