9 April 2020 – Easter Weekend

Universal buses will operate to a Sunday timetable on Good Friday, 9 April and Easter Monday, 12 April.  No other Whippet buses will operate on Good Friday or Easter Monday.  Remember that Universal now serves Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus at weekends, so will still go there when we run a Sunday timetable.

6 April 2020 – Changes to routes X3 and 478

Following a further decrease in passenger numbers, we have had to take the difficult decision to withdraw further journeys on routes X3 and 478.

Mondays to Saturdays, the 0910 X3 journey from Huntingdon to Cambridge and 1010 X3 journey from Cambridge to Huntingdon will no longer operate. A new 478 journey at 1050 from Godmanchester to Huntingdon will operate on Saturdays as a partial replacement.

Mondays to Saturdays, the 0724 and 0809 478 journeys from Godmanchester to Huntingdon and the 0740 478 journey from Huntingdon to Godmanchester will no longer operate.  Neither will the Monday to Friday 1540 478 journey from Hinchingbrooke to Godmanchester and its 1600 return from Godmanchester to Huntingdon.

These journeys have been carrying very little or no passengers and we have had to withdraw them to ensure the protection of our other journeys for the foreseeable future.  We thank you for your understanding.

Click here for a copy of the new timetable for the X3 and 478 from Monday 6 April.

2 April 2020 – Free Travel for NHS staff and University of Cambridge key workers

In recognition of the outstanding work being carried out by the NHS, all NHS workers upon production of ID can travel FREE on our buses until further notice. 

Also until further notice, University of Cambridge key workers can travel FREE on any Universal bus at any time on presentation of a letter issued by the University to attest their key worker status.

2 April 2020 – Free Travel to/from Madingley Road Park & Ride for Stagecoach ticket holders

Until further notice, owing to the suspension of the Park & Ride service to Madingley Road, we are offering Park & Ride ticket holders free travel on the Universal bus to/from City Centre and the Biomedical Campus.  Just show your ticket to the driver.

You can find Universal buses at the stop at the side of the Park & Ride site on Eddington Road.  Essential workers welcome to come and say hello to our friendly drivers.  Please note that we are only offering free travel with Stagecoach tickets to and from Madingley Road Park & Ride, please don’t embarrass our drivers by asking to make other journeys.

30 March 2020 – Changes to Universal and routes X3, 61 and 478

Following the Coronavirus pandemic so far, we have had to change some of our buses to reflect the passenger demand while people STAY AT HOME.  

From Monday 30 March 2020, Universal buses will run at slightly different times on weekdays to take account of revised running time during this time.  On weekdays, the first bus and last bus will be unchanged.  For the duration of the pandemic, we will extend our buses on Saturdays and Sundays to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and run earlier and later buses to support our essential workers getting to where they need to be.  Click here for details.

Unfortunately due to the collapse in passenger numbers, we will have to revise our services on routes X3, 61 and 478.  

Route X3 will run a Saturday service Monday to Saturday with some additional trips on weekdays. Click here for details.

Route 61 will run a Saturday service Monday to Saturday starting from Market Square at 08:50 and finishing at 17:47.  Route 63 will continue to run normally for the time being.  Click here for details.

Route 478 will run a Special service Monday to Saturday starting and finishing at similar times but to a roughly hourly frequency. Click here for details.

Our other services will continue to run normally in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils for the time being.  Note that service 400 will run on a school holiday timetable.

We will do our best to maintain this network to allow essential workers to get around and for others to make essential journeys to get food, medicine and to care for vulnerable people.  However, as the crisis takes hold, we may need to make further alterations.  Please keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages, or here for any further news.

Also, should there be a journey that essential workers would find beneficial, please either give us a call on 01954 230011 or drop us a line at and we will see what we can do. We are here to get you to where you need to be.

28 October 2019 – New bus service for Thrapston, Islip, Stainton, Corby and Kettering – and new links to and from Huntingdon

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Following the closure of Centrebus’ Corby depot, we have been asked to provide two new bus services on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council linking various towns and villages in east Northamptonshire.

We are delighted to announce the operation of service 8 linking Corby, Geddington and Kettering with some journeys serving Little Stainton, Stainton and Brigstock – and service 18 linking Corby, Little Stainton, Stainton, Brigstock, Islip and Thrapston with new links on service 18 linking east Northamptonshire with Huntingdon and Ellington.

As an introductory offer, you will be able to buy a day ticket for unlimited use on all buses west of Huntingdon for £5 adult or £3 for children and students.  A week’s travel will be £20 adult, £14 child. Both tickets are available from the driver or on the m-ticket app.  You will also be able to buy a day ticket for use in Stanion, Little Stanion and Corby for £3 adult, £2 child, £11 week.

You can get 4 weeks travel for £65 but this is only available on the m-ticket app – also on the app, you can get 4 weeks travel for people in education for just £55.  

As we have had a very short period to introduce these services, we may not have been able to update bus stop information along the line of route.  We will endeavour to have this sorted as soon as possible.

