(Northern Ireland Transport Statistics 2008-09)
Due to its central location the University has good bus and train connections. Public transport has many advantages over the car; no car parking space is required, no congestion and hence better punctuality, plus it is cheaper if you consider all the costs of a car. Queen's has a number of offers available to staff and students to encourage them to use public transport.
The University offers salaried employees the opportunity to purchase a Translink Annual Travel Commuter card by way of an interest free loan. A loan of up to £2,000 is available to purchase a travel card for the purposes of commuting to work. The loan is repaid via 10 monthly salary deductions.
If you are applying for a loan for the first time you will require a Translink application form which is available by clicking here. Once in receipt of a quotation for your journey, click here for further information, a university application form and terms and conditions.
Students are encouraged to use the bus or train as the best way to travel and also save money. To qualify for discounts on public transport journeys (typically up to 33 per cent on rail and 15 per cent on bus journeys), students should purchase a Translink student discount card – click here for further details.
If travelling within Belfast, students should opt for a Metro Smartlink card. This multi-journey card offers increased flexibility and major savings on regular trips. Smartlink cards and top-ups are now available from the Students’ Union reception. Students should be aware of various public transport promotions that will be offered at the start of term.
For up-to-date information on public transport timetables, please click here.