By- Julian Chok
“Helping to solve your Buses transportation problems in Sheffield.”
The public transports in Sheffield are very convenient and easy vehicles for every local citizen, foreigners, even students who are staying over here.
As a student, our SWAG experienced is that you will be reluctant to spend more money in unnecessary things in your daily life. And that, SWAG had provided some useful guidelines for you to know how to pay less for the public transport in Sheffield, as well as to save up your time.
Sheffield is city surrounded with different public transportation such as buses, Supertram, trains and taxis.
Need to get around the Sheffield city centre rapidly and easily? FreeBee bus is the right choice.
FreeBee bus is a public transport owned by the Travel South Yorkshire organisation. Mandeep Sohal, manager of Traveline organisation in Sheffield, said: “FreeBee bus service was launched on October 2007; the purposes of this free service is to help people to save cost and save them from walking around Sheffield, and also provide them an efficiency service.”
The FreeBee Bus will link to popular city centre locations for every 7 minutes from Sheffield interchange to the main city centre shopping areas, as well as Sheffield Hallam University.
The most importantly the FreeBee is a FREE bus service and it is operates from 0700 to 1900 weekdays, and 0800 to 1900 on Saturdays.
A pre-master student in SHU, Susan Song is a FreeBee bus user. She said: “Most of the time freebee is my first choice, if I am not going too far away from Sheffield.”
Below are the places to visit at each popular city centre locations:
1.Sheffield Interchange à 2.Flat Street à 3.Castle Street à 4.Norfolk Street à 5.Pinstone Street Town Hall à 6.Furnival Gate à 7.Charter Row à 8.Fitzwilliam Gate à 9.Eyre Street à 10. Furnival Street à 11.Sheffield Hallam University@ Sheffield Station
To find out more about FreeBee, you may visit the official website: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com or call Traveline on 01709515151.
The three main buses in Sheffield
If you have plans to study in Sheffield and you stay far away from your university. Don’t get too worried about it. There are many buses that let you to travel around the places you want to go.
The manager of Traveline organisation in Sheffield, Mandeep Sohal said: “There are 3 main different buses companies operating in Sheffield city, those are FIRST, Stagecoach and TM Travel. These buses give the best transportation services to the passengers in Sheffield.”
FISRT operates 7 days a week. One of the best things about this bus service is that it offers student fares to those who hold a University ID card. With that, you’ll be able use the bus services with special student discounts.
International student, Susan Song says that the bus fare is cheaper with a student card. FIRST provide student fare from only just 50 pence per way for each student.
If you are frequently traveling by bus, you may purchase the package of unlimited weekly, monthly, even annually travels on FIRST buses service. You can rely on FIRST to go any places you want for the whole period. The prices depend on which packages you buy and which location you are on.
You may also purchase the ticket via online booking:
For student you may visit: https://www.firstgroup.com/students/buy.php.
Another bus option for students is TM TRAVEL in Sheffield. Students are allowed to use the TM TRAVEL bus service for only 60 pence, just show your University student ID to driver and that’s it.
TM TRAVEL also provides the package of unlimited one day and weekly travels for passengers’ convenient. These packages are there to help save up money for those passengers who frequently travels by bus.
Andrew Bromley, 33, from Leeds, a SHU student support staff said: “TM TRAVEL buses have a long history in the UK since 1995 and because of that, TM TRAVEL is reliable and they manage to provide good service for us.”
If you would like to search out more about the bus routes, you may visit http://www.tmtravel.co.uk/bus-times/south-yorkshire/ for more details.
Stagecoach is a bus company which is the same as Supertram as well. Stagecoach consists of two types of packages, which are Megarider and Unirider.
Students studying in Sheffield, Unirider package is the ideal package for you to travel around in Sheffield. This package is available for buses and Supertram transportations.
However, Unirider ticket cannot be transferred and you must always have your university student ID to show to the driver when you’re traveling with these vehicles. It cost 95pence for a day and you can go wherever places you want.
If you are traveling the bus for a single journey, you can just purchase the one-way ticket which cost 60pence.
This Unirider ticket is available for the routes on services, which are 20/20A, 25, 35A, 43A, 52, 58, 78, 70, 83, 87, 88/88A, 120, 123, X57.
If you want to pre-book your bus ticket, you may visit http://www.stagecoachbus.com/ for further details.
Andrew Bromley is also a bus user in Sheffield. He said the buses today in Sheffield provides better quality service than before.