Public transport

Leicester & Leicestershire’s extensive  network of public transport services will help get you where you need to be. Plan your route and compare your options using our journey planner, or choose a section from the menu below.

Whether you’re making a trip to work, to see friends or family, or going shopping in town, let someone else do the driving so you can use your travel time however you choose – crack on with your book, do some last-minute revision or get started on your e-mails before you’ve even got to your desk.

Some buses, including our Leicester Park & Ride services, now come equipped with free WiFi, so you’ll enjoy all the benefits of staying connected while you travel.

Most buses are now step free and low floor, including priority seating for older and disabled persons and dedicated space for wheelchair and mobility scooter users.

Our journey planner states whether low-floor buses operate on a particular route. For other accessible transport options, please see community & other transport.

Bus routes, timetables and maps

Our journey planner will show you how to complete your journey and all the relevant bus options. You can also download the free Traveline South & East app for your mobile or tablet device from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Area Guides

If you need a quick reference guide for a particular area, download one of our area guides from the list below:

Printed copies are available at libraries, tourist information centres, or by contacting choosehowyoumove@leics.gov.uk or 0116 305 0002.

Full details of all bus routes including seasonal and bank holiday variations can be found on Traveline East Midlands.

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Supported local bus services timetables

The City and County councils financially support a number of local bus services, operated on their behalf by various companies.

Use our journey planner to help plan your route or you can download timetables for supported bus services in Leicester & Leicestershire.

Bus services to East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport is easily accessible by public transport. A whole range of direct bus services make it quick and convenient to get to the airport from Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Loughborough, Shepshed, Coalville and Long Eaton up to every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Skylink Bus Service – changes to route

Please be aware that Ashby Road, Kegworth is closed due to the East Midlands Gateway development.  The Skylink Service has been re-routed via Derby Road.  

For more information on the works please visit www.eastmidlandsgateway.co.uk

Queries relating to the Skylink services should be made via Kinchbus and Trentbarton customer service teams, all the details for which can be found at:

www.kinchbus.co.uk/contact-us/contact-details or

www.trentbarton.co.uk/contact-us/contact-details

Leicester Hospital Hopper bus service

The ‘UHL Hospital Hopper’, operated by Centrebus, runs between Leicester’s 3 main hospitals every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday. The service links the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital with Beaumont Leys Centre, Hamilton Centre, Leicester Railway Station and St Nicholas Circle (adjacent Jubilee Square).

The service is ideal for passengers who want to get around Leicester, whether they be a patient or visitor to the hospitals, a commuter requiring the rail station, or just getting out for shopping or leisure in the city.  As well as providing a quick and direct link to Hamilton and Beaumont Leys shopping centres, the Hopper has convenient stops for the city centre itself.  Anyone is welcome on the Hopper, whether travelling to hospital or not.

Bus Operators

The bus companies who operate in Leicestershire and Leicester are as follows:

Please contact each company directly for information about fares.

Rural Rider bus service

The Rural Rider bus services ceased operating on Saturday 2nd May 2015.

The following villages have been provided with a replacement Demand Responsive Transport service with a destination of Leicester City Centre:

  • Billesdon, Cold Newton, Cranoe, Glooston, Hallaton, Halstead, Hungarton, Keyham, Loddington, Lowesby, Medbourne, Owston, Slawston, Stonton Wyville and Tilton on the Hill.

The following villages have been provided with a replacement Demand Responsive Transport service with a destination of Market Harborough:

  • Arnesby, Drayton, Foxton, Great Easton, Gumley, Laughton, Mowsley and Shearsby.

The following villages have been provided with a replacement Demand Responsive Transport service with a destination of Leicester City Centre & Market Harborough:

  • Cranoe, Glooston, Hallaton, Medbourne, Slawston and Stonton Wyville.

For most other villages, alternative bus services are available.

