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Student travel in Greater Manchester – get cheaper bus tickets!

Whether you want a day in the library or a night on the town, a trip to the cinema or a pub lunch, never worry about getting there with unirider from just 78p per day*.  

What is

unirider is the name of our student bus ticket.

Don’t worry about change for the bus when money is getting tight – pay at the start of the year or the term and never have to think about scraping together travel money again. No more walking home from campus in the rain, no more expensive late-night taxis. Once you buy your unirider, that’s it, you just show it to the driver, with your current student photo ID card, whenever you board one of our buses.

Where can I use it? 

If you can get there by bus with Stagecoach Manchester and Magic bus you can go with your unirider ticket... it’s valid throughout the Greater Manchester area. 

If you are staying in the popular student areas of Rusholme, Fallowfield, Didsbury or Withington our services run past the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Royal Northern College of Music to the city centre 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In this area we run buses more frequently and later than any other bus company. 

If you are unsure which Stagecoach or Magic bus you can plan your journey here or download the Stagecoach Bus App where you can also see live bus times and where you nearest bus stop is. Alternatively you can check if you can check if you area is covered on our area map (PDF).

Who can buy it? 

unirider is available to any student aged 16 or over. There’s no upper age limit. 

All you will need is student photo ID such as an NUS card or your College or University ID Card to show to the bus driver each time you travel.

How much is it? From 78p* per day 

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 Ticket type Price  Validity dates 
 annual unirider online  price  £235 1 September 2017 until 30 June 2018
 annual unirider agent price
 £240 1 September 2017 until 30 June 2018
 term 1  unirider (autumn) 
 £110 1 September 2017 until  31 December 2017
 term 2  unirider (spring)  
 £80  1 January 2018 until 31 March 2018
 term 2 & 3  unirider (spring & summer)  
 £145  1 January 2018  until 30 June 2018
 term 3  unirider (summer)  
 £75  1 April 2018 until 30 June 2018
 summer holiday  unirider   buy online now
 £70  1 July 2018 until 31 August 2018

 Where can I get one? 

Buy your unirider ticket online now   and we will deliver it to you.

Buy your ticket straight away from one of our agents


What if I lose it? 

We realise that there is a small chance of you losing your ticket, please look after it as it’s a valuable item.

Paper unirider tickets

If you lose your paper unirder ticket please complete and submit our replacement unirider form.

All replacement paper tickets cost £25 and we can only issue one replacement in each academic year.

Student Smart card

If your lost unirider ticket was on a Student Smart card please notify us either by logging into the My account section of this website of by contacting the StagecoachSmart Helpdesk on 0345 810 1000. 

*Price of 78p a day is based on the Stagecoach Manchester annual unirider online  price of £235 valid for 303 days.