Hopper buses

Hopper bus parked on University Park campus

The University of Nottingham provides free hopper bus services that run between the main University Park Campus and Jubilee, Sutton Bonington and King's Meadow campuses, and the Royal Derby Hospital. 

The hopper buses use a ‘tap-on’ system, so if you have your university card with you, please tap the card reader machine next to the driver. If you don’t have a card, the driver will manually record your journey.

From 28 October 2023 we are trialling a free evening hopper bus service to Lenton and Beeston from University Park and Jubilee Campus - find out more below. 

Staff and students travelling to Nottingham City Hospital are also able to travel free of charge on Medilink - simply show your University card. 

 Changes to hopper bus timetables over the summer break

Hopper buses will operate on term time timetables up to and including Friday 21 June.

From Saturday 22 June hopper services will run on non-termtime schedules:

  • 901 and 902 hopper services operate on the same timetables year round
  • 903 and 904 hopper services will switch to non-term timetables
  • 906 will not run during the summer

Term timetables will recommence on Monday 23 September.

Timetables for all hopper bus services are available below.  

Changes to Medilink from 28 May 2024

 From Tuesday 28 May, Medilink will operate as two separate services:

 Medilink 1:

  • Operates between Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) and City Hospital
  • Operates Monday- Friday, every 12 minutes throughout the day

 Medilink 2

  • Operates between Queens Drive P&R and Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC)
  • Operates Monday- Friday, every 12 minutes throughout the day

This change means that anyone wishing to travel from Queens Drive to City Hospital will need to change buses at QMC.

Staff and students travelling to the Clinical Sciences Building (CSB) / Nottingham City Hospital will still be able to travel free of charge on Medilink - please show your University card to the driver when boarding.

902 Request only bus stop to connect with Gregory Street tram stop

On route from KMC to University Park, the 902 hopper bus can drop off passengers at the bus stop next to Gregory Street tram stop. This is a request only stop so on boarding please make the bus driver aware that you would like to get off the bus at the Gregory Street tram stop. 

Evening bus service trial extended to the summer term

Since October 2023 we have been trialling a free evening hopper bus service to Lenton and Beeston from University Park and Jubilee Campus. The new 906 hopper service operates Monday-Sunday throughout term time. Due to the service's popularity, the trial has now been extended to run throughout the summer term. 

The 906 leaves George Green Library every hour from 7.30pm – 10.30pm and serves bus stops across University Park, Jubilee Campus, Lenton and Beeston, including:
  • George Green Library and the Union Shop (for the Hallward Library) on University Park
  • The Exchange at Jubilee Campus
  • Ilkeston Road (Faraday Road and Albert Grove stops) and Derby Road (Canning Circus and Savoy Cinema stops) in Lenton 
  • Humber Road and Middle Street (Jessamine Court stop) in Beeston

The full timetable and route map are available below.  

The 906 restarts for the summer term on Monday 29 April. There will be no service on the two May Bank Holiday dates of Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May. 

901 Service update – NET Parking Enforcement at Clifton Park & Ride car park

We have been made aware that NET (the Nottingham tram operators) are taking enforcement action (vehicle clamping with a £140 release fee) against people that are parking at Clifton Park & Ride (P&R) and catching the 901 hopper bus.

Reminder to all UoN students and staff that parking at the Clifton Park & Ride car park is NOT free for Hopper bus users.

Clifton P&R is a tram-based P&R which means that free parking is for tram users not bus users.

NET have advised UoN that any Hopper bus users who want to use the Clifton P&R as a car park will need to buy a day pass for the tram. Users will need to provide evidence that they have a valid tram pass for the day they are parking if challenged by NET’s car park attendants at Clifton P&R.  The latest advice from NET states that if you purchase your tram pass via the NET GO app, then you can register your vehicle registration plate on the app - see the NET Support website for more information.

The Hopper bus primarily stops at Clifton P&R to provide Sutton Bonington Campus with a public transport connection to the Tram which can be used to connect to Nottingham City Centre.

If not being able to park for free at Clifton Park & Ride impacts your ability to get to work / study then you can look for alternative ways to travel via a free Personalised Travel Plan, and eligible students and staff can apply for a UoN car park permit .   


The hopper bus services are operated by Arriva Midlands.

Tel: 01332 861 510


Hopper bus website

For lost property, contact Arriva on the above.

Outside of office hours (6am-10pm Monday to Saturday, 9am-7pm Sunday) please contact University Security on:
0115 951 3013


Read more about the purpose of the University's hopper bus service [PDF]

Sustainability Team

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