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Bus apps and mobile ticketing

Did you know that Stagecoach and Arriva have bus apps with live bus updates and mobile ticketing?  Stagecoach buses operate in Kent and East Sussex (including Canterbury campus) and Arriva buses operate in Medway, Kent and East Sussex (including Medway campus).

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
  • 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.


Features of the Arriva bus app

  • Check live bus times- tells you if there is a delay to the timetable with “+” for additional minutes
  • Live bus map to see where your bus is located in real-time
  • Links to separate M-tickets app for mobile ticketing which includes 4 weekly, 12 weekly and annual University of Kent discounted tickets. See our webpage for instructions and promotional code to receive discounted rates
  • Save your favourite bus stops to make planning your journey easier
  • Journey planner and timetables
  • Available for iPhone and Android

See the Arriva bus app webpage for more information.

Summer unibus timetable and Summer Unirider bus ticket

Summer Unibus timetable

The Unibuses run to a different timetable during the summer vacation. The summer timetable can be viewed online (takes you to Stagecoach website) or in reception areas across campus.

Summer Unirider bus ticket

Staying on campus or the local area over the summer vacation? Student Unirider tickets expire 17 June 2018.

The Summer Unirider is valid 18 June to 15 September 2018 and allows unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses in Kent and East Sussex.

Purchase the Summer Unirider for only £75. The equivalent public price ticket would cost £267.

Purchase the ticket online from the Stagecoach website: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/regionaltickets/south-east/canterbury/unirider


Discounted staff bus travel- introduction of smart card tickets

We work with Stagecoach bus company to provide discounted bus travel for staff and students. Staff can purchase a Canterbury Megarider ticket or a South East Megarider ticket.

We have recently moved over to smart card tickets for staff, which are similar to the student Unirider tickets. The smart card is loaded up with your ticket and becomes active the first time you use it. Staff with existing paper tickets will be contacted in the next couple of months to upgrade to the smart cards at no extra cost.

The price of the staff bus tickets has slightly increased to reflect increases in Stagecoach tickets. Kent staff still save up to 55% off the public price for the tickets.

Terms and conditions apply. Please see leaflet and salary deduction agreement for more details, or contact the transport team.

Using the Bus around Canterbury – things to do!

The University of Kent unirider is valid on all Stagecoach buses in Kent and East Sussex, not just the bus you need to get to Uni. That means you can use it for days out too. Whether you fancy a bit of shopping, a day at the coast or a bit of local history – if there’s a Stagecoach bus there then you can use your unirider!

Here’s just a few ideas of some journeys you could make with your unirider…

  • Heading to Dreamland amusement park or Westwood Cross for a bit of retail therapy? Route 8 buses run between Canterbury to Margate throughout the day. The buses have free WIFI and USB charging points too!
  • For a day at the beach why not try the Triangle! Triangle buses run from Canterbury to Whitstable or Herne Bay. Triangle buses towards Herne Bay stop right outside Wildwood Animal Park too! Triangle buses also have free WIFI and USB charging points.
  • If it’s history you’re after take a visit to the famous Dover Castle on a route 15 bus – relive the courtly days of King Henry II, and venture deep underground in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Jump off at Pencester Road and walk up the hill or catch a route 80/81 bus to take you up there.
  • Travel in style on a Stagecoach Gold route 16 bus to Folkestone. Visit Folkestone’s Harbour Arm, the food, drink and entertainment destination for the town. The gold buses have free WIFI and luxury leather seats too.

To buy or use a University of Kent unirider ticket, you’ll need a valid university student ID card. The student number on your university ID card must match the student number on your ticket. You are required to present your student ID card to the driver each time you use your unirider.

Extra buses! Exams and Easter

As exam time is approaching the Transport Team, Estates department, are working with Stagecoach to provide extra Uni2 buses on Sundays between 2 April and 4 June 2017.

This means there will be a 24/7 bus service for this period to help you travel to and from the library. See timetable online or on posters at Keynes and Darwin bus stops.

During term-time we provide a 24 hour bus service 6 days a week, serviced by the Uni1, Uni2, 4 and Triangle buses.

The Uni1 and Uni2 buses will also continue to the usual timetable over Easter (8 April to 7 May) despite being outside of term-time. See usual timetable.

Transport Team

01227 82 3609   transport@kent.ac.uk   @unikent_travel   www.kent.ac.uk/transport

Estates Department, University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, CT2 7NN

Stagecoach Spring and Summer term bus ticket

If you regret not purchasing the academic year ticket in September, don’t worry as there is another chance to purchase the ticket which will take you through till the end of the academic year.

The Stagecoach Unirider ticket allows travel on any Stagecoach bus in Kent and East Sussex. The cost of the ticket is £170 and it is valid until 18 June 2017. The Unirider ticket is heavily discounted, gives you the freedom to explore Kent easily, and means you no longer need to have change ready to catch the bus.

Visit our transport webpage for more information about why we recommend the ticket, or go straight to the Stagecoach website where you can purchase the ticket online.

Changes to 4/6 timetable

Please see new route 4 timetable and route 6 timetable.