Click here for service 8 and 18 map

Click here for service 8 and 18 timetable

16 October 2019 – Huawei phones and our App
Our App supplier has delivered a fix for users of our App on Huawei phones following an Android update. If you update the App, you should now find that it will work.  If not, drop us a line at

13 September 2019 – All Routes 4 week tickets now on the App
Following a number of requests, our 4 week All Routes tickets are now available on the App.  Adults get £5 off the normal price, £80 on the app, that’s only £20 per week to go anywhere on our buses.  Students and children can get their 4 week ticket for only £65!  No need to pay for a term to get a discount with us!!

Download the App from your choice of App stores by searching Whippet Bus m-tickets.  

2 September 2019 – Minor change to route 400
Following representations from parents in Grafham, the 1530 Schooldays journey from Huntingdon will extend to Grafham where it will terminate at 1600. 

At the same time, the 0745 journey from Spaldwick will commence from Easton at 0740, and the 1040 journey from Huntingdon will serve Ellington at 1052.  A new timetable is available here.

23 August 2019 – Pedigree withdrawal
After operating the service for a period of six months, we are disappointed to announce the withdrawal of the Pedigree service after operation on Friday 23 August 2019.  We’d like to thank our passengers for supporting us on this service but unfortunately the passenger growth has not continued and we can’t continue to support the losses we are incurring.  Stagecoach continue to provide services along the length of the route.

28 April 2019 – No Sunday service on X3
Following retendering of service X3 recently in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, it has been decided to withdraw the Sunday service.  The last day for the Sunday service was Easter Sunday and as such, there will no longer be a Sunday or public holiday service. 

18 February 2019 – Changes to some fares
Following feedback from our passengers, we are happy to announce some changes to out tickets and prices.

Universal tickets (with the exception of the £1 University of Cambridge single ticket) are now valid on all of our buses in Cambridge city bounded by Madingley Road Park&Ride on the X3 and 8. 

Purple tickets have had their eligibility expanded to cover all students and educational staff showing ID when making each journey.  They are also now available to children aged 5-15 inclusive at any time.  One way tickets are available in the Cambridge city area for £1.50.

  • Cambridge City Day Ticket – £3 adult, £2 Purple
  • Cambridge City 7 Day Ticket – £11 or £10 on the app
  • Cambridge City 28 Day Ticket – £28 on the app – only £1 a day!
  • Cambridge City 10 Journey Ticket – £19.80 adult on bus, £17.60 on the app
  • Cambridge City 10 Journey Purple Ticket – £10 on the app

The X3 app only tickets that were introduced in November 2018 have now been improved by increasing their validity to cover all Whippet buses.  These are now available in the App under All Routes tickets, or in each of the areas listed.

  • All Routes Day Rover – Pack of 10 for £56 (that’s £5.60 for unlimited travel on all Whippet buses for the day)
  • All Routes Week Rover – £22 
  • All Routes single journey – pack of 10 for £40 – you can use these as a single journey on any Whippet bus.

We hope to see you soon on one of our buses and allow us to make a difference serving you!

24 November 2018 – Changes to some fares
The following new ticket prices will apply from the above date:

  • All Zones Day Rover – £7 adult, £6 student, £5 child
  • All Zones Week Rover – £26 adult, £22 student, £18 child
  • All Zones 4-Week Rover – £85
  • One + Two Day Rover – £7
  • Group Day Rover – £15

In addition to the above, single and return ticket prices on route X3 will increase by an average of 20%. Please click here to download a copy of the new X3 fare chart to see if your normal ticket is affected.

29 October 2018 – Minor change to route 400
The first journey on route 400 will start at Spaldwick on school days instead of Easton. The bus will no longer call at Hinchingbrooke School bus park.  The afternoon school-day only journey will terminate at Ellington instead of Easton.

6 October 2018 – Improvements to route U
The Universal service has become very popular since it replaced the Uni4 bus route in July 2016. In September 2017 the service was extended to Eddington, the new North West Cambridge development. This was an important part of the contract we have with the University of Cambridge and they have now asked us to improve the level of service following feedback from residents. These improvements include:

  • Earlier and later buses on weekdays
  • Later buses on Saturdays
  • A new service on Sundays and Public Holidays

A PDF copy of the new timetable can be downloaded by clicking here

Whippet Coaches signs Armed Forces Covenant
Please click here to download a PDF (1.92MB) 

Mobile phone ticketing (m-Ticketing)
You can now download our m-Ticket App for iPhone and Android devices and purchase a selection of tickets. Click here to find out more.

2 December 2017 – Free Parking
On Saturday 2 December we helped the 5th St Ives Scout Group with their latest challenge – a full-size game of Monopoly!  The Scouts had to travel between St Ives and Cambridge visiting locations associated with the famous board game. Our Busway C service was ideal as it now operates every 30 minutes on Saturday mornings. Using the bus also means no need to find and pay for parking! Click below for a picture of one group on board our bus driven by Chris Storr.

26 September 2017 – X3 is now X-ier
Click here to find out why we think the X3 is now better

14 July 2017 – Henry goes to school
Read about Henry’s visit to Bushmead Primary School in St Neots

Our drivers were prepared on 25 March 2017
Click here to read all about it

Whippet Puppies Launched
Click here to find out more