Promoting the use of sustainable transport
Being situated in Liverpool has its advantages. There are frequent public transport services and it's easy to get around by bike or on foot. We encourage our students and staff to use these forms of travel as an alternative to driving – it'll save you money, reduce your carbon footprint and improve your overall health and emotional wellbeing.
LJMU bike storage
Bike shelter at IM Marsh
Travelling to LJMU
Take a look at your travel options for getting to the University.
Walking is an easy way to get exercise into your daily routine without you really even noticing. Plus there’s no better way to save on travel costs. All of our sites are accessible by foot so why not get your walking shoes on and make a difference. If more of us walked there’d be less traffic on the roads which would mean lower pollution levels, improved air quality and less stressed people.
Find your best route to LJMU using the urban walking planner Walkit.
A bike costs just 3% of the price of a car. And swapping your car for a bike means you'll also save the ongoing costs of road tax, expensive repairs, insurance and parking charges. Plus, cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit.
Across our campuses we have a number of cycle storage areas (many of which are monitored by CCTV), as well as changing rooms and lockers for students, staff and visitors to use – check our map to find these. Plus there is a dedicated University Cycle Route which offers a less congested route between the city centre and IM Marsh – the route takes approximately 25 minutes.
To find out what facilities are at what site, take a look at the Green Travel Plan.
Citybike hire scheme
Citybikes can be hired for as little as £1 a day/£5 a week. If you join as an annual member for £55 you can make as many 30 minute bike rides you like for free (that’s as little as 15p a day). Citybike offer LJMU students a 50% discount on annual membership – visit the Citybike website for further details.
Citybike installations are positioned at key locations around the University:
- John Foster Building/Liverpool Science Park, Mount Pleasant
- Avril Robarts/Tithebarn Building
- Barkhill Road entrance, IM Marsh
Liverpool has one of the best public transport systems in the UK, why not take advantage of this vast network. If you are unsure how to get where you are going, check out the Merseytravel journey planner app:
A good bus network operates in Merseyside and all of our sites are regularly serviced. Using the Merseytravel journey app will help you find the easiest and quickest bus route for your commute. You'll also find the links below useful:
For fares information, please see the LJMU Green Travel Plan.
Merseyside has a comprehensive rail service across the Liverpool City Region and the surrounding area, and is well-serviced from Southport, Warrington, Runcorn, Blackpool and Chester.
For University staff and students commuting from Greater Manchester, TransPennine Express has an hourly service between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool which only takes 32 minutes. Students between the ages of 16-25 could get 1/3 off rail fares if using a 16-25 railcard.
Further afield, Liverpool can be reached by trains originating from Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Stafford, Preston and Birmingham.
- For all ticket options visit the Merseytravel website
- See the LJMU Green Travel Plan to find out your nearest train station to your building/hall
If you live on the Wirral, what better way to start your day than taking the famous ‘Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey’, especially when the weather is fine. There is a frequent weekday service with a journey time of around 10 minutes and the ferry terminal at Pier Head is a short walk to and from the City and Mount Pleasant campuses. There is a free park-and-ride at the Wirral terminal in Seacombe.
Visit the Mersey Ferries website.
Take advantage of one of the least expensive taxi fares in the country. It’s a safe way to travel back to halls of residence after a night out.
In Liverpool there are two types of taxis:
- Hackney-style (black cabs) which you can flag down on the street or find at the ranks throughout the city
- Private hire cabs which must be pre-booked
- You can order taxis from AlphaTaxis, Davy Liver Cars, ComCab, Delta or Village. Most taxi companies provide apps for you to download – more information is available from their websites
We recognise that driving is sometimes the only practical option for some of our staff and students. The University offers two car park ticket types:
| Type A
|Available to all LJMU staff for use before 4.30pm||£3.50||£40||£480|
|Type C||Available to all LJMU staff and approved students attending evening classes and/or meetings after 4.30pm IM Marsh and Tithebarn Street only||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Accessibility information is available from the LJMU Travel Plan.
LJMU works closely with DisabledGo, which publishes detailed information on accessibility across all LJMU's buildings and sites. DisabledGo also provides detailed access information on the surrounding facilities such as student accommodation, cafes and restaurants, leisure facilities, cinemas, museums, places of worship and more. LJMU students who use DisabledGo are able to tailor their profile to suit them, incorporating bespoke and favourited sites and trips. The Disability Advice Team and Disability Coordinators will be able to signpost you to the website, but you can also access it here:
The accessibility section of the Travel Plan provides further guidance on how access is facilitated on Liverpool’s public transport systems, and additional guidance from Merseytravel and Merseyrail may be viewed here:
- Transport accessibility including bus, train, ferry, travel centre, Merseylink and contacts
- Merseytravel Easy Access Guide
- Merseytravel Concessions
- Merseyrail details of facilities and Disabled Access available at each of its stations
- Merseyrail Advice and contact details for specific assisted rail travel requests
- Merseyferry accessibility information
ComCab taxis has an extensive fleet of cabs which are accessible-friendly, including for wheelchair passengers.
LJMU offers provision of disabled car parking spaces across its sites.
Staff, students and visitors with an access query are encouraged to contact the Disability Advice Team.
per week is what you could save by cycling instead of driving to the University*
is the number of calories you could burn by cycling to LJMU
off Citybike annual membership for LJMU students
*The stats above are based on a 20 minute bike journey in comparison with driving to LJMU.
LJMU’s Green Travel Plan – download this guide to find out how our staff and students travel to LJMU, what transport facilities are on campus and our plans over the next few years to introduce new initiatives that LJMU staff and students will benefit from.
Get in touch
If you'd like to leave us suggestions or make an enquiry about travel, please get in touch with us: