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Sheffield Guide: Public Transport

Public Transport

You'll use this more when it comes to the cold autumn / winter nights, when you just can't be arsed walking up Broomhill anymore !


A note about South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Exec (SYPTE) travel passes:

Until you turn 19 you are entitled to apply for monthly travel passes from the SYPTE for travel on all Trams, Buses, and Trains within South Yorkshire for a flat rate of £30 a month.

When you first apply you need a passport sized photo, and proof of age to form the pass, but other than that you just keep getting a new ticket every month from the numerous Sheffield Travel Information Centres.


Taxis

Plenty of them about, more so at night, they take you right to your door/lecture building, but the meter does start at £2.50 - ie make sure that you have a few people in to make it worth while.

Buses

Definately the best option up Broomhill during term time.

First Group Buses:

To Uni:

51 (Yellow Route): Showing CHARNOCK, will drop you at the Dainton Building - before going into the city. Should be caught from corner of Manchester / Fulwood Road or outside the RBS on Whitham Road. Service goes down Western Bank.

52 (Red Route): Showing WOODHOUSE, will drop you at Dainton Building, before turning right at Brook Hill roundabout and then around the St Georges / Mappin Street complex and into the city.
Should be caught from RSB Whitham Road, or any stop going down Western Bank.
*Note a local company "Yorkshire Terrier" also runs an identical 52 Service, their buses are green.
** Students in Tapton Hall can catch 52 from further up the Crookes Road, opposite Tapton Hall.

60 (Purple Route): Showing SHEFFIELD INTERCHANGE, will go down past Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and drop you at the corner of Clarkson Street (outside Bar One), then goes straight over the tram lines down WEST STREET, and can be stopped at the corner of MAPPIN STREET for the Management / Economics St Georges Complex.

This route can be caught from any number of stops along Fulwood Road, and it then takes a right at the HSBC / The York traffic lights at Somerfield.
You can also use this service to take you to the train station and bus terminus for National Express Coaches.

All of the above services run through the city centre.


Away from Uni:

51: (Yellow Route) Showing LODGE MOOR: Can be caught from outside the HICKS BUILDING, and then up WESTERN BANK at stops near CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, WESTERN PARK HOSPITAL etc. Jump off either at THRESHERS, or at junction of Fulwood / Manchester Roads.

52: (Red Route) Showing CROOKES: Can be caught at the same venues as route 51, however DOESNT STOP at THRESHERS, instead turns right at the traffic lights and then stops at CROOKES ROAD / BROOMHILL SHOPS.

*Yorkshire Terrier run a 52 route, will either show Crookes, or Hillsborough via Crookes, and can be picked up at the same places, and will drop off.

**Students at Tapton should take Route 52 further up Crookes Road to Tapton Hall.

60: (Purple Route) Showing FULWOOD: Crimicar Lane.
Can be caught from West Street outside Varsity Bar, or from corner of Clarkson Street near Bar One on the Glossop Road side.
Drop offs are Broomhill shops, before you get to The York / HSBC, it then turns left at Somerfield, and heads down Fulwood Road, with numerous stops along there including Endcliffe Crescent (for Stepho, Woodvale, Crescent Flats, Sorby, Earnshaw, Halifax), Endcliffe Vale Road (for Riverdale, Endcliffe Vale Flats), and a stop further along the road for Ranmoor residents.

*Service runs from Transport Interchange, calling at the Rail Station front, and through the City at Fargate HSBC, then Reflex Bar, Varsity etc.


First Buses do unlimited Termly travel passes: eg Winter passes (13 weeks) £84.
They also do weekly student travel passes for £8.

(UCard or SHU Cards must be produced in both cases).


Trams

Sheffield Supertram has its own stop at Sheffield University.

Luckily for the students it is on the border of the Central Zone, and so travel between University, through the city, for all stops up to and including Sheffield Rail Station / Hallam University is capped at 80p each hourly pass.

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR TICKET FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR JOURNEY - Inspectors do come round and CAN force you to buy another if you can't produce a valid ticket whilest on board

Journies between University and Meadowhall take 25 minutes.

Blue Route - Halfway to Malin Bridge

If you are heading towards the city centre from University you want the service for HALFWAY, this service also runs to Sheffield Train Station, Granville Road (for Sheffield United), and Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre.

Yellow Route - Middlewood to Meadowhall Interchange
You can also take a yellow tram from University, the service for MEADOWHALL is the one you want.

This service also runs to Arena / Don Valley Stadium stop, for Hallam FM Arena, IceSheffield, Don Valley, and English Institute for Sport - also runs to Valley Centertainment for the UGC Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, and various eateries. Carbrook for Meadowhall Retail Park, and finally Meadowhall Interchange for the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, and Meadowhall Train / Bus Stations.

With your tickets you are allowed to change trams - so you can catch the Yellow one, into the city, change trams, and then get on a blue one to take the line for the train station (a mistake that many people make is to stay on, and then wonder why they miss their train).

At peak time there is a tram from University of Sheffield stop every 5 minutes on average.


If you are going to be hopping about, or taking a "long-distance" eg Meadowhall or Arena etc, return journey then a DayRider is your best buy, at £2.70 offers unlimited travel for the day; and considering the single from Uni to Meadowhall is £1.70 you can see why not to have to buy one outbound single, and then an inbound single !


Trains

Trains from Sheffield offer links to the rest of the country.

To London (St Pancras Interim (in the nearby future International)), the Midland Mainline service takes around 2 1/2 hours.

Services to Manchester Airport / Piccadilly are frequent, at around every 30 minutes, either from Central Trains, or TransPennine Express, taking little over an hour to Piccadilly.

With services to Liverpool Lime Street offered by Central Trains taking 2 hours.

Local long winded services to Leeds and Wakefield are available but stop at the little stations that you see wizz pass on speedy services - better instead to catch a luxurious Virgin Voyager who's services seem to go everywhere, including Plymouth, Birmingham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Dundee, Newcastle.

Northern Rail do however now an hourly one-hour service to Leeds calling only at Meadowhall, Rotherham, Wakefield Westgate and Leeds, and I would suggest you hit these (or the Virgins) if you want to maximise your time in Leeds.

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Reply 1
Thanks for this! All the info is great :smile:

I got really confused last I went north (Manchester) with all the different bus companies charging different fares for different distances. Is Sheffield the same?.. I mean if you didn't have a weekly pass..
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Reply 2
Elle
Thanks for this! All the info is great :smile:

I got really confused last I went north (Manchester) with all the different bus companies charging different fares for different distances. Is Sheffield the same?.. I mean if you didn't have a weekly pass..



You'll find that the ticket prices on First are the same no matter which bus number you catch up to Broomhill - obviously it just depends on your drop off/pick up point.

Think it was 70p to Uni from Broomhill Shops/Whitham Road - it has been known to be able to get from Broomhill to Transport Interchange (Route 60) for 80p.

The fares are pretty cheap - they do go up outside term time, ie they'll be more expensive fares from Broomhill to Union now, than it was during the Exam Period 2 weeks ago !

Fares don't change at weekends.
Reply 3
Vagely tangentially connected to this, if you're getting the tram up to HIllsborough for exams, they sometimes say you can't get a return ticket because these need to be authorised specifically by the company before an event. If you do, just argue the toss, they'll give you a ticket eventually.
Reply 4
Cheers :smile:
Reply 5
Chrism
Vagely tangentially connected to this, if you're getting the tram up to HIllsborough for exams, they sometimes say you can't get a return ticket because these need to be authorised specifically by the company before an event. If you do, just argue the toss, they'll give you a ticket eventually.



£1.50 Event Return for Hillsborough (Lepping Lane) from University stop; valid for Exams, as well as Sheffield Wednesday matches.

University will always have gotten in touch with Supertram to make this offer available at exam times.
Reply 6
Good info Andrew, you've even taught me a few things!

- Adam
Reply 7
Thanks a lot for this info, its really helpful. From what I can gather, you recommend walking down the hill to uni, and then getting the bus back up.

How about to the train station? Is it walkable? Would the no.60 bus or the tram be the best option, how long does it take to get there?

Cheers
Reply 8
when going into town for a night out, do many people get taxis? or do most people walk all the way back to halls? (btw do buses stop about 11.30pm? seems to be about the norm)
Reply 9
benst86
Thanks a lot for this info, its really helpful. From what I can gather, you recommend walking down the hill to uni, and then getting the bus back up.

How about to the train station? Is it walkable? Would the no.60 bus or the tram be the best option, how long does it take to get there?

