Bus Travel in Leicester

From Roman history to space exploration, discover some of England’s most unique and unusual stories with Arriva

One of the oldest established cities in Britain with a history stretching back over 2000 years, today Leicester is a vibrant multi-cultural metropolis as well as being a world-renowned centre for learning with its two Universities.

Leicester and Leicestershire are famous for their connection with one of the bloodiest battles in English history, and the discovery over 500 years later of King Richard III’s remains buried beneath a city car park. Thomas Cook, the pioneer of modern tourism, ran his first railway excursion here in 1841 and visitors can follow in his footsteps today, catching a steam train on the Great Central Railway.

Love the arts? Check out De Montfort Hall and the Curve Theatre.  The annual Riverside Festival is great for live music fans, and if you fancy a laugh the Comedy Festival is the biggest and longest running in Europe with 560 shows across 64 venues.

Make sure to check out the Golden Mile; a vibrant marketplace for Indian food, spices, fashion and jewellery, the area is a shining example of Leicester’s cultural diversity and its world-famous Diwali celebrations are the largest outside India.

We offer over a network of bus routes connecting the City of Leicester with market towns including Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Nuneaton, Rugby… and of course the nearby City of Coventry too!


Zone maps

Take a look at our zone maps showing bus routes and ticket zone boundaries:

View Terms & Conditions here

Tap On Tap Off

Tap On Tap Off, the quick and easy way to pay for your bus travel at the best price, is now on board Arriva buses across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Simply hop on the bus and tap on with your driver using a credit/debit card or with Google Pay or Apple Pay and when you leave just tap off with the dedicated reader. We then automatically calculate and charge the best adult fare. 

So, you can tap on and off as many times as you want and travel knowing you’ll always pay the best price.

When you travel with us your fare will be capped at our ZoneOne Day or Weekly ticket price.  If you also travel with First and Centrebus your fare will be capped at the Leicester Flexi Day or Weekly ticket price.  For more information on multi-operator travel click here to visit the Leicester Buses website.

We’re proud to be part of the Leicester Buses Partnership, bring together Leicester City Council and all Leicester’s bus companies to help transform Leicester’s bus network. Click here to visit the Leicester Buses website, and learn more about our Big Bus Plan. 

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