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Hospital Hopper Bus

Our hospital shuttle bus service, the ‘Hospital Hopper’ runs between three hospitals in Leicester every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday. The service links the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield Hospital with Beaumont Leys Centre, Hamilton Centre, the Railway station and Leicester’s Park and Ride hub at St Nicholas Place. 

The service is ideal for passengers who want to get around Leicester, whether they be a patient or visitor to the hospitals, a commuter requiring the rail station, or just getting out for shopping or leisure in the city.  As well as providing a quick and direct link to Hamilton and Beaumont Leys Shopping Centres, the Hopper has convenient stops for the City Centre itself.  All customers are welcome on the Hopper whether travelling to Hospital or not.

Customers can buy a single or day ticket on the bus, or get a Hopper Smartcard for more regular travel. UHL staff travel free on production of their ID card and local council concessionary permits are valid on the hopper service. University of Leicester and De Montfort University staff and students need to refer to their own website for the conditions of their concessionary travel scheme.

You can catch the hopper at UHL bus stops to travel to and between Glenfield Hospital, the General Hospital and the Royal Infirmary. 

The first bus from Hamilton leaves at 06:24am; the first bus from Beaumont Leys shopping centre sets off at 6:30am. From the 3rd June the last bus from each end of the Hopper route will leave at 20:54 (Hamilton) and 21:00 (Beaumont Leys).  For full details of times and stops please see the timetables below. 

For advice about out-of-hours travel to any of our hospitals during evening and weekends, please visit traveline.info/ or contact the Traveline team on 0871 200 22 33.

Fares

A new fare structure was introduced on 14 May 2012 as follows:

Adult single ticket £2.00 (any time)

Adult day ticket £2.50 (after 9:30am)

Adult day ticket £3.00 (before 9.30am)

Hoppercard* £14.00 (10 single trips)

* Hoppercards are available to purchase fromThe service is free to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust staff on production of their NHS ID badge. All nationally recognised concessions are valid on the Hospital Hopper

All stops used by the hopper are clearly marked “UHL”. For more information see the Hopper timetable below.

Have you ever thought about leaving your car at home and getting the Hopper to the hospital instead? Further information about fares can be found in our poster below.


Link with Park and Ride

The Hospital Hopper stops at the city’s park and ride hub at St Nicholas Place. This will provide passengers with links between the hospitals and two (Enderby and Meynells Gorse) of the city's three park and ride schemes.

When travelling from Glenfield Hospital towards the Leicester Royal Infirmary the hopper bus will stop at St Nicholas Circle PC (outside BBC Radio Leicester).  When travelling from the Leicester Royal Infirmary towards Glenfield Hospital the bus will stop outside Jewry Wall Museum.