Data Reveals Which UK Cities Have the Best Public Transport Links

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the best connected cities in the uk

Are you looking to explore your university city or planning your next trip home? The UK has excellent transport links to help you hop from one location to the next. Discover which cities in the UK are the best connected and how to save a few extra coins without compromising your adventures.


London – Cheapest City to Travel In & The Most Train Stations


Surprisingly, London is the cheapest city to travel in, where approximately 11% of your expenses will be spent on travel compared to Glasgow, where travellers will spend an average of 13% of their costs on public transport.


TFL offers its visitors a daily cap, limiting how much they pay for their daily or weekly journeys. Make as many journeys as you like, and when all your fares add up to a certain amount, you won’t be charged any more. Daily caps may vary depending on the time of day you travel and the transport you use.

London is famously known for its dot-to-dot underground train line service – more commonly referred to as The Tube or The Underground, which you can use to visit approximately 375 stations, putting itself in first place for the city with the highest number of train stations, followed by Glasgow with 186 stations and Manchester with 92. Meanwhile, top university cities such as Birmingham, Coventry, and Liverpool rank in the bottom three with a collective sum of 11 train stations. 

Cheapest UK city to travel in


Stoke-on-Trent – Most Bus Stops Per 100,000 People


While London may be the cheapest city to travel in, Stoke-on-Trent is, in fact, the most convenient, with over 649 bus stops per 100,000 people located across the city – bus-hop from one location to another, whether you’re visiting home or exploring some of Stoke-on-Trent’s hidden gems.

uk city with the most bus stops


Nottingham – Most Bus Routes Per 100,000 People


Bus travel is much more accessible in Nottingham, as the city ranks number one in the UK. For every 100,000 people, Nottingham has approximately 58 different bus routes.


Leeds – Most Student Residences Per 100,000 People


Whatever uni you go to, you’ll never be short of student accommodation in Leeds. For every 100,000 students, there are approximately 10,920 accommodation spots.

uk city with most student accommodation


Glasgow – Closest Airport to the City Centre


Whether you’re a regular jet setter or planning to take a flight back home, many of us have anxiety about missing our flight. Discover how long it would take you to get to the airport from your local city centre.


For those living in Glasgow and its surrounding areas, you’ll be glad to know that Glasgow International Airport is top of the list for the shortest travel distance. It takes approximately 16 minutes from Glasgow Town Centre to reach it.

uk city centres close to the airport


Student Accommodation Near Me


Are you planning to move to one of the UK’s best-connected cities? Discover Fresh’s central student accommodation located in the top city centres!





Data analysts collected data using desk research. Factors such as the number of student residences, bus stops, and bus routes were all calculated and weighted using a population of 100,000.

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