Travel Information

Free Bus Pass & Travel

Here at Marple Sixth Form we’re well connected, which is one of the many reasons why our students travel from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire to study with us. There are lots of cheap and easy ways for you to get to our campuses – find out more below.

Your Free Bus Routes to Marple Sixth Form College

Students need to show their Marple Sixth Form College ID to use the bus.

Please note: Timings below are approximate – please be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time.

If you have any questions about the free bus routes, please email

Our Pass

Our Pass is a membership scheme for young people who live in Greater Manchester, and supports both school leavers and care leavers. Those eligible have the chance to become a member – and potentially enjoy two things:

First, free bus travel across Greater Manchester. For a one-off £10 fee, members can travel on most local buses, any day of the week, for free. No hassle, no fuss, no tickets: just a card that will get you where you want to go. Members can also get half-price off-peak 1 day and weekend travelcards on Metrolink.

Second, membership unlocks exclusive offers and experiences: discounts, special offers, free tickets, swimming and leisure passes, merchandise, taster sessions and much more.

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Our Pass

How else can you travel to college?

For Sat Nav and online mapping services use the postcode SK6 7QY.

The college is just a 10 minute walk from both Marple and Rose Hill railway stations. From here there are regular train services from Manchester Piccadilly, New Mills, Romiley, Reddish, Bredbury, Brinnington, Gorton and Hyde.

There are also numerous bus services which serve the college from around the region. These include the 358, 375, 377, 378, 383, 384 and 394. However please check with bus operators as these services are subject to change.  

Train, Metrolink and bus operators also offer discounted weekly, monthly, termly and annual season tickets for students. These tickets can be used for multiple journeys at any time and are valid anywhere in Greater Manchester, not just between your home and college. These tickets can be purchased online from the relevant transport operator or at your local Paypoint outlet. Visit for locations.

These cards can be used on virtually all public transport services in Greater Manchester, regardless of which company runs them. If you are aged 16 – 26 and in full time education, you will need to get a System One student membership card to buy student bus passes. These Travelcards can be purchased online at or at your local paypoint outlet. Visit for locations.