The following Demand Responsive Transport services are now available. For individual timetables please click on the service titles below:

DRT 300 - Hallaton and villages to Market Harborough

Serving Hallaton, Slawston, Cranoe, Glooston and Stonton Wyville

Operates on Tuesdays

Operated by Murphys Taxis – 01858 410210

DRT 301 - Hallaton and villages to Market Harborough

Serving Hallaton, Slawston, Cranoe, Glooston and Stonton Wyville

Operates on Fridays

Operated by M&E Taxi – 01858 446570 or 07525 297800

DRT 302 - Arnesby and villages to Foxton and Market Harborough

Serving Arnesby, Shearsby, Mowsley, Laughton and Gumley

Operates on Thursdays

Operated by Murphys Taxis – 01858 410210

DRT 303 - Medbourne and villages to Billesdon and Leicster City Centre

Serving Medbourne, Hallaton, Slaston, Cranoe, Glooston, Stonton Wyville and Tilton on the Hill

Operates on Thursdays

Operated by M&E Taxi – 01858 446570 or 07525 297800

DRT 304 - Great Easton and villages to Market Harborough

Serving Great Easton, Drayton and Medbourne

Operates on Tuesdays and Fridays

Operated by Murphys Taxis – 01858 410210

DRT 305 - Tilton on the Hill and villages to Leicester City Centre

Serving Tilton on the Hill, Owston, Loddington, Halstead, Lowesby, Cold Newton, Hungarton and Keyham

Operates on Wednesdays

Operated by ADT Taxis – 0116 255 5222

These Demand Responsive Transport services are available to book from one week prior to travel. To guarantee a seat, bookings must be made by 5pm the day before travel. Bookings can be made up to one hour before departure, but this is subject to availability and at the discretion of the operator.

To book a Demand Responsive Transport service please call the operator of the service requested, as shown above.

For further information on how this service works please see the Demand Responsive Transport section below.

For further information please call the helpline on 0116 305 0002.

Service disruption

See below for known bus service disruption in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Service 58

Operated by Hinckley Bus

Service Disruption

Passengers are advised that Walcote Road, South Kilworth will be closed for three days from Monday 30th October 2017, to enable Severn Trent to safely undertake maintenance work.

During this closure, the Service 58 will be unable to serve South Kilworth.

Passengers who require essential travel during this time are advised to contact Leicestershire County Council on 0116 3050002 at least one working day before travel is required.

Please note that essential travel will be covered between the hours of 7am and 5pm.

Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

For further information please call the helpline on
0116 3050002.

 

Leicester Park & Ride

Take the stress out of your morning rush to work or shopping trip into the city. Instead of negotiating the city traffic, you can sit back and relax on one of our fast, frequent, reliable and free WiFi-enabled buses before enjoying a short walk into the centre – leaving you without the stress of finding a parking space, and no worry about when to go and feed a meter if you are taking your time over lunch

Fares will be changing from 4th September 2017, but currently a day ticket costs £3. If you’re travelling with others, you can slash costs with a £3.50 group saver ticket for up to 5 people travelling in one vehicle (available at all times).

We also offer a weekly saver ticket at £14, a 10-trip ticket for £26 and a 4-weekly ticket for £42. Parking is free for service users!

The Leicester Park & Ride service is operated by Roberts Coaches on behalf of the city and county councils, with fast and frequent buses, Mondays to Saturdays between 7am to 7pm on a 15 minute frequency from Birstall, Enderby and Meynell’s Gorse (Leicester Forest East).

Enderby Park & Ride (Service 203) serves stops at Leicester Royal Infirmary and De Montfort University on journeys towards the city centre.

The Birstall Park & Ride (Service 303) stops at Byford Road on the way into Leicester city centre, convenient for the National Space Centre as well as businesses in the area, and now also serves Haymarket Bus Station.

