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Transportation in London

Students Riding the LTC

Students Riding the LTC

Students who need to get around London can take advantage of our bus, taxi and bicycle routes.

Public Bus Service: The London Transit Commission (LTC)

At Western, new (full-time) students will be able to use their student cards as a London Transit Commission bus pass. The London Transit Commission (LTC) operates public bus transportation in London and provides many routes through the city. Present both your bus pass and WesternOne student card and get on a bus without paying the fare!

You can find bus schedules on the LTC website or pick up paper copies at the InfoSource booth in the UCC. You can also visit the LTC's Real Time Bus Information to check the location of your bus online.

Please visit London Transit Commission website for more information.

There are also several unofficial applications that you may download on your smartphone, which will provide you with bus times and information.

Bus Fares, Tickets and Passes (part-time students and non-students)

If you are not eligible to receive a bus pass through the USC or SOGS, you can still use London Transit by using cash or bus tickets.

If you do not have a bus pass, ask for a ‘transfer’ after paying for your ride and save it to show to the next driver. Transfers give you approximately one hour and thirty minutes to get on your next bus or buses, including return trips, without paying again. 

Monthly Bus Passes give you unlimited bus trips for a month or unlimited bus trips from Monday to Friday. You must purchase your first bus pass at the LTC office downtown and pay for your new photo identification. After that, you can buy bus passes at Western Connections and some convenience stores. Show your pass to the bus driver each time you get on the bus.

Visit the LTC Fares Website for more information about pricing.

Campus Shuttle Bus Service

Free shuttle buses run between Brescia University College and King’s University College via main campus from Monday to Friday. You do not need to show a bus pass.  Bus routes are identified by a number on the front of the bus. Bus schedules and maps are available at the UCC, on the buses and on the King's website.

Mustang Express Late-Night Shuttle

The University Students' Council (USC) operates the Mustang Express, a late night shuttle service that provides students with safe transportation from downtown London after the LTC buses have stopped operating. For details please visit Mustang Express website.

Late-Night Exam Shuttle 

During the December and April exam periods the USC arranges a late night Exam Shuttle service for all students that departs from the Natural Science Building and Oxford Drive (in front of the UCC).

London Taxi Companies

It is safe to take a taxi in London. Taxis charge either per kilometer, or per zone and all charge a small fee as soon as you sit down ($3-$4)

Note: It is customary to tip the driver 10-15%.

Cycling in London: Purple Bikes

Western's Purple Bikes is a non-profit group that can help you take advantage of the many bike paths between campus and downtown London. In addition to promoting cycling at Western, Purple Bikes offers two great services:

Membership is open to students, staff, faculty and the greater London community for a five dollar annual fee.

Please visit Purple Bikes website for more information.

For more information on cycling in London, visit the City of London transportation choices website.