Cheers

When i came to sheffield for my interview in november I walked from the Union to the station.. took about 20 minutes, if you fancy saving the few pennies you'd spend on the tram. You DO have to walk through Hallam-country tho :rolleyes:
Reply 10
amyitfc
when going into town for a night out, do many people get taxis? or do most people walk all the way back to halls? (btw do buses stop about 11.30pm? seems to be about the norm)


Some get taxis some walk, depends if your in town or the union. The union is much closer and only 15mins walk to most halls via broomhill for a quick portion of chips or kebab, but some people are just lazy at night and get a taxi back.
Reply 11
benst86
Thanks a lot for this info, its really helpful. From what I can gather, you recommend walking down the hill to uni, and then getting the bus back up.

How about to the train station? Is it walkable? Would the no.60 bus or the tram be the best option, how long does it take to get there?

Cheers


Depends on where you are, and how much luggage you have with you.

If you're at your Halls, then a 60 bus to the Interchange, takes about 15 minutes.

If you're at Uni then a Blue Route tram leaves from West Street or University stops every 10 minutes, taking 8 minutes, and costing 70p.

Walking from the Union, about 25 minutes at a stroll.

From the Halls, I used to leave about 50 minutes to get down to the station.
Reply 12
Prices updated on the first post.


Also note the release of the new South Yorkshire Day Tripper which costs £3.95.

This allows travel on all Buses, Trams, and Trains within the SYPTE region.

And given that it works out cheaper than a Tram DayRider (£2.50) & a First DayRider (£2.50) then this should be the option that everyone uses if they want to go from Halls to Meadowhall on bus then tram.
Reply 13
For overseas students who need to go through London to go to or to return from Sheffield, there is a very cheap bus company which allows you to travel at a cost from 1 pound to 5 pounds for a London-Sheffield trip. It's far cheaper than train.
Reply 14
Travel Between Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield Airport - Sheffield

Firstly, Robin Hood Airport is located in Finningley, near Doncaster - to get to the city you:

1) Need to catch the Airport Arrow - distinctive logos, cant miss it - information from the link below:
http://www.robinhoodairport.com/show_image.php?file_id=126
This will take you from the Airport ultimately to Doncaster Rail Station in around 25 minutes.

2) Then, take the Train - ask for a SINGLE TICKET TO SHEFFIELD.
They'll tell you it's GBP 3.20, and then ask which platform that departs from and at what time.
The information screens may not help you as the final destination of the train is not neccessarily Sheffield.
Listen for the on train announcements for Sheffield - a good guide is that once you go past the big shopping centre with the dome on top (called Meadowhall - it has a train station that you may or may not stop at), the next station following Meadowhall Centre, will be Sheffield.

3) To get to the University from here, exit the station following signs for TRAMS, go to the nearside platform (ie don't cross the tram line), and take a Blue route tram, destination MALIN BRIDGE, and take it to UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD.

From here you'll be able to follow the specific instructions that you've been given by Accommodation Services with regards to checking in.
Reply 15
amyitfc
when going into town for a night out, do many people get taxis? or do most people walk all the way back to halls? (btw do buses stop about 11.30pm? seems to be about the norm)


I once started in the centre of sheffield and practically was at the university before I got a taxi on a saturday night-theres loads of work been done in the city centre at the moment, and some of the old taxi ranks have disappeared. Id recommend that if there were a few of you it wud probs be easier to just walk home.
I have tried to many websites for the bus routes and am getting so confused.
Could someone please tell me where I can get the bus for the collegiate campus from in the city...I am living in leadmill point btw.

I would like to know which busses travel at the top (clarkhouse road) and the bottom (ecclesall road) ends and where I can get them from.

Your help is much appreciated. Thanks

Johnny
Hey, whilst my head is dizzy with all the numbers and colours of buses and trams, I've noticed a lack of reference to the new development The Forge in Boston Street. As ppl may know, Shef Uni only went into partnership at the Forge cos they closed down more accommodation than planned whilst renovating. With this in mind, is there any regular bus service down our way? I didn't figure the uni would bother so much with ppl in what is prob considered temporary accommodation (ie not reg Halls), no womens' night bus. :frown: However, don't wanna be catching taxis all the time!!
PS
Thanks v v much for all this uber-useful info! :biggrin:
does anyone know what bus goes to Psalter Lane from Norfolk Park? the accommodation guy told me on the phone but my memory sucks so I've forgotten lol thanks!
Reply 19
bourdu
For overseas students who need to go through London to go to or to return from Sheffield, there is a very cheap bus company which allows you to travel at a cost from 1 pound to 5 pounds for a London-Sheffield trip. It's far cheaper than train.



Just an update on Megabus services from Sheffield.

These services used to run from Arundel Gate in Sheffield city centre, they now operate from Meadowhall Transport Interchange Bay A2.

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