University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Bus Travel

First Fal River operates the inter-campus bus service for students and staff; this is a commercial arrangement between First Kernow and Fal River Links and will operate until 2019.

Bus Route / Service Numbers

The U1 and U2 will stop at all bus stops along the route. The U3 will be a direct service from Falmouth Moor to the Penryn Campus.

All U1 and U2 buses will be branded with UoE and Falmouth logos, but it will be made clear that they, as well as the U3 service – are accessible to members of the public as well as students and staff.

Free Wi-Fi will be available to all users of the U1 and U2 services.

Here is a visual of the integrated network:



A £1 discounted fare will be available to students and staff with appropriate id for single journeys between Falmouth (Campus or Centre) and Penryn campus, including intermediate journeys between these points. This fare will be held at £1 for the 5 year duration of the contract.

An annual travel card – the Fal Mussel Card UNI – will be available to students and staff as part of this arrangement. This card will allow unlimited travel for one year (52 weeks) on all First Kernow buses in Cornwall; unlimited travel on Fal River Links ferries; unlimited off-peak travel on the Maritime Line Railway Line which runs between Falmouth and Truro, and promotional offers from local attractions, shops and food and drink outlets.This Fal Mussel Card UNI will be made available at a vastly reduced cost of £480 per annum. Students and Staff an either make a one-off payment or by spreading the cost by paying instalments. Students can pay three instalments by direct debit  to coincide with their student loan payments.  Staff from Falmouth, UoE, FXU and FX Plus are able to pay for the Card via monthly deductions from their salary (conditions will apply).

The commercial worth of a Fal Mussel Card UNI is £2,716.80, therefore £480 represents good value for students and staff.  Mussel Card holders effectively pay for three academic terms but receive year-round local travel.

Click here to renew your Mussel card.

More information on the Fal Mussel Card UNI, please visit

We heavily subsidise this bus service from car parking revenue at the Penryn Campus in order to encourage students and staff to make sustainable travel choices, and use the bus when they can.

We will also post relevant information to our Twitter account (@falmouthexeter) and Facebook page ( 

To buy Kernow M tickets

Megabus stops at the Penryn Campus twice daily, for more information on routes, prices etc. go to their website.

If you have a complaint about the buses please contact:

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Penryn Campus gardens and grounds have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world, for the third year in a row.