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 Centre.

The hopper buses now 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.

Staff and students travelling to Nottingham City Hospital are also able to travel free of charge on the Medilink and L12 services - simply show your University card. 

Reintroduction of the 903 Derby Road hopper service from 12 April 

With effect from Monday 12 April we will be reintroducing the 903 Derby Road hopper service. This service will run from late afternoon into the evening to provide connectivity for students at times when the local networks are at their highest capacity. This service has also been extended to operate on Saturday.

All our hopper buses are COVID-19-secure and safe to travel on, however you are encouraged to use active travel for short journeys where appropriate. 

Services are running at reduced capacity to support social distancing, with one person per row of two seats and face coverings must be worn, exceptions apply. 


As of 5 August 2018, the hopper bus services are operated by Arriva Midlands.

Tel: 01332 861 510


Hopper bus website

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

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD