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Sustainable and Active Travel

The University Travel Plan

The university works closely with local transport providers to provide travel discounts to UCLan staff and students. Our sustainable travel information provides details of the different ways of travelling to UCLan and discounts associated with public transport, cycling, walking, and car sharing.

You can now check out your personal commuting options to UCLan by entering your journey details into the travel planner below.

For more information please email the Sustainable Travel Coordinator


Car Sharing

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Car sharing is where two or more people travel together on their journey to and from work/study. Sharers benefit from the convenience of travelling by car whilst saving money and alleviating the negative effects of car travel on both global and local environments. Car sharers also benefit from a 50% discount on a University car parking permit.

UCLan have teamed up with Liftshare to supply private car share groups for students and staff.


16-25 Railcard

A young persons Railcard, offering 1/3 off travel, is available to students (aged 16-25) and mature students in full-time education (over 15 hours per week). Railcards cost £30 per year. Please note: a minimum fare of £12 applies before 10am Monday-Friday (no minimum fare during July & August). You need to apply online for a 16-25 Railcard.

26-30 Railcard

If you are aged 26-30 the National Rail 26-30 Railcard will save you 1/3 on leisure journeys across Britain for just £30 a year. It is the first digital-only Railcard and it's available to buy inline and downloaded to the Railcard app on a smartphone. More information about minimum fares and where and when you can use your Railcard can be found here.

Rail Season Tickets

If you commute to UCLan by train it may be worth purchasing a rail season ticket. Season tickets can be used between any two stations and can be purchased for a month or more. Use the handy calculator to work out the cost of a season ticket for your commute.


Stagecoach Bus

The Stagecoach Preston Unirider is a bus ticket available to UCLan students and staff. It offers unlimited bus travel on Stagecoach services in Lancashire (in 3 different zones) and it doesn't cost you the earth! 

Stagecoach Preston Unirider 2020 /2021

Preston Citi Zone Preston Central Lancs Zone Preston Gold Zone 
Ticket term 2
(18 Jan – 21 May) £90
Ticket term 2
(18 Jan – 21 May) £142
Ticket term 2
(18 Jan – 21 May) £240
Ticket term 2 & 3
(18 Jan - 12 Sept) £160
Ticket term 2 & 3
(18 Jan - 12 Sept) £255
Ticket term 2 & 3
(18 Jan - 12 Sept) £455
Annual Ticket
(14 Sept 20 – 12 Sept 21) £215
Annual Ticket
(14 Sept 20 – 12 Sept 21) £355
Annual Ticket 
(14 Sept 20 – 12 Sept 21) £615

Please note: a UCLan photo ID card will need to be shown to the driver along with the Unirider Pass

Preston Bus

Unlimited travel is available with the Preston Student ticket.

Preston Bus UCLan Student Ticket 2020/2021 

Term 1
1 Sept – 31 Dec
Term 2
1 Jan – 30 April
Term 3
1 May – 31 August
£90.00 £90.00 £90.00

Preston Bus Student Tickets are not available to purchase online. These can be purchased from Preston Bus Travel Office, Preston Bus Station.


Park & Ride

Preston Bus operates Walton-Le-Dale Park & Ride (Service 1) and Portway Park & Ride (Service 2)

Walton Le Dale Park & Ride car park is situated next to the Capitol Centre & Vue Cinema just off the A6 Bamber Bridge Bypass which leads directly to M65. It offers convenient links from the M6 (South) at J29 and M61 (Manchester) at J9. Access is easy from Leyland and Lostock Hall areas too. This service stops at Preston Bus Station, only a 10 minute walk from the centre of campus.

Portway Park & Ride car parks are situated near to the Riversway Docklands area and convenient for the A59 and A582 trunk roads from South Ribble.

For more information about Park & Ride services including opening times, route details and fares see individual route listings.

Compare your Train and Bus Travel Options

Use this link to find the quickest and cheapest options for your journey:

Walking / Walking Campus

UCLan has developed a ‘Walking Campus’ initiative of guided walks led by trained volunteer walk leaders. The project aims to encourage people to take every opportunity to build exercise into their daily lives.

We have a bank of trained walk leaders, both staff and students and the University has worked with Preston City Council to develop five measured mile walks.

UCLan Walking Routes

Four walks of different lengths from starting at points across the Preston City campus have recently been developed.

Individual route maps, directions and points of interest are available to download and print below (please print double-sided).

Lancaster Canal Walk (1.5 miles/20-25 mins) starts at the Praying Hands on Fylde Road, takes you past St. Walburge’s Church and to the start of Lancaster Canal.

Moor Park Walk (2.5 miles /35-40 mins) starts outside Greenbank building, with more than half the walk in Moor Park.

Riversway Docklands Walk (2 miles/30 mins) starts outside Darwin Building on Marsh Lane, the walk has some green spaces but is mainly urban leading you to a beautiful view of the docks and further options for exploring.

Winckley Square Walk (1 mile/15 mins) starts outside Livesey House on Heatley Street, the walk takes you  into the city centre and to the green space of Winckley Square.

UCLan Energy Trail - Find out what the University is doing to reduce its own carbon footprint by walking the 1.5 mile Energy Trail.