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Transport options and initiatives

Sustainable transport is about reducing our reliance on single occupant vehicles and making smart choices about other forms of transport, including car pooling, riding a motorcycle/scooter, using public transport, bicycling, and walking. We can all play a part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the quality of life for ourselves and our communities through improved health outcomes associated with active transport.

Check the How to catch a Metro bus webpage, including the videos in the ‘Video guides’ section, which were developed by University students.

UTAS Sustainability is committed to supporting staff and students to choose sustainable transport options to access UTAS facilities.

Carpooling is an arrangement between two or more people to share a ride to a common destination. Carpooling can save you money, help you connect with people in your local community, help reduce traffic congestion and accident rates, and make a difference to the environment by reducing vehicle emissions.

The university encourages staff and students to consider carpooling rather than travelling in a single occupant vehicle. Enquiries can be made about special arrangements for parking at transport.utas@utas.edu.au.

The University of Tasmania has partnered with Flexicar to launch Flexicars in Hobart, exclusively available to UTAS students.

There are Flexicars conveniently located in Hobart CBD and Sandy Bay, that can be booked by the hour or the day.

UTAS students can join Flexicar for $0 on the UTAS student rate plan*. Rates start from $10 p/hour or $57.50 p/day.

*Terms and conditions apply 

  • UTAS Student Rate Plan is available exclusively to UTAS student. Students need to sign up using a UTAS email address.
  • $0 join discount only applies to the annual membership fee.
  • Standard damage cover excess applies as per the Flexicar terms and conditions. If you would like to opt in to the reduced excess plan please contact the Flexicar Member Care Centre.

Bus services to all Tasmanian campuses are available with Metro Tasmania. Metro timetables include high frequency services in Hobart (401, 402, 501 and 601) and Launceston (110, 115, 116 and 117; note that only 110 enters Newnham Campus). University full time students are eligible for concession fares; either present student ID on the bus or when you purchase a Metro GreenCard.

Tassielink and Redline provide bus services between Tasmania's regional centres.

Bus stop shelters have been installed at almost all University stops to make catching the bus more convenient no matter the weather.

Electric car charging stations have been installed at the Sandy Bay, Newnham and Cradle Coast campuses. These stations are available for private cars. You can find the location of the charging stations in the Campus maps.

Electric bike charging stations are available in all bike hubs. Some bike hubs have publicly accessible power points. If there is not a bike hub in your campus, you can take your battery into the buildings and use any standard power point.

All campuses have facilities available for cyclists, including some or all of bicycle parking (racks and lockers for hire free of charge), electric bike charging, bike repair stations, showers and water refill stations. See the campus maps for details about what is available at each campus.

Decide your Ride is a series of videos showing safe and 'bikeable' routes to and between Sandy Bay and Hobart CBD campuses, and Newnham and Inveresk campuses.

Local councils and organisations provide information and maps for bicycle routes in their areas, including to University of Tasmania facilities.

The University has run ‘Ride2Uni’ (as part of ‘Ride2Work’ day celebrations) in past years and we will endeavour to continue to do so or partner into larger community events. Keep an eye on the Sustainability Bulletin.

Bicycle register

Do you ride bicycle to campus? Support the cycling community on campus by registering your bicycle. Register as a current or future cyclist for news and information about cycling to university.

When abandoned bicycles are found on campus, ISD staff will check the register before donating them to a bicycle charity.

Contact transport.utas@utas.edu.au for more information.

Staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of walking paths around campus grounds and the surrounding areas.

Walking resources such as why walk, getting started, stretching, footwear and foot care, pedometers and more are available at Just Start Walking. Walk Score will give you an idea of the walkability of various University facilities and campuses.

Local councils and organisations provide information and maps for various walking routes in their areas, including to UTAS.

Virtual transport refers to information and communication technologies (ICT) that allow people to communicate virtually. Staff and students have access to virtual communication options that allow them to connect in real time across physical distances.

  • The main University online learning tool, MyLO, supports on and off campus students, although the need for some face-to-face teaching and student interaction remains important.
  • Many University staff have the option to telecommute (work remotely), through remote access networking (via ‘MyVPN’), portable computers, and other mobile communication technologies.
  • The University has a wide range of teleconferencing and video conferencing options, including cutting-edge immersive meeting rooms, allowing the University community to meet virtually (e.g., for teaching, university business meetings, conferences).