Shuttle bus

Need to dash to other campuses?

College members can catch the free Imperial campus shuttle bus.

Imperial Shuttle Bus

A shuttle bus service is available for staff and students providing free transport between the South Kensington, White City and Hammersmith campuses on weekdays, in line with teaching, learning and research duties. Each coach offers free WiFi available on board.

This is not a commuter service - if you live locally will need to use public transport to travel to campus. 

Pick-up points

South Kensington: Temporarily: To the rear of Sherfield Building - see the South Kensington Shuttle Bus Temporary Map 
White City: At the White City North car park -  see Maps of White City campus and its vicinity 
Hammersmith: Outside the Burlington Danes Building - see Map of Hammersmith Campus‌ 

Key information

  • Travel timings are approximate.  Although we do our best to adhere to the timetables, London traffic is frequently subject to delays. 
  • Who can travel: Staff and students who need to travel between campuses.
  • Booking my journey: Pre-booking your journey is essential. To pre-book, please complete a request here no later than midnight on the day prior to your travel. (Note: If opening the booking app in Safari, please turn off the Privacy setting ‘Prevent cross-site tracking’.
  • What you'll need: Along with confirmation of your reservation, you will need to show valid College ID when boarding. 

Shuttle Bus timetable - 2021-22

East-West route

 When does it run?South Kensington departure time
White City departure
time
Hammersmith arrival time
Term time only
(Green Route)
 08.15  08.45  08.50
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 09.15  09.45  09.50
Term time only
(Green Route)
 10.15  10.45  10.50
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 11.15  11.45  11.50
Term time only
(Green Route)
 12.15  12.45  12.50
Term time and vacation 
(Red Route)
 13.15  13.45  13.50
Term time only
(Green Route)
 14.15  14.45  14.50
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 15.15  15.45  15.50
Term time only
(Green Route)
 16.15  16.45  16.50
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 17.15  17.45 (arrives)  _
Term time only
(Green Route)
 17.35  18.05 (arrives)  _
 
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West-East route

 When does it run?Hammersmith departure timeWhite City departure timeSouth Kensington arrival time
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 08.00  08.10  08.35
Term time only
(Green Route)
 08.55  09.05  09.30
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 10.00  10.10  10.35
Term time only
(Green Route)
 10.55  11.05  11.30
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 12.00  12.10  12.35
Term time only
(Green Route)
 12.55  13.05  13.30
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 14.00  14.10  14.35
Term time only
(Green Route)
 14.55  15.05  15.30
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 16.00  16.10  16.35
Term time only
(Green Route)
 16.55  17.05  17.30
Term time and vacation
(Red Route)
 –  17.55  18.20
 
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Shuttle Bus FAQs

I am a resident at GradPad / the local area - Why can't I use the shuttle bus to travel to campus?

The College does not cover the cost of travel from a person's main residence to their place of work or study. The shuttle bus is intended for those requiring to travel between campuses over the course of the day in line with their duties.

Conditions of Travel

Conditions of Travel

  • All passengers must have a valid student or staff College ID card in order to travel on the shuttle bus service.
  • Seats are available on a first-come first-served basis; the seating capacity cannot be exceeded.
  • No standing. 
  • On some services a number of seats will be taken by a pre booking agreement with Head of Department. Please do not use these seats until the driver makes them available.
  • Chemistry TA’s must make themselves known to the driver as soon as possible and must present their Priority Pass stamped by the Head of Department to the driver.
  • The driver is responsible for the safety of the vehicle.  Do not talk to or distract the driver whilst the vehicle is in motion.
  • There is a no-smoking policy on all College and Commonwealth Coaches vehicles.
  • The services will only terminate at South Kensington and Hammersmith, passengers will be asked to leave the vehicle at these points.
  • Passengers are not allowed to remain on the vehicle without a driver being present.
  • Dropping off points and pick up points are at the designated bus stops only (see above).
  • The consumption of food and alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • Please do not litter. Notices or flyers and display posters are not allowed on the coaches.
  • Do not play loud music - please use headphones and show consideration for other passengers
  • The service being offered is a passenger carrying service only, however transportation of chemistry and biological substances category B samples must comply with the 'Transport of Samples on the College Shuttle Bus' guidance.

Examples of what can be carried in the coach cabin 

  • small rucksuck 
  • handbags 
  • small sports bag 
  • small sports holdall 
  • brief cases
  • tennis rackets placed in the overhead areas
  • hockey sticks placed in the overhead areas
  • a small case that can sit on your lap 

Items that must not be put into the coach cabin 

These types of items, goods or equipment are not permitted on the coaches, such items can be sent in the internal mail via the post room or couriers. 

  • suitcases*
  • PCs and TV monitors
  • prams/buggies
  • building materials and tools
  • office materials e.g. boxes of paper 
  • skateboards
  • scooters
  • fold-up bikes
  • trolleys
  • bags of shopping 
  • boxes of food and drink
  • large musical instruments*
  • glass objects

*The driver may allow suitcases and muscial istruments to be placed in the luggage compartments of the coach but this is at the Driver's discretion and whether the journey time allows for loading and unloading of these items. All items going in the luggage hold are left at the owner's risk.