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Transport and Travel

At Queen’s University, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact. In support of this commitment, a Queen's Travel Survey is undertaken every two years. This survey allows us to understand how we might encourage more students and staff to travel more sustainably to and from campus.

Travel Survey Findings 2018

Travel Guidance and Advice

Active Travel Month

June 2023

June is Active Travel Month and Queen’s encourage staff to go green by cycling, walking or taking public transport into work. During Active Travel Month, Queen’s run a number of events, including ‘Bike to Work Week’ and ‘Walking Week’.

View the Bike Week programme of events here.

Travel Cards
Staff and student travel cards are available from Translink

Staff Travel to Work Loan Scheme

The University offers salaried employees an interest-free loan towards the purchase of an annual travel card. A loan of up to £2,500 is available to purchase a travel card for the purpose of commuting to work. The loan is repaid via 10 month salary deductions. To download further information, terms and conditions, and an application form, click here.

Request an aLink quote

Translink offers an annual travel card, which includes 20% discount on your specified bus or train journey and free weekend travel.

To request an aLink quote from Translink please click here.


To qualify for discounts on public transport (50% off bus and rail journeys from 6 March 2023), students should purchase a Translink yLink card. For further information click here.

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Big Loop Bike Hub
In partnership with the Turnaround Project and their 'Big Loop Bikes' initiative, Queen's University Belfast introduced a Bike Hub

Would you like a bike to get around campus quicker and easier? For £84, you can get a new bike for the academic year and hand it back again next summer!

Our new Bike Hub is located in Level 1 of the Administration Building, opposite the McClay Library. The Hub offers lease bikes, refurbished second-hand bikes, puncture repair, safety equipment and much more.

The Big Loop Bike Hub a range of services for old and new cyclists alike to help you get around campus faster, easier and safer.

  • Students can lease a bike for the academic year
  • Staff and students can purchase a refurbished second-hand bike
  • A range of servicing options are available, including puncture repair, gear and brake fixing and full service availability
  • Book a service through the Hub’s Eventbrite page
  • A range of cycle safety equipment can be purchased, including lights, locks and helmets
  • Bus

    The university is well served by public transport, particularly Metro bus services. For a full list of Metro services, click here.

    For up-to-date online timetable information, click here. A breakdown of associated costs can be found here

    ECIT/RVH Shuttle Bus

    A shuttle bus, provided by the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, operates between Belfast City Hospital (bus stop at the side of the Tower Block) and Royal Victoria Hospital (bus stop at Royal Maternity). This service is free to staff and students on presentation of a staff/student card. Timetable details can be found by clicking here.

    Translink provide a scheduled service between Elmwood Avenue (adjacent to the Students’ Union) and the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), located in the Northern Ireland Science Park. Timetable details on this service can be found here.

  • Train

    The University is well served by public and train transport, with City Hospital and Botanic Avenue train stations within walking distance of the campus.

    For up-to-date online timetable information, click here. A breakdown of associated costs can be found here

  • Car

    Queen’s University aims to be a world leader in environmental and sustainable activities by encouraging and supporting environmental behaviour change amongst staff and students. Queen’s Sustainable Travel Plan encourages staff and students to consider alternative travel options, including using the train, bus, walking and cycling.

    Parking Permits

    The University issues car parking permits for a number of parking areas around the campus. The demand for car parking exceeds the provision and the permits are issued annually, subject to the payment of a fee.

    To find out how to apply for a permit, or how to update your details, please click car parking permit guide and our dedicated car parking page

    Any queries should be directed to ext. 5005 or 

  • Cycle Plus Scheme

    Cycle Plus, the University cycle to work scheme, offers staff the opportunity to obtain a bicycle and safety equipment at a discounted price by way of ‘salary sacrifice’. Cycle Plus is operated through Cyclescheme.

    By joining the scheme staff are eligible to hire a tax-free bike and safety equipment for work, up to the value of £3,000. (Requests above this limit (£3,000) will be considered on an individual basis, in exceptional circumstances.)

    If you are interested in the scheme, please visit the Cyclescheme website.

    To access the Cyclescheme website you must enter the unique University code of 60cd5a.

  • Cycling Equipment

    The following safety equipment is covered under the Cycle Plus Scheme:

    • Helmets
    • Bells and horns
    • Lights
    • Reflective clothing including jackets and over trousers
    • Mirrors and mudguards to ensure visibility is not impaired
    • Cycle clips and dress guards
    • Child safety seats
    • Panniers, luggage carriers, and straps
    • Locks and chains
    • Pumps, puncture repair kits, cycle tool kits, and tyre sealant

    A full list of Cyclescheme suppliers is available here

  • Secure Cycle Parking

    Bike stands are located across the University, generally in locations convenient to building entrances. The University has opted to install 'Sheffield' type cycle stands as they offer the best form of locking security for cyclists. To find out where your closest cycling stand is, email with your location.

    Access to secure cycle parking is by PIN access code only, which is supplied by the Travel Plan Co-ordinator upon receipt of a £10 annual fee. Staff requesting access to secure cycle parking should email their request to

    The University provides secure cycle parking for staff in a number of locations across the campus:

    • Side of Peter Froggatt Centre
    • Rear of McClay Library
    • Adjacent to Ashby Lab Block
    • Health Sciences Building
    • Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre
    • Institute of Clinical Sciences - Block B (RVH)
    • Rear of School of Pharmacy
    • Whitla Medical Building
  • Cycling Shower and Locker Facilities

    Shower and locker facilities are located in the following areas:

    • Administration Building
    • McClay Library
    • Whitla Medical Building
    • Institute of Clinical Sciences – Block A
    • David Keir Building
    • School of Biological Sciences
    • Main Site Tower
    • Health Sciences
    • Ashby Building
    • ECIT
    • Computer Science Building

    To gain access please download the relevant form and email it to

  • Cycle Security

    There are a number of simple actions you can take to secure your bike. Always budget for a good quality lock – staff and students can purchase a high quality 'D' lock, at a significantly reduced price (£10) from the Security Control Room (Level 1, Administration Building).

    If your bike is stolen on campus, please contact both the PSNI (Lisburn Road Neighbourhood Unit- phone 101 or and the University's Security team (028 9097 2222).

    The University and PSNI are working together to promote bike security. Free security marking is available from University Security (Level 1, Administration Building), or at regular promotional events throughout the academic year.

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