Transport

Canterbury Bus Services (Stagecoach)

The University works with Stagecoach bus company to provide discounted bus travel and make bus travel easier, in line with the University's Travel Plans. The discounted tickets are available for students and staff at Canterbury and Medway campuses.

Prices and how to purchase discounted bus tickets

Student discounted tickets

The best value ticket for students is the Unirider ticket which allows unlimited travel across Kent and East Sussex. The Unirider ticket is valid for the academic year and the discount is exclusive to University of Kent students.

Purchase the Unirider discounted ticket online (takes you to Stagecoach website) or from the Stagecoach bus parked on campus near the Registry building. Remember to purchase up to and including 1 October 2018 for the earlybird discount!

Ticket Journey Student price Public price
Canterbury dayrider Unlimited travel for one day within Canterbury megarider zone

£3.10

 

(£2.90 on the app)

£4.20
Canterbury megarider week Unlimited travel for 7 consecutive days from the date of purchase within the  Canterbury megarider zone

£10.90

 

(£10
on the app)

£14.50
South East dayrider Unlimited travel for one day within the South East network £7 £7
South East megarider week Unlimited travel for 7 consecutive days from the date of purchase within the  South East network £23.50 £23.50
Student Unirider

Academic year (15/09/18-16/06/19)

Purchased up to 01/10/18

Unlimited travel within the South East network

 

£180 £801*
Academic year (15/09/18-16/06/19)- purchased after 01/10/18

Unlimited travel within the South East network

£255 £801*

Term 2 and 3- (13/01/19 - 16/06/19)

Unlimited travel within the South East network

£180 £495*

Term 2 and 3- (13/01/19 - 16/06/19)

Unlimited travel within the South East network

£180 £495*

*public price tickets are calculated using the best value combination of tickets for that period of time.

Day and week tickets can be purchased on the bus with cash, card (contactless) or through the Stagecoach mobile app. Remember you will be required to show your KentOne card or Kent Union staff card to purchase tickets at the discounted rates or to use your discounted bus pass. If you have lost your card, click here to find out how to obtain a new one.

Staff discounted tickets

Staff can purchase a South East Megarider ticket for unlimited across Kent and East Sussex. The best value ticket is the South East Megarider 52 week ticket. Staff can also purchase a Canterbury Megarider ticket to travel around the Canterbury Megarider zone. See the staff bus pass leaflet to find out other ticket options, where to purchase and how much you could save. If paying by salary deductions you will be asked to sign a salary advance agreement.

Ticket Journey Staff price Public price
Canterbury dayrider Unlimited travel for one day within Canterbury megarider zone

£3.10

 

(£2.90 on the app)

£4.20
Canterbury megarider week Unlimited travel for 7 consecutive days from the date of purchase within the  Canterbury megarider zone

£10.90

 

(£10
on the app)

£14.50
South East dayrider Unlimited travel for one day within the South East network £7 £7
South East megarider week Unlimited travel for 7 consecutive days from the date of purchase within the  South East network £23.50 £23.50
Canterbury megarider- 13 weeks Unlimited travel within the Canterbury megarider zone for 13 weeks £116 £173*
Canterbury megarider- 36 weeks Unlimited travel within the Canterbury megarider zone for 36 weeks £318 £477*
Canterbury megarider- 52 weeks Unlimited travel within the Canterbury megarider zone for 52 weeks £435 £689*
South East megarider- 13 weeks Unlimited travel within the South East network for 13 weeks £163 £290.50*
South East megarider- 36 weeks Unlimited travel within the South East network for 36 weeks £418 £801*
South East megarider- 52 weeks Unlimited travel within the South East network for 52 weeks £530 £1157*

*standard price for 13, 36 and 52 week tickets are calculated using the best value combination of tickets for that period of time.

Day and week tickets can be purchased on the bus with cash, card (contactless) or through the Stagecoach mobile app. Remember you will be required to show your KentOne card or Kent Union staff card to purchase tickets at the discounted rates or to use your discounted bus pass. If you have lost your card, click here to find out how to obtain a new one.

Staff 13, 36 and 52 week tickets are purchased through the Transport Team in the Security and Transport Centre.


