With universities and colleges preparing to welcome students back on campus for the first semester of 2021-22, Lothian is here to help make your student experience as stress-free and comfortable as possible.
The pandemic has changed the way further and higher education institutions operate, so whether you’re returning to in-person studies or taking a blended approach to your learning, we’ve got you covered. Visit our Student Hub or scroll down for more information.
Free bus travel for those aged under 22, resident in Scotland
The Scottish Government has announced that free bus travel is to be extended to all residents in Scotland under the age of 22 from 31 January 2022. For some students, this means they will be required to pay for travel for the first semester of 2021-22 only, and will be eligible for free travel after this date. .
With that in mind, Lothian has introduced a new 5-month Student Ridacard for £225, allowing eligible students to enjoy unlimited travel across our network (including NightBuses) until the free travel scheme takes effect. More information on our various ticketing options can be found below.
No matter what student life looks like for you, we’ve got your travel sorted!
Free bus travel for residents in Scotland aged under 22 comes into effect on 31 January 2022. If you’ll fall into this category, pay for travel with our new 5-month (one semester) Student Ridacard or use to enjoy flexible travel without paying for more than you need to.
Alternatively, with just tap the same card or mobile payment device for every journey across our entire network and we’ll automatically charge you the cheapest adult fare for the journeys you’ve made. You’ll never pay more than you need to, even if your plans change! All you need to do is tap, wait for the positive beep, and take a seat.
You can also purchase a range of Single and DAYTickets (including discounted bundles of DAYTickets) for use on Lothian Buses, EastCoastbuses, Airlink, Skylink, Lothian Country, or Edinburgh Tram services on our m-ticketing app. to get started.
Download our ! All of our buses are tracked in real-time which means you get up-to-the-minute predictions of when they will arrive. You can save your favourite stops, routes and trips for regular travel – just tap on the ‘Saved’ tab to see them all.
The app will also let you know if there’s any disruptions to your service, and you can even share your journey progress with friends and family if you’re planning on getting together – it works even if they don’t have the app!
Late nights out with friends or working in the city until the wee hours? Most of our NightBus services run from around midnight until 4.30am every day.
Buses to Easter Bush Campus
Travelling to Easter Bush Campus? If you can, please consider making small changes to your journey to free up space for friends or colleagues. Taking an earlier bus or using an alternative service will help increase capacity to get everyone on campus on time. For 9am arrivals, you can take the following services from the following areas:
Service 15: if travelling from Bruntsfield or Morningside.
Service 37: if travelling from Princes Street, Waverley Station or Newington.
Service 47B: if travelling from West End, Tollcross or the central area.
Safe travel guidance
All of our vehicles are cleaned externally and internally on a daily basis, and we have introduced heightened cleaning measures in response to the pandemic including more enhanced cleaning of the main customer touch-points such as hand poles and grab rails and our driver cab areas. Cleaning across all of our sites has also increased. We have issued detailed reminders to colleagues and provided additional cleaning materials where possible.
Please remember, by law you must wear a face covering on all public transport in Scotland for the duration of your journey unless you have an exemption.