Bus Information and Timetables
For up to date information on using school services, please visit Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM): https://tfgm.com/public-transport/schools. There is also a dedicated page for Altrincham College: https://tfgm.com/schools/trafford/altrincham-college
Under current Covid-19 guidance, social distancing is not required on dedicated school services; however, the wearing of face coverings remains compulsory. Please see the latest update from TFGM.
Contactless payment (including via IGO) is encouraged on all services.
See more information below regarding travelling to and from school.
For students living further than 2 miles from school who rely on public transport for getting to and from school, there are 7 school buses which are dedicated to serving Altrincham College [Google map links are detailed for all routes]:
- 770 - from Glebelands Road (Sale), operated by Belle Vue [https://goo.gl/maps/faU7bDkNc4tuRoUg6]
- 771 - from Sale Metrolink (Broad Road), operated by Belle Vue
- 772 - from Sale Grammar (*later service, dep. 08.05) and Norris Road/Helsby Road (*early service, dep. 07.53), operated by Belle Vue [https://goo.gl/maps/URYKsqNXrf5QPut46]
[*see routes updated 02.11.2021 below]
- 773 - from Hale Road (Cemetery) via St. Lukes Church (Bowdon), Oldfield Brow, operated by Diamond Buses (AM) and Belle Vue (PM)
- 774 - from Wythenshawe (Asda), via Broomwood, operated by Goodwins (AM) and Stagecoach (PM)
- 776 - from Carrington Lane (Ashton) via Broadheath, operated by Belle Vue
Please see the link below for more details of bus stops and times on the above routes and for an image showing all bus routes.
Public bus services which run close by include:
283/284 (Diamond Bus Service via Altrincham - Hale - Hale Barns)
285/286 (Diamond Bus Service via Altrincham - Timperley Grange - Timperley)
In addition to the above services there is a late bus services from school on Mondays and Wednesdays, leaving school approximately 4.30pm. Please note that these services OPERATE SEPARATELY from the regular school buses but only follow the 772 and 773 bus routes.
Bus Pass information
All students who regularly use school services should purchase IGO card; this proves the student is under 16 and allows discounted travel on both buses and trams. The IGO can also be loaded with funds and used to pay for travel.
Please be aware that some operators (e.g. Stagecoach) no longer produce paper tickets and an IGO is *required* to pay for travel).
Operators may refuse travel to students not in possession of an IGO.
The current cost of an IGO £10, which lasts until the August following the student's 16th birthday). For more information visit: https://tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/igo-pass.
Please note that TGFM advises the 'lead time' for an IGO pass is 2-4 weeks.
Sixth Form students (aged 16-18) should buy an 'Our Pass' and students over 18 need a Scholar's Pass to qualify for a concessionary fare on all transport (including school services).
More information on school travel passes can be found here.
A monthly 'System One' travel card is available for students (Junior/Young Person) which is valid for any bus (including school services). For more information, visit https://www.systemonetravel.co.uk/.
Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) now has Route Explorer, which asks people where they want to go and then shows them all the direct bus services that they can catch, when they leave, where the nearest bus stops are and how they can link up with trams and trains.