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Travelling in the United Kingdom

Stoke is in a fantastic central location for you to explore the UK. Linked by a main line train line, you’ll have easy access to major cities, or you can reach many more places by coach travel. It’s easy and cheap to get around Stoke and Staffordshire by hopping on and off the local bus services. 

Local bus services 

If you want to go into Hanley or Newcastle from the campus, you can get a bus - especially if the weather is bad! You can get on a bus at a bus stop – where there’s a ‘bus stop’ sign or bus shelter. The number on the front of a bus relates to a route and usually shows the destination. 

Buses from Stoke campus to Hanley: 25, 21A 

Buses from Stoke campus to Newcastle: 25 

When the bus approaches, raise your arm a little so the bus driver knows that you want the bus to stop. Tell the driver where you want to go and whether you want a single or return journey. Keep hold of your ticket in case an inspector wishes to see it or if it is a return ticket to show the bus driver on the return journey. 

If you expect to be using the bus a lot, you can get weekly and monthly tickets which can work out cheaper than buying tickets for each journey. You can ask for more information at Hanley bus station. 

Find out about ticket prices and more information on bus services in and around the local area. Or you can use this journey planner

Coach 

Coach is another term for bus. However, they are different from the local bus service as they go much further, are more comfortable and you usually buy your ticket before you get on. 

Coaches stop in more places than trains and are often much cheaper. However, journeys will usually take longer. To save money you can get a Young Persons or Student Coachcard which will save you up to a 1/3 on coach journeys for one year. See National Express for more information and cost. They offer “fun fares” which are very cheap seats. The more in advance you book, the more money you will save.  

MegaBus can offer very cheap seats but the trick is to buy a ticket far in advance. You can travel from larger bus stations such as Birmingham or Manchester which have more travel links and are easy to get to from Stoke. 

Train 

Train travel is expensive but there are ways for you to save money. It’s cheaper to travel outside of peak times. Peak times are Monday – Friday 6.30 - 9.30 and 16.00 - 19.00. 

It’s important you buy the correct type of ticket – if you buy your ticket at the train station then the staff will be able to help you. Saver Single/Return, Super Saver Single/Return or Cheap Day Single/Return tickets can only be used outside of peak time and usually on a booked train. Standard Open Single/Return can be used at any time. 

Booking your tickets more than two weeks in advance will usually save you money, especially if you wish to go to London. In some cases, the earlier you book your tickets, the more money you will save. 

You can buy a Young Persons Railcard for £30 which will save you 1/3 on rail fares for one year. This is valid if you are aged 16 – 25 or if you are 26 or over and a full-time student. 

For train timetables, go to the National Rail Enquiries

Taxi 

Taxis are very useful if you are carrying lots of luggage, travelling in a small group or if you need to travel late at night or early in the morning. It can be expensive, so decide if it would be better to use another form of transport. In Stoke you must not hail a taxi in the street – this isn’t safe and you may not be insured. You can phone a taxi company to book a taxi – tell them your name, where you are, where you want to go and how many people there’ll be. It’s recommended that you ask how much a journey is likely to cost before getting into the taxi. It’s common to tip the driver after the journey – usually about 10% of the total cost. 

Here are some numbers for local taxi firms: 

City Cabs: 01782 844444  

Intercity: 01782 266466