 

Bus fares and tickets

Get information about the different type of saver tickets available so you can always get the best value for money.

flexi-logoThe Leicester Flexi Ticket

  • The Leicester Flexi Day Ticket costs £5.20 (£4.20 for children) and offers the flexibility of unlimited travel on any Arriva, Centrebus, First, Hinckleybus, Kinchbus and Stagecoach bus services (excluding Park & Ride services) within the Flexi Ticket Area.
  • The Flexi Day Ticket is valid all day on the date of purchase.
  • The Leicester Flexi Weekly Ticket costs £20, and offers the flexibility of unlimited travel on any Arriva, Centrebus, First, Hinckleybus, Kinchbus and Stagecoach bus services (excluding Park & Ride services) within the Flexi Ticket Area.
  • The Flexi Weekly Ticket is valid for 7 days from the date of purchase.

Leicester Flexi Weekly bus tickets are now available on the OneCard, a smart card that can also be used for the Town Hall Bike Park.

onecard-logo orYou can register for your OneCard using the link above. When you receive your card you will need to top up the card in order to travel.

Topping up is available on participating buses and you can buy multiple weekly top-ups for future use. We are also planning to introduce topping up at Payzone outlets.

To use your card, touch and hold it onto the card reader on the ticket machine. After a brief moment the reader will recognise and approve it.

Other multi-journey saver tickets

All commercial bus operators in Leicester & Leicestershire offer a range of multi-journey saver tickets. Please ask the bus driver, or search online for the relevant operator’s website for full details.

Saver tickets are also available to buy from the driver on the following Council-subsidised local bus services:

Service 27 (Leicester – Barrow upon Soar – Thurmaston Shopping Centre)

Service 120 (Coalville – Markfield – Leicester)

Service Airlink 155  (Coalville – East Midlands Airport – Castle Donington)

Leicester Park & Ride (Birstall, Enderby, Meynell’s Gorse)

For more information call Customer Services on 0116 305 0002.

PLUSBUS

PLUSBUS is a cheap bus pass that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office or online.

It gives you unlimited bus and tram travel (on participating operators services) to and from the rail station and around the whole urban area of the rail served town.

Buy one for the start of your journey and/or for the end of it.

Bus passes and concessionary travel

The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme is administered locally by Leicestershire County Council for residents of the county and Leicester City Council for city residents.

What is concessionary travel?

Concessionary travel passes can be used by eligible older and disabled persons for free or reduced rates of travel on local bus services in Leicester, Leicestershire and throughout England.

To use your bus pass on local buses within England, show your pass to the driver as you get on. If the bus is fitted with a reader, touch the reader with your pass. You don’t need a ticket to travel, but on some services the driver may give you a zero-priced ticket to record their passenger numbers.

You can’t use your bus pass on services:

  • where most seats can be reserved, like coaches
  • that run for less than six weeks, like shuttle buses to special events
  • for tourists, like open-top bus tours, or services on vehicles of historical interest
  • that are running instead of a train – ‘rail replacement’ services
  • where the fare includes ‘extras’, like refreshments or car parking

All Concessionary Pass holders travelling on Leicester and Leicestershire’s Park & Ride after 9.30am and all day Saturday are charged £1.00 for a Day Ticket allowing all day travel on Park & Ride services.

Many coach operators offer half-price travel for older or disabled people. Ask the coach company for more information.

To find out about eligibility for the scheme and to apply for a concessionary travel pass please use the link below that is relevant to you.

Demand responsive transport

We run over 30 demand responsive transport services across Leicestershire. These are pre-booked taxi or minibus services that only run when they’re needed. You’ll be charged a similar fare to a scheduled bus service when you use the service.

Where do the services go to?

You can travel to local services and facilities in nearby towns or villages, such as a health centre, shopping centre or market. You may also have a choice of different destinations offered on different days and you can make longer journeys by connecting with a local bus service at one of the nearby towns.

When do the services run?

Your demand responsive transport service will run when booked, based on an approximate timetable. For example, there may be a collection from your village and a number of others that start at 10.00am, but the time you are picked up will depend on who else has booked and the route that will be taken – you will be given an approximate time for collection at the time you book. There will be a fixed return time from the destination.
When the service is set up, consideration is given as to when people want to travel, so if one day is more popular than others, for example on a market day, then more runs can be offered on that day instead of another day that is less popular.

