Town Centre to the Crichton:
Bus number 5 connects the town centre with the campus and the journey takes around 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the time of day. The service is regular during the day and is less frequent in the evenings. You can view the latest timetable here.
A single ticket costs £1.10 and a return costs £1.95. Return tickets can be used for 1 month from the date issued, and are valid in either direction. Season tickets are also available.
Taxis are cheap in Dumfries. A standard ride from the town centre to campus costs around £4-5. Most cars have four seats, but some have more. It’s recommended that you book taxis in advance. There are several taxi companies in Dumfries- here are a few numbers for you:
McLeans Taxis – 01387 247 474
Station Taxis – 07500 050 060
Burns Taxis – 01387 250 507
Premier Taxis – 01387 250 000
Trains from Dumfries run towards north towards Kilmarnock and Glasgow and south towards Carlisle and Newscastle.
If you get the train more than a few times a year, it’s worth checking out the 16-25 Railcard, which gets you 1/3 off all rail journeys. The railcard costs £30 and is valid for one year. For example, the £20.50 open return to Glasgow is reduced to £13.55. Don’t worry over 25’s- if you are a full time student you are also eligible.
A popular journey for students is a trip to Carlisle. An off-peak day return costs £6 (or £3.95 with a railcard) and journey times are around 40 minutes each way. For more information on Dumfries station and services check the Scotrail website.
Long Distance Buses:
Buses to other towns and cities leave from the Whitesands. Popular routes are below:
X74 Dumfries -Beatock – Moffat – Hamilton – Glasgow.
500/X75 Dumfries – Newton Stewart – Stranraer
505 Dumfries – Dalbeattie – Auchencairn – Kirkcudbright
101/102 Dumfries – Edinburgh
Driving & Parking:
Dumfries is easily accessible from motorways from both North and South. It is worth noting the campus is slightly out of town but ‘The Crichton’ is well signposted from all directions. If you are following a SatNav our postcode on campus is DG1 4ZL.
There are generally a lot of parking available outside most of the campus buildings but please take note of disabled and staff spaces.
There are a number of car parks in the town centre, but please be aware that most of Dumfries works on either a Parking Permit or Disc system so check signs before parking. Discs can be found in most shops in Dumfries and the Tourist Information. Check here for details on parking in Dumfries
A lot of students cycle to and from university and Dumfries has multiple cycle routes around the town. Information on routes can be found on the GoSmart website. There is also a bike hire system operating in Dumfries and bike stations around town and even on campus. More on Bike2Go bicycles and how to hire them can be found here
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