Uni Academic Passes

Uni is a piece of cake

Catching the bus to uni is a piece of cake with NCT, thanks to our dedicated uni bus services on to campus and a great network of bus services throughout Nottingham too. We also serve NTU's Brackenhurst Campus and Loughborough Town Centre.

There's no other transport operator who can take you to the heart of campus like we do! 

Our friendly drivers will help you get to lectures and for nights out too, with all buses fitted with CCTV for your added safety, and many with USB charging points to keep your devices topped up as well.

The NCTX Buses app is a must have - it lets you plan journeys, see in real time where your buses are and check your bus timetables. Download it from your APP Store now.

NCT offers cashless ways to travel to uni, so you'll always be able to pay for your journey and won't need to fiddle with cash.

Plan your journey to uni here.

Academic Year Pass - from just 87p per day!

One off payment, offering unlimited travel all day, every day from 1st September 2023 to 31st July 2024.

Valid at the weekends and during holidays too.

Type of Student Nottingham City Zone Nottingham City Zone and Outer Zone
Nottingham Trent University Student £289 - includes to Brackenhurst << See Nottingham City Zone price
University of Nottingham Student £289 £469
Other Students £289 £469

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Here's where to buy from 21st August 2023 (see below for proof of student requirements):

  • NCTX Buses App - iOS - your mobile phone is your bus ticket
  • NCTX Buses App - Android - your mobile phone is your bus ticket
  • Travel Centre - 5 South Parade, Nottingham, NG1 2JS
  • University Campuses - you'll find us on NTU City, NTU Clifton and University Park Campuses at the start of term

To qualify for student discount, students must present (at the time of purchase) a valid photo ID issued by their UK college or university that shows a course expiry date. NUS Extra, ISIC and TOTUM cards are not accepted. Travel can only be purchased for periods of travel that do not exceed the expiry date shown on the Student ID.

Buy online or on our NCTX Buses app, where you can upload your proof of age, which can include a passport, driving licence or any other valid ID under the PASS scheme. Once purchased, click on 'Get Verified' where you’ll be asked to upload a selfie and then how you would like to verify your account. We strongly recommend you select online verification which will trigger an email inviting you to upload your proof of entitlement. Your account is usually verified within 24 hours.

Any application for a refund must be made within 12 months of the purchase date of the ticket or pass, except in the case of special academic products, which must be made by 31st March within the Academic Year of purchase.


Easyrider is a convenient, pre-paid smart travel card which provides travel across the NCT network and is the cheapest way to travel on NCT buses.

Alongside our Academic Year pass, you can also buy shorter periods of travel, such as a week or month at a time, or buy individual days in bulk.

Find out more here.

NCTX Buses App

Pay per trip or day on the NCTX Buses app, including some exclusive tickets just for students in the Nottingham City Zone:

  • £2 per trip
  • £4 for unlimited 24 hour use

Find out more here.


Contactless is the convenient, cashless way to pay for your NCT bus travel.

With Contactless Tap & Go, simply tap your contactless card or device on the reader when you board the bus and the system will work out the best capped price for all the journeys you make during the day.

  • £2 for one trip
  • £4 for two trips
  • £5.20 day cap for unlimited all day use in Nottingham
  • £7.50 day cap for unlimited all day use in Nottingham and the Outer Zone

Find out more here.