Do I use bus stops?

You will be collected and dropped off at agreed points in your village and to the places at the destination as specified. There is some flexibility in this, so for example it may be possible, if time allows, to be dropped off in one place in town and picked up at another or for people with shopping to be dropped off at home rather than in the village centre. Because these services are booked in advance these tailored arrangements can be offered at no extra cost to you.

What do I pay?

You will pay an individual fare, just like you would when using a local bus service and at a similar rate regardless of how many people are in the vehicle. The fares are set by Leicestershire County Council and are reviewed periodically so that they remain as similar to local bus services as possible. Like bus fares, they vary depending on the journey you make, but at present the average adult return fare is £3.50. If you have a bus pass, you can use this. You’ll be asked to present your pass to the driver when using the service.

How do I book?

To book, you simply phone and book your seat with the operator at any time during the day (usually 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday). To book you need to call by 5.00pm on the day before you travel, and at the earliest up to one week in advance.

OneCard

What is the OneCard?

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The new OneCard scheme is designed to make travel easier in Leicester. It is a smartcard which stores pre-paid bus travel passes or Bike Park membership.

When boarding a bus or accessing facilities at Leicester’s Bike Park, simply tap your OneCard against a card reader for approval.

What can I use my OneCard for?

You can use your OneCard for Leicester Flexi Weekly bus passes or for membership and period passes at the Town Hall Bike Park.

The bus operators currently participating in the Flexi scheme are Arriva, First, Centrebus, Hinckleybus, Kinchbus and Stagecoach.

The Flexi Weekly pass costs £20 and allows unlimited travel across participating operators in the Flexi zone.

More ways of using your OneCard for transport and other services will be included on this webpage when they become available.

How do I use my OneCard?

When you receive your card you will need to top it up in order to travel or take advantage of discounted Bike Park membership.

Top up your OneCard with a Flexi Weekly pass on participating buses, which travel to, from, or within Leicester’s Flexi zone. You can buy multiple weekly top-ups for future use.

For Bike Park membership, top up your OneCard when you visit the Town Hall Bike Park.

We are also planning to introduce topping up at Payzone outlets – details will be included on this webpage when they are available.

To use your card, touch and hold it on the card reader on the bus ticket machine or at the Bike Park. After a brief moment the reader will recognise and approve it.

Lost or stolen cards

If your card is lost or stolen please report it via your online account and a replacement will be sent to you.

The old card will be blocked from use and the new card will be sent out to you with any remaining credit still valid.

Concessionary passes

There are no changes for customers of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme as a result of OneCard.

Further information

If you’re travelling around Leicester and the East Midlands, plan your journey using our Journey Planner.

Using your card

Touch your card onto the card reader on the ticket machine, and hold it briefly to allow the machine to recognise and approve it.

If your card fails, this may be due to a faulty card or a fault in the card reader. You can get your card checked at any City Customer Service Centre. If your card is faulty it will be replaced. For the time being, faulty cards will still be accepted for travel, but they should be changed at the earliest opportunity.

Cards that have been reported lost or stolen cannot be used. Any reported lost or stolen cards will be kept by the driver and returned to the appropriate council to prevent fraudulent use.

This new system will also identify forged passes which will also be kept and withdrawn, and the report on their use submitted to the issuing council, for further action.

The OneCard is a Leicester and Leicestershire brand and concessionary users do not need to apply for a new card – just use the old one in a new way

Special offers

Saver tickets and Flexi Tickets offer great value and bus operators may have their own special offers running at different times of year – check out their websites for details.

Leicester bus stations

The majority of bus services in Leicester operate from St. Margaret’s and Haymarket bus stations in the city centre.

See the Guide to Leicester’s bus services and Map of bus routes in Leicester for full details of where to board your bus in Leicester city centre.