We have received some emails from members of staff with concerns regarding the changes to the 4/6 route bus timetables which comes into place on Monday 12 December 2016.

We have contacted Stagecoach and received the following response explaining the change in the service:

Except for some early morning journeys, this route will no longer run via Tankerton Circus or Swalecliffe. This is as a result of feedback from residents and representations from local councillors in Tankerton, which meant that an alternative solution needed to be found that preserved the link between Herne Bay, Greenhill, Whitstable Rail Station and Estuary View Medical Centre. Consequently from Whitstable Station, buses will continue every hour via Church Street, Ham Shades Lane, Foxgrove Road and the Old Thanet Way towards Greenhill. After Greenhill most buses will continue to/from Herne Bay as route 6 bus.

There is a revised timetable with some journeys running up to 5 minutes earlier. The current 0759 journey from Tanterton Priest & Sow (0812 from Whitstable Harbour Street) will no longer run due to low usage. Passengers who previously travelled to the University at this time can use the Triangle from Priest & Sow Corner at 0756 and change at the Cherry Garden Road bus stop in Canterbury to one of the frequent buses to the University.”

For more information on these changes visit the Stagecoach service updates webpage.

Transport Team

01227 82 3609   transport@kent.ac.uk   @unikent_travel   www.kent.ac.uk/transport

Estates Department, University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, CT2 7NN

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Christmas bus timetables- Stagecoach

  • There will be a special Uni1 timetable between 19 December 2016 and 14 January 2017
  • There will be no Uni2 buses running during this time
  • Route 4 and Triangle* buses will continue to run to usual timetable with the exception of 25, 26, 27 December 2016 and 1 and 2 January 2017


The University and Stagecoach have listened to last year’s feedback to improve the 2016/17 Christmas timetable. This year the following changes are in place for the Uni1 service which is running Monday to Saturday:


  • The 8:10 will continue to operate from Canterbury bus station to campus as usual
  • Buses will continue to run to and from both Darwin and Keynes as usual
  • The Keynes times have been adjusted to allow more time for you to reach the Keynes bus stop, for example changing the times from 17:05 to 17:10


The timetables are linked above. You can also pick up a physical copy of the special Uni1 timetable from reception areas around campus and at the Travel Shop located at Canterbury bus station.

Don’t forget to check out the new Stagecoach bus app which is free to download for iPhone and Android. You can plan your journey, check live bus times and even purchase mobile tickets on the app.

Transport Team

01227 82 3609   transport@kent.ac.uk   @unikent_travel   www.kent.ac.uk/transport

Estates Department, University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, CT2 7NN

*use this timetable to refer to Triangle and 4 services only. See special timetable for Uni1 service


Saturday grocery bus to the supermarkets and Unirider discount ending soon

26a grocery bus

The Stagecoach 26a bus runs from campus to Sturry Road where you can do your food shopping at large stores such as Asda, Sainsbury’s and Lidl. There are also some clothing shops such as TK Maxx and Matalan and electronic shops such as Currys PC World and Maplins.

The 26a runs every Saturday (term-time only). The first service on the Saturday leaves Keynes at 9:40am and the last service leaves Sturry Road at 3:20pm- plenty of time to do your weekly food shop. See 26a timetable here.

Unirider discount ending soon

With your Unirider bus ticket you can use the 26a at no extra cost. The last day you can purchase the Unirider ticket from the bus on campus is Friday 30 September 2016. You will still be able to purchase online at the discounted rate before 2 October 2016. Be sure to purchase the Unirider ticket before 2 October 2016 as the price then goes up from the current £170 to £240. Learn more about why we recommend the Unirider ticket.

Transport Team

01227 82 3609   transport@kent.ac.uk   @unikent_travel   www.kent.ac.uk/transport

Estates Department, University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, CT2 7NN

Transport Updates: @unikent_travel   Transport News Blog

Unirider student bus ticket- buy before 2 October

The majority of bus services in and around Canterbury are operated by Stagecoach Ltd bus company.

The Unirider academic year bus ticket allows students to travel all across Kent and East Sussex, day and night. The ticket costs £170 and is available to purchase now from the green Unibus parked on campus outside the Gulbenkian theatre, or online through the Stagecoach website.

Why we recommend the Unirider academic year bus ticket:

  • The highly discounted tickets save you money
  • Explore what East Kent has to offer – historic towns, cities, the countryside and even the beach!
  • Explore the shops, visit cinemas, theatres, restaurants as well as nightlife in various towns and cities
  • We have a good regular bus service to and from our campus, especially between Canterbury and Whitstable
  • No need to find change, just use your bus ticket to get home after a night out in Canterbury on the Unibus 24 hour service

Make sure you purchase from the bus or online before the 2 October to get the discounted price. After 2 October the price increases to £240.

Visit www.kent.ac.uk/transport/stagecoach for more information.

Transport Team

01227 82 3609   transport@kent.ac.uk   @unikent_travel   www.kent.ac.uk/transport

Estates Department, University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, CT2 7NN

Transport Updates: @unikent_travel   Transport News Blog