Welcome back students!

boarding bus

Each September our city welcomes over 40,000 students from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.

If you’re a new or existing student looking to make your way around Nottingham, we’ve made this handy list of all things transport that will help you get around easily.


Please do not travel if you are self-isolating, feeling unwell or are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, including a new continuous cough or high temperature or loss of taste and smell. For more information and advice on symptoms of the virus, please visit  gov.uk/coronavirus

When using public transport, follow the latest safer travel guidance for passengers to help keep Nottingham moving safely:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep social distancing, both on board and while waiting
  • If the tram or bus is busy, wait for the next one
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Wash your hands before and after travelling
  • Hand sanitiser is available on all NCT buses, or carry your own
  • Use contactless payment methods

Please remember you must also wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles.

Robin Hood travel cards

No need to worry if you have exact change for the bus, or whether you have to buy separate tickets for the tram and bus. The Robin Hood card offers a cashless and convenient alternative.

A brand new Pay as you Go card for students has been launched allowing unlimited all day travel on both bus and tram for just £4.20.

Alternatively, you can get a Robin Hood student season card if you travel regularly, great for getting to and from campus.

To purchase your Robin Hood season card or PAYG, please visit the travel centre in Victoria Bus Station to get set up – remember to bring your student ID. If you already have an existing card these can be topped up at any on street ticket machine.

We’re currently working on making it even easier to buy and top up your cards – follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates!

PAYG student

We’ve made catching the bus easier than ever

Over the summer we upgraded some of our real time displays, found at bus stops all over the city showing when the next bus is due.

The new displays can be found throughout the city centre and at the two universities, and provide many features that make catching the bus as easy as can be.

Read on to find out more…

Need to catch a ride home?

Heading back from the city after a meal with friends or a night in the bars?

Book a ride with one of our electric hackney taxi’s for an emission-free journey by downloading the Taxi Free app from any app store.

Explore the city by bike

Nottingham is one of the best cities for students and is full of many great activities and attractions. What better way to explore your city than by hopping on a bike and venturing through the city centre to see what you can find.

Check out our Nottingham Cycle Map here to find routes near you.

Hire bikes

At various locations throughout the city you can pick up an on-street hire bike for as little as £1. Cycle around the city for up to 24 hours and when you’re done, simply return it to one of the docking stations.

Park your bike

In Nottingham, the best way to get around is by bike thanks to our top notch cycling infrastructure.

Bringing a bike from home? Park your bike securely for free at one of our cycle parks located across the city while you spend time in the city centre.

Follow us!

While you’re here in Nottingham, stay up to the date with all the latest transport news and announcements – follow us on social media, or subscribe to our newsletter:

Facebook – /transportnottm

Twitter @transport_nottm

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Head over to our dedicated Coronavirus page to find out about how transport in our city has responded to the outbreak and any recent updates. Don’t forget your face covering when you’re packing!