St. Margaret’s Bus Station

Gravel Street, Leicester, LE1 3AG (adjacent A594 Burleys Way – Leicester inner ring road)

Opening times

Bus station

Monday – Saturday: 05.30 – 23.30
Sunday: 07.00 – 23.30

Arriva Travel Shop

Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 13.30

Customer comments line: 0344 800 44 11

National Express ticket office

Monday – Saturday: 08.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 09.00 – 15.00

Tel: 08717 818181
(Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

Facilities

  • Cafeteria
  • Paper shop
  • Waiting room
  • Photo booth
  • Disabled toilet (key obtainable from bus station cleaners, manager and security)
  • Ladies and gents toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • CCTV
  • Free ATM
  • Telephones
  • Taxi rank
  • Cycle parking (indoors, by main entrance)
  • Luggage lockers – cost for up to 24 hours: £1 small locker, £2 large locker

Haymarket Bus Station

37 Belgrave Gate, Leicester, LE1 3HP (at junction of Belgrave Gate and Charles Street)

Opening times

Bus station

Monday – Friday: 05.00 – 23.45
Saturday: 06.00 – 23.45
Sunday: 09.00 – 23.45

Facilities

  • Information desk
  • Kiosk
  • Shopmobility (09.30 – 16.00 Monday – Saturday)
  • Toilets (including disabled, Changing Places and baby changing facilities)
  • Timetables (available at information desk and each of the stand ends)
  • CCTV
  • Free ATM (on Belgrave Gate)
  • Cycle parking (outside main entrance)

Download Haymarket Bus Station passenger guide

For general enquiries about Leicester’s bus stations, contact Leicester City Council on 0116 454 2834. Information about specific services is not available on this number. For this information please contact the bus or coach company directly.

Rail services and stations

emt-trainRegular services between London St. Pancras, the East Midlands and Yorkshire, serving Market Harborough, Leicester and Loughborough are operated by East Midlands Trains.

They also run local stopping services between Leicester and Lincoln, via Syston, Sileby, Barrow-upon-Soar and Loughborough, as well as between Nottingham and Skegness, calling at xc-trainBottesford.

Cross Country Trains run services between Birmingham New Street and Leicester, via Hinckley, Narborough and South Wigston, and between Birmingham New Street and Stansted Airport, via Leicester and Melton Mowbray.

Visit National Rail Enquiries to plan your train journey, look up fares, live departures, arrivals and station information.

Save money with a PLUSBUS ticket

PLUSBUS is a cheap bus pass that you buy online with your train ticket or at any station ticket office, giving you unlimited bus and tram travel (on participating operators’ services) to and from the rail station and around the whole urban area of the rail-served town.

Buy one for the start of your journey and/or for the end of it.


Parking at railway stations in Leicester & Leicestershire

East Midlands Trains manages pay & display car parks at Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Syston. Find out prices for daily, weekly, monthly and annual car parking tickets, as well as off-peak, evenings and weekends.

For parking at Narborough Station, see Blaby District Council. Limited free parking is available at Bottesford and Sileby stations. There are no car parks at Barrow-upon-Soar and South Wigston stations

East Midlands Trains – Cycle Hub Scheme

Ask for an application form at the ticket office and for a one-off fee of £10, you will receive a key fob, giving you unlimited access to modern, secure facilities, not only at Leicester and Loughborough stations, but all East Midlands Trains cycle hubs.

Leicester Station – in the station basement, accessible via the lift to the left of the customer information desk. Features over 200 CCTV-monitored bike parking spaces plus changing rooms. Open at all times during station opening hours. Leicester Station cycle hub

Loughborough Station – accessible 24/7 adjacent to station building. Features 130 CCTV-monitored bike parking spaces over two tiers, plus a tool station and pump. (Second tool station and pump available outside the cycle hub, next to the ticket barriers).

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You may use a cycle hub whether you’re travelling by train or not. Visit East Midlands Trains or call 0345 712 5678 for more information.

Both stations include additional sheltered cycle parking for non-members of the Cycle Hub Scheme.