Getting around Yorkshire

Once you’re in Yorkshire there are plenty of options for getting around, whether you prefer your own pedal power, sitting back on a train or bus, cruising the waterways or exploring scenic back roads by car.

Walking and cycling

Yorkshire is ideal for exploring by foot or bike, including multi-day long distance adventures. For inspiration, check out Yorkshire’s great outdoors.

Get the OS app and find exciting new paths and trails near you.

Travel by train

Yorkshire is well served by the national rail network (for details of train times and tickets visit and is also home to a number of heritage railway lines. Moovit provides impartial journey planning information about all public transport services – buses, coaches, trains and trams, throughout Yorkshire.

RailEasy: sells tickets for trains across the north, including direct access to the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and the coast.

Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic railway journeys, the Settle to Carlisle line.

The popular steam hauled ‘Fellsman‘ returns to the spectacular Settle to Carlisle railway for its 7th season in summer 2015, running on Wednesday’s over the roof of England – With great limestone peaks and deep valleys the legendary ‘Settle to Carlisle’ line is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering including the great 24 arched viaduct at Ribblehead, with time available for either sightseeing in Carlisle – or an optional tour of the Lake District by vintage coach and cruise on beautiful Ullswater.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Enjoy this heritage steam-hauled train line running between the market town of Pickering and Grosmont, with occasional services to Whitby.

Wensleydale Railway

Take a historic journey by steam train and trains of yesteryear with the Wensleydale Railway, through 16 miles of stunning Yorkshire countryside to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Bolton Castle. Running between Leeming Bar [off the A1] and Redmire [for Bolton Castle], this breathtaking area inspired the artist Turner and was the setting for the TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small.’ Getting to the Wensleydale Railway couldn’t be easier. Leeming Bar is under a mile from the A1, north of Leeds and York or you can join the trains at Redmire, Leyburn or Bedale. There is also a half hourly bus service from Northallerton which takes just 14 minutes and is operated by ‘Dales and District.’ Press the stop button on the bus when you pass the town name sign for Leeming Bar and alight at the next stop. The station is on the right at the small roundabout, just three minutes by foot. A Rover ticket giving freedom of the railway costs £15 for adults, £13 senior citizen, £7.50 child and £35 for a family ticket of 2 adults and up to 2 children travelling together or £22 for 1 adult and up to 2 children. A range of single and return fares are also available between all locations.

Metro is the transport brand of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority developing public transport services for the people of West Yorkshire by providing travel information, train timetables, journey planning and travel updates on Twitter and Facebook. Information about multi-operator bus and rail MCard smart tickets and concessionary fare schemes providing reduced cost travel for seniors, blind, disabled and young people can also be found via the website.

Many of Yorkshire’s towns and cities also benefit from PlusBus, letting you add discounted bus travel to your train ticket.

Park & Ride

Leeds Park and Ride 

Leeds City Park and Ride is a cheap, convenient and stress-free way of getting into the city without the hassle and cost of city centre parking. 

Buses run every 10-15 minutes from Elland Road or Temple Green, with quick journey times into the city centre. With free WiFi, USB points, leather seats and audio visual screens, the Park and Ride hybrid buses will get you there in style. 

Find out more at 

Travel by bus

Why not let someone else do the driving and go by bus?

There are comprehensive networks of local bus services throughout most areas of Yorkshire, providing an easy way to explore the area. Moovit provides impartial journey planning information about all public transport services – buses, coaches, trains and trams, throughout Yorkshire.

Here’s some of the major bus services that will get you around Yorkshire:

Plan your journey online with Arriva, who have buses running across Yorkshire on a regular basis. Saver tickets can be bought online, in your local shop, on the bus itself, or even via your mobile phone. Getting around has never been easier!

DalesBus is one of Britain’s most successful network of weekend leisure bus services. The network is designed to offer visitors a Swiss-style network of bus services that meet trains both on the celebrated Settle-Carlisle line and local Metro lines at Ilkley or Skipton. The bus network also allows connections between services to allow through journeys not only from the centres of towns and cities such as Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford, Manchester, Wakefield, Lancaster, Middlesbrough and York into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale AONB

Metro is the transport brand of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority developing public transport services for the people of West Yorkshire by providing travel information, bus timetables, journey planning and travel updates on Twitter and Facebook.

York City sightseeing Bus – What better way to see York than to take a tour on an open top bus? You’ll be shown around the City, with all major tourist attractions pointed out to you and an on-board commentary giving you an introduction to the history of York. Tours are daily throughout the year (except 24-26 December and 1 January). The full tour takes 45 minutes – 1 hour and are valid for 24 hours so hop on and off as much as you like. Tickets can be purchased on the bus.

Yorkshire Coastliner – Coastliner run services between Leeds, York and the popular resorts of Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington on the East Coast of Yorkshire.

Private Hire

Viator have a range of driven tours available from major pickup points around Yorkshire.


British Waterways: looks after around 270 miles of inland waterways, from the mighty Humber to the scenic Ouse and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Yorkshire’s waterways are an excellent way of getting around at a more leisurely pace. Find out more about Yorkshire’s canals, boat hire and boating holidays.

Car Rental in Yorkshire


Europcar do car rental in York, Leeds and Hull – you can book with them here.


Hire cars, minibuses, trucks and mpvs from over 100 locations in the UK with Orbit Car Hire.