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FREE Travel to College

Middlesbrough College has a fantastic travel package for all fulltime students.

Student on bus

Travelling to and from College shouldn’t be an issue, which is why we‘ve teamed up with the area’s biggest bus and train operators to offer students FREE* bus travel and REIMBURSED weekday train travel to and from Middlesbrough College.

Whether students live 15 or 50 minutes away, there are a number of bus and train routes available to make the journey that bit easier.

Please note: The free travel offer is for Full-time students.

Free* Bus Travel

We also offer free* bus travel to full-time students across the Tees Valley on compass Royston, Stagecoach and Arriva North East. You can plan your journey to and from college at Connect Tees Valley or alternatively pick up a timetable from student services.

Compass Royston – MC Mover

Students are able to access a free shuttle bus, the MC Mover, which runs between BBC Tees and Middlesbrough College throughout the day. It also serves TTE on a morning and on an afternoon. Timetables are available on the College website and from Student Services.

The MC Mover stops at TTE. Click here to view the MC Mover Timetable.

Student on a bus


Free* weekday travel up to 9pm effective from Monday 4th September 2023 until Friday 28 June 2024 inclusive, on the Stagecoach North East while services are in operation. You can travel on weekends and holidays (not including the Summer holidays) at a reduced fare of £1 per journey when you show your ID card.

Arriva North East

Free* weekday travel up to 9pm effective from Monday 4th September 2023 until Friday 28 June 2024 inclusive. This will cover the Teesside and East Cleveland area only. You can travel on weekends and holidays (not including the Summer holidays) at a reduced fare of £1 per journey when you show your ID card.

Whitby (Arriva):

Term Time: direct travel to/from Whitby to Middlesbrough using Service X4 or X93 on College days only up to 9pm.

After 7pm / Weekends / Holiday periods (not including the Summer holidays):

  • X4 – you can only travel to/from Whitby at the reduced fare of £1 per journey.   
  • X93 – reduced rate of £1 per journey valid to Guisborough only and NOT valid to/from Whitby on weekends/holiday periods. 

*Please note, there is a £5 administration fee if you travel by bus for your travel sticker and this is payable each term.

MC Dedicated Bus Services

New for September 2023, the previous MC2 and MC4 have now merged. MC2 now includes Saltburn, Marske and New Marske.

Reimbursed Train Travel

Those students living further away from Middlesbrough College may find that rail is the perfect way of getting to College each day. In order to take advantage of free train travel, you will be expected to purchase 16-17 Saver Rail Card which costs just £30 per year and will save you 50% on your train fare. Middlesbrough College will then reimburse the remaining 50% of your train fair when travelling from one of the named stations below – irrespective of your home postcode

Stations include:  Darlington North Road, Darlington Bank Top, Dinsdale, Allens West, Eaglescliffe, Hartlepool, Seaton Carew, Seaham, Thirsk, Northallerton, Yarm, Thornaby and Stockton.

With the 16-17 Saver Card you will be able to travel across the National Rail network, except on ScotRail and the Caledonian Sleeper, so you can use it on weekends and college holidays to go on shopping trips or days out. Visit to apply for your Saver Card today.

If you are 18+, then please bring your normal fare ticket to Student Services for this to be reimbursed. There will also be a £5 administration fee if you are 18 and travel by train for your travel sticker and this is payable each term.

Train tickets must be handed in on a weekly basis to ensure reimbursement. College ID cards will not give students free train travel.

For further information on eligibility and the process of refunds, our Student Services department will be happy to help on 01642 333278.

The Trainline has put together a guide to the 16-25 Railcard to help students travel around the UK and save money on train tickets. Click here to find out more.

For more information about keeping safe on public transport and to download the Railway Guardian app, click here.

Train at a station
By Bike

If you want to travel and get fit, the College is on a number of the major cycle routes, and we provide secure cycle parking facilities.

Cars in car park
By Car

Car parking permits can be purchased from the Help Centre on the Bridge (1.1140) (card payments only). Your permit then needs to be displayed on the window or dashboard of the student’s car. You can also apply for a car parking permit if you are travelling by motor-cycle.

Student car parking fee is £12 per term

I.D Cards

During enrolment, each student will be given an induction ID which will act as a travel pass. This pass will last until November when students will be given a sticker to apply to the card with ‘term1’. In January the following year, learners will also be provided with a further ‘term2’ sticker. In April, learners will also be provided with a further ‘term 3’ sticker.

Losing your card

It’s important for students to have their ID on them at all times, however, should learners misplace the card, we offer a replacement service. We ask our students to act sensibly on their travels. Anyone involved in causing disruption or concern on the above transport routes may have their card confiscated.

Card replacement cost:

  • 1st replacement – Free
  • 2nd replacement – £1
  • 3rd replacement – £2
  • 4th replacement – £5

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