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Travelling in and around Liverpool

Liverpool is a compact city that's easy to get around on foot or by public transport. Parking is also very limited and can be expensive too, so we'd advise you leave your car at home




Walking and cycling

Walking or cycling is a great way to get around Liverpool and get fit at the same time. You can find the best routes via the urban walking route planner Walkit, available as an iOS and Android app.

The good news is that LJMU has lots of cycling storage spaces, equipment lockers and changing facilities across the University. Plus there’s a dedicated University Cycle Route from which offers you a less congested route between the city centre and IM Marsh and takes approximately 25 minutes.

Citybike

You can hire a Citybike for as little as £1 a day and £5 a week. Citybike is also offering LJMU students a 50% discount on the cost of an annual membership, reducing it to just £25. Signing up for this great deal means that you will enjoy all the benefits of Citybike membership, including the first 30 minutes of every journey being free and access to 140+ Citybike stations across Liverpool. For a full breakdown of the standard prices, including hourly rates, see the Citybike website.

There is also a scheme operating at numerous Merseyside rail stations, including Liverpool Central and Liverpool South Parkway, where you can hire bicycles daily for just £3.80. Further details can be found on the Bike & Go website.

Plus you can access free, secure cycle storage at various train stations across the city. Visit the Merseyrail website to register for your personal fob.

Public transport and journey apps

Liverpool is well served by buses, trains, taxis and even the world famous Ferry across the Mersey. It’s easy to check the quickest journey for you via public transport, using these travel apps:

Buses

There are now a number of buses that operate under a Quality Bus Network (QBN) – an agreement made as part of a partnership between bus companies, local authorities and Merseytravel to ensure the customer has a high standard of service, infrastructure, marketing and ease of use.

The companies are:

Trains

Train stations closest to LJMU campuses are as follows:

  • Tithebarn Street: Moorfields
  • Byrom Street: Lime Street and Moorfields
  • Mount Pleasant campus (John Lennon Art and Design Building, Redmonds Building and John Foster Building): Lime Street/Central
  • IM Marsh: Aigburth/West Allerton
  • Norton Street (JMU Tower): Lime Street

These stations are well serviced by train lines from the wider Merseyside area, including Southport, Warrington, Wirral, Runcorn, Blackpool and Chester. Further afield, Liverpool is accessible by trains originating in Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Stafford, Preston and Birmingham. If you are commuting from Manchester, TransPennine Express has an hourly Manchester - Liverpool train which only takes 32 minutes.

  • Merseyrail offer a GEM pass for trains, marketed specifically for students.
  • PlusBus If you travel by train to get into Liverpool, depending on what pass you have it may be worthwhile to invest in the PlusBus add on. This added unlimited bus travel to your rail ticket for set prices below. 

Ferry

The ferry terminal at Liverpool Pier Head is a short walk to and from the City Campus sites (12 minutes to Tithebarn Street; 21 minutes to Byrom Street; and 30 minutes to the Brownlow Hill and Mount Pleasant sites).

At the Wirral terminal in Seacombe, commuters benefit from free park and ride facilities and users of the commuter service receive a free cup of coffee in the morning when they travel. See the Mersey Ferries website for commuter timetable and fares (ferry journey length: 10 mins).

Ferry services begin at 7:20 and run approximately every twenty minutes until 9:40. Afternoon commuter services begin at 17:00 and every twenty minutes thereafter until 18:40.

Full timetable

Taxis

Two types of taxi are available in and around Liverpool:

  • The hackney-style (or black cabs), which you can flag down on the street or find at one of the ranks throughout the city. Make sure you take a note of the yellow-lit cab number which is located in the window divider between the back of the car and the taxi driver.
  • Private hire cabs, which must be pre-booked.

Generally, if you are planning a journey it is advisable to pre-book a private hire taxi and agree the fare on booking. There is a taxi pick-up/drop-off point on campus in front of the Meeting Place at IM Marsh. Please note: this is a pick-up point for pre-booked taxis only.