Bus routes that go through the campus
(timetables and maps)

Uni1- City Centre

Take the Uni1 for easy access between the university and the City Centre, where you can go shopping and visit the Cathedral. This route also passes both Canterbury East and West stations. The Uni1 stops at Keynes and Parkwood or Darwin on campus.

The Uni1 is powered by biofuel which is made from used cooking oil and waste lard. Using waste products as a fuel helps reduce our carbon footprint as we can lower our fossil fuel usage.

This service also has free Wi-Fi on board!

Uni1 timetable and map

Uni2- Hales Place- City Centre

Jump on this bus to get to the University from Hales Place, or continue to Canterbury West station and the City Centre. The bus route passes both train stations in the direction from the City Centre to the university.

The Uni2 bus stops on campus at Keynes, Parkwood and Darwin bus stops. 

The Uni2 is a 24 hour service (excluding Sundays, bank holidays, Christmas and Summer vacation). Take this bus to get home after a night out in Canterbury.

Uni2 timetable and map

Triangle service- Whitstable and Herne Bay

The previous Triangle service has split into two services, the new Triangle service and routes 4 and 6 (see separate timetables below).

Ride the new Triangle to get to Whitstable or Herne Bay. The new Triangle buses also have free Wi-Fi and USB charging points!

New Triangle timetable and map

26a - Grocery Bus

Take this bus from Hales Place for easy access to Asda and Sainsbury’s to do your food shopping on a Saturday morning.

Other large shops in the area include Lidl, Argos and Carphone Warehouse. Shops in the Vauxhall Road area include Currys/PC World, Matalan, Halfords and TK Maxx. 

The service runs during term-time only and every Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

26a timetable and map

4 and 6 - Sturry/Whitstable/Herne Bay

New route 4 (Canterbury - University - Whitstable - Herne Bay - Sturry - Canterbury
New route 6 (Canterbury - Sturry - Herne Bay - Whitstable - University - Canterbury)

The new route 4 (previously 36) runs from Canterbury to Tankerton via University of Kent (Keynes bus stop), Estuary View, Whitstable High Street and Whitstable Station every 30 minutes during the daytime Mondays to Saturdays. Buses continue beyond Tankerton towards Green Hill and Herne Bay but the bus number changes to route 6, passengers can stay on the bus.

The new route 6 runs from Canterbury to Tankerton via Broomfield, Herne Bay and Greenhill every 30 minutes during the daytime Mondays to Saturdays. Buses continue beyond Tankerton towards Whitstable and Estuary View Medical Centre but the bus number changes to route 4, passengers can stay on the bus.

Route 4 timetable and map

Route 6 timetable and map

 

Buses that go near the campus
(timetables and maps)

3 - Faversham/Sittingbourne

Take the route 3 bus from Canterbury bus station to explore Faversham. Some services will also run to Sittingbourne.

Route 3 timetable and map

5 - Seasalter/ Whitstable/ South Tankerton/ Chestfield

Take the 5 and get off at Alcroft Grange bus stop for the closest stop to campus.

Route 5 timetable

 

Other useful information

Key bus stops

Why travel on the bus?

  • The University works with and subsidises Stagecoach and Arriva to provide excellent student and staff bus deals.
  • Buses can help overcome congestion and reduce carbon emissions, which is in line with the University's Travel Plans
  • Stagecoach Unibuses run on 100% biofuel which reduces carbon emissions
  • The Stagecoach Uni2 bus runs through the night
  • Stagecoach Unibuses and Triangle buses all have free Wi-Fi on board!

Features of the Stagecoach bus app

  • Check live bus times and follow your journey so you know when to get off
  • Mobile ticketing including day and weekly University of Kent discounted tickets. Load and pay for your tickets and then activate them when needed on the bus
  • Save money on University of Kent dayrider and week megarider tickets when you purchase through the app!
  • A "what's nearby" feature to see which buses or bus stops are nearby
  • Save your favourite bus stops, buses and journeys to make your journey planning easier
  • Journey planner and timetables
  • Available for iPhone and Android

See the Stagecoach bus app webpage for more information.

 


Services provided by

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Unirider- save up to 77% off the public price

 

unibus

 

Staff South East Megarider- save up to 54% off the public price


Remember to show your Kent One or Kent Union card to receive the discounted rates

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 12/03/2019