Using public transport in a city can become very expensive if you’re not careful but this information will help guide you on what the cheapest options are for getting around, through to the best ways to travel to certain places and even getting back home for the best possible price in the quickest time.
There is also some helpful information listed throughout the guide as to where the major bus routes run for students and where the main bus and rail stations are, that you will generally catch most public transport from.
Student single tickets on Arriva buses cost £1.80 and on the Stagecoach they’re £1.70. Generally during first year you probably won’t worry too much about getting a bus but here are some general routes you may need to know about if you live in halls slightly further afield.
For University of Liverpool students
Carnatic – Arriva bus route 699 will go both ways from the city centre (Elliot Street and Mount Pleasant) to Carnatic, also stopping at the university campus. (Route operates during University of Liverpool term times only).
Greenbank – The same 699 bus route also runs to and from Greenbank. To view the timetable for it, follow this link.
*It is advisable to get a student saver ticket if you are going to be using this bus a lot, it will save you a fortune over the year and you can use it on other routes to get into and from town too! You can buy this bus pass online here.
For LJMU students
*First years living in the city centre and studying at IM Marsh are entitled to £125 towards the cost of travel so make the most of that!
For Liverpool Hope students
Hope Park – Buses which go to Hope Park (either Childwall Valley Road or Woolton Road/Taggart Avenue) include the 14, 78, 79, 79c (from Queens Square bus station), and the 75 (from Liverpool One bus station).
Aigburth Park – From City Centre (Queens Square) the 82, 82A and the X1 travel along Aigburth Road
The Creative Campus – It is possible to walk to and from here but buses that run from the city centre (Queen Square) which go towards the Creative Campus include the 21 and 23 (to Shaw Street), 101 (Langsdale Street), and the 13, 14, 14a, 17 and 18 (Brunswick Road).
*There is also a shuttle bus that runs free between the campuses for Hope students and staff with an ID card.
The main places to get a bus to and from in the city centre are Queen Square, Liverpool One Bus Station and Elliot Street.
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National Express and Megabus
National Express and Megabus both run coach travel to most places in the country and have stations in Liverpool that you can catch them from. Sometimes and pretty often they will be cheaper than the train depending on the distance you want to travel, just be aware they can take a long time!
To the airport
The quickest and easiest way to get to Liverpool John Lennon Airport is on the number 500 from Liverpool One Bus Station, or the 86, 86A and 86D from here too. You can also catch all the 86’s from Elliot Street just outside St John’s Shopping Centre. There are other buses available too and links for times and all the stops on Arriva buses to the airport can be found here.
To save 1/3 on all train journeys you may undertake, it is advisable to get a 16-25 Railcard. To get one of these you can either buy it here or at any staffed station. If you are buying it from the station, you must bring a passport or driving licence and a passport sized picture of yourself to be able to get it.
For University of Liverpool students:
Carnatic – Mossley Hill station is about 7 minutes walk away
Greenbank – Mossley Hill station is about 20 minutes walk away
For LJMU students
IM Marsh – West Allerton Station (15 minute walk) or Aigburth Station (7 minute walk)
*You can catch trains to West Allerton and Mossley Hill from Liverpool Lime Street Station, to get to Aigburth Station you will need to catch the train from Moorfields.
Booking trains as far in advance as you can with your Railcard is the best way to save money, booking on to a specific train can also help but you are limited to only riding on the train times shown on your ticket. One final way to save money on train travel especially when getting home is using the website TrainSplit.com, essentially this splits up all your journeys in to single tickets and can save you a fortune on rail travel.
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Some sound advice for you to follow for the cheapest taxi rides in the city.
There are quite literally thousands of Delta and Alpha taxis readily available to order and by using either of these two companies you can’t really go wrong for price. They have a set list for how many miles travelled to how much it should cost. Of course, this service is not just available to students and because its cheap it can get very busy, so if you are in a rush you can either book ahead but for general travel, download the app to order.
A little secret is that by ordering on the app you put yourself half way up the queue so you should get a taxi quicker by doing this!
They’ll also send you a free text when they’re about to arrive to pick you up.
Delta. Click here to download their free app. Delta number: 0151 922 7373
Alpha. Click here to download their free app. Alpha number: 0151 722 8888
There are of course an abundance of hackney cabs here which you can flag down at any time of day or night, if they have their orange light on- they’re obliged to take you. However, this will be your most expensive way of taxi travel.
You probably don’t want to get a taxi back to your parents’ home, it could be pretty expensive!
Order a taxi on the above mentioned if there are three or four of you to split the cost, better yet try and get a 7 seater to improve the cost share even further.
If you are on your own for single travel, buses will be your best option and a bus pass will save you a fortune if you are using it a lot in the year.
The cheapest option for getting home will probably be on the coaches but for the quickest trip use the trains and book them with your Railcard and TrainSplit.com to get the maximum amount of discount.