Bristol Unibus U1 is a dedicated Unibus service that links the University of Bristol Stoke Bishop residential campus with the University of Bristol Clifton Campus and the City Centre. The U1 service is available to staff, students and members of the general public. 

U1: Stoke Bishop Transport Hub – University of Bristol Campus – City Centre

Service number

When you can use the service

Where you can travel on the service

Mon-Fri daytime

Saturday daytime

Sunday daytime

U1 timetable & route map - click here for PDF

term time only (18 Sept 2023 - 7 June 2024)

U1 does not operate on public holidays 

Stoke Bishop Transport Hub - Clifton Down Station - University of Bristol Campus - City Centre

up to every 6 mins

up to every 20 mins

up to every 20 mins

Student Travel

U1 Student fares 


From the driver (contactless payment only)

U1 Single



U1 Year ( 18 Sep 2023 - 7 Jun 2024) £199 N/A
Uni Year Bristol Zone (18 Sept 2023 - 9 June 2024) £430 N/A
Uni Year West of England Zone (18 Sept 2023 - 9 June 2024) £485 N/A

Our University of Bristol Uni Year ticket (Bristol Zone) works out at just £1.63 per day (calculated at 265 days of operation between ticket start and end dates). 

U1 Uni Year pass

The U1 Uni Year pass entitles students to travel on the Bristol Unibus U1 service, giving you frequent services to the University campus.

In addition, your U1 Uni Year pass also allows you to use services 3, 4 & 72 on certain sections of the routes*. These services will be running in holiday periods.

University of Bristol Students living in University-allocated accommodation (except postgraduates in postgraduate-only residences) receive the U1 Uni year pass for free. Students will receive a voucher code for their U1 pass by email from the University in the second or third week of September. You can use your voucher code to either get the U1 pass for free, or upgrade to the Bristol Zone Uni Year ticket for just £99 - see below!

For all other students who are not eligible for the free bus pass, this ticket is perfect for you to buy if you mainly need to travel between Stoke Bishop, Clifton Campus and the city centre. 

*Service 3 between Bristol City Centre and Coombe Lane bus stop only. Service 4 between Bristol City Centre and The Avenue bus stop only. Service 72 between Bristol Temple Meads and Zetland Road bus stop only.

Upgrade to First Bristol Zone ticket – available to students who receive the U1 Uni Year pass for free

Those students who receive the U1 Uni Year pass for free can upgrade to the city-wide Bristol Zone First Bus mTicket by selecting University of Bristol - Uni Year - Bristol Zone (£430) in the First Bus App and using their voucher code at checkout to buy it for just £99. You can only use the voucher code once, so make sure you decide which ticket you want before using your voucher code.

With this option you get unlimited travel on all First Bus and metrobus services in the Bristol Zone (excluding special event & airport flyer services) so you can literally get all over Bristol and hop on and off as many buses as you like for the duration of your ticket - whether it's term time or not - and really make the most of what Bristol has to offer. If you live or work in another part of the city or intend to visit people and places elsewhere then this ticket will give you the best value for money. For further details on the Bristol Zone and other First services, please click here

If you decide to upgrade after you have already activated your U1 ticket, you can do so until 31st January 2024 at the same price by contacting us here, via the mTicket live chat on the First Bus app or by calling 0345 646 0707.

Staff and General Public Travel

The U1 service is available to staff and the general public as well as University of Bristol students, and serves all regular bus stops along its route. Please see the table below for U1 fares information.

Staff fare


From the driver (contactless payment only)

U1 Single 



The only U1 specific ticket available to University of Bristol staff is the £1.70 single ticket. This can be brought from the driver on production of a valid UOB staff U-card with contactless payment only.

Members of the general public wishing to buy a single ticket need to purchase a Bristol Flat Fare Single Adult ticket.

For all other ticket durations that allow travel on the U1 Service, staff and members of the general public need to purchase a First network ticket such as the Bristol Zone ticket. For further details on the Bristol Zone and other First services, please click here. For details of exclusive University of Bristol staff travel offers, please visit the University of Bristol staff and student travel offers webpage.

Where to buy? 

The U1 and U2 are now cashless services with drivers unable to take cash payments or give any change. Buy your bus tickets in advance on the free First Bus App. With the app you can purchase and use your bus ticket on your smartphone with no need for cash or a paper ticket. For more information on mTickets click here. Alternatively you can pay on bus with Tap On, Tap Off or contactless payment.

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