Traveline Scotland - This site provides a comprehensive guide of transport options in Scotland, including a handy journey-planner and even a Carbon Calculator so you can work out the most eco-friendly travel option. They also have a free downloadable app for both Androids and iphones/ipods, which has saved me on many occasions! Their phone number (0871 200 22 33) is worth programming into your mobile, as they really are the best one-stop-shop if you end up stuck somewhere and need some advice. App for Android and iPhone
Google Maps - Always useful for working out locations, distances, timings, alternative routes and current weather, Google Maps also provides hours of fun (read procrastination…) trying to spot people you know on the Street View feature. App for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Nokia and other models
BUS AND COACH TRAVEL
Stagecoach - Operating the majority of the bus routes in East Scotland and much of those over the UK, the Stagecoach website provides journey planners and timetables and the option to buy monthly or yearly Megariders (season tickets). These are surprisingly cheap – a Fife Megarider + (unlimited travel on all Stagecoach services within Fife, Kinross, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, Falkirk, Edinburgh City and services into Dundee city centre and Ninewells Hospital) for a week costs only £24. A return to Edinburgh or Glasgow from St Andrews will currently set you back £12.50 (full fare), and a Fife Dayrider (unlimited travel in Fife for a day) costs £7.20. Additionally, you can buy Uniriders online, which are cheaper unlimited tickets for students on certain routes. Note that student fares on buses are only valid if you leave Fife, and not on Dayriders. [Accurate at 12/09/11]
Megabus - Known for their cheap prices and uncomfortable long overnight journeys, Megabus offer travel all over the UK by coach from just £1 (plus booking fee) if booked far in advance. They are the ultimate low-cost option, and offer buses from Dundee to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle and lots of other destinations.
National Express Coach - Similar to Megabus in its low-cost long-distance coaches, but slightly different destinations and provision for travel to particular events, National Express Coach is also well worth a look.
Top tip: The earlier you book the cheaper it will be, so plan ahead!
Railcard - Not a planning service but something to take note of – the 16-25 Railcard offers 1/3 off most rail fares in the UK to anyone aged 16-25 (inclusive) or any full time student, and costs £28 for a year. You can easily save the cost of the card on one return trip to London, for example, so for most people this is well worth the investment. Some banks offer a Railcard as an incentive to open a student account.
National Rail Enquiries - This is the hub for all rail services in the UK, with online times, tickets and fares, live departure boards, and information on special offers.
thetrainline.com – A one-stop shop for train tickets, including for the Eurostar and all-inclusive theatre breaks, with Advance ticket prices clearly listed on the front page (note these are the same as the Advance fares elsewhere!). App for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Nokia and other models
Qjump - Another online train ticket purchasing site for those who like to shop around. Simple and effective.
Raileasy – And another… App for Android, Blackberry, iPhones and other models
Caledonian Sleeper - The sleeper train is booked through Scotrail directly, with two trains typically running in each direction overnight between London and Leuchars. Prices start at £19 if you book up to 12 weeks in advance, but for advanced fares they never tend to break to bank, especially if you aren’t too particular about your sleeping position.
CARSHARE & TAXI
The University partners with goCarShare to encourage employees and students to consider sharing car journeys (and so money and carbon) rather than travelling alone. For more information check out the Car Sharing page on this site.
Go-Flexi - A ‘Rural Demand Responsive Public Transport Service’ in East Fife, taking the form of a taxi-bus for rural areas at a much lower price than standard taxi fares. Check out the website for basic routes and booking details.
All Taxi firms in St Andrews are listed on St Andrews Directory – perfect for when you need to get home in the middle of the night and are feeling a little worse-for-wear!
TRAVEL IN SPECIFIC UK LOCATIONS
Transport for London – London’s go-to website for all types of transport is ideal for when you are in the UK Capital and needing to get from A to B (or just to kill some time). You can find out travel details for train, tube, tram and bus trips, order or top-up your Oyster Card (London’s Travel Card), learn about bike hire, find maps, learn about the Congestion Charge, and many other things besides. Multiple applications for transport in London are available for the Android and iPhone, but no specific single tfl app exists – for now
If you are travelling somewhere specific make sure to check out their website – many organisations list helpful information or links to integrated maps or transport details online.