• The Dales by bus and train

    The beautiful countryside of the Dales is easily accessible from West Yorkshire by bus and train

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    How to get there

    There are many ways to access the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales by public transport from West Yorkshire even during the winter months.

     
    Good bus and train services run to several towns on the edge of the Dales from where daily buses run to the main towns, villages and tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales.

     
    These are supplemented by extra bus services direct from West Yorkshire cities into the heart of the Dales on Sundays and Bank Holidays, with extra services operating during the summer months.

    Tickets and passes

    Dales Rover tickets offer unlimited travel on all DalesBus services, and some connecting buses, on Sundays and Bank Holidays. They can be bought from the driver. Every paying adult can take two children (up to 16) or young people (if holding a 16-18 PhotoCard) for free.

    MCards loaded with weekly or longer period tickets are valid on Sundays and Bank Holidays on all DalesBus services from West Yorkshire - for the winter months that is services 873, 874, 875 and 884.

    English National Concessionary Senior and Disabled passes can be used on all DalesBus services (except demand-responsive services) for free travel on off-peak buses on Mondays to Fridays and on all buses on Saturdays and Sundays. 

    To find out more please visit the DalesBus website (external site - opens in new window)

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    West Yorkshire to the Dales

    From Leeds  

    • Take the frequent trains on the Airedale line to Skipton or on the Wharfedale line to Ilkley, for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.
    • Alternatively catch bus X84 from Leeds and Otley to Ilkley or Skipton, or bus 36 from Leeds to Harrogate or Ripon.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays DalesBus 874 runs from Leeds and Otley to Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden.
    • Experience some of the more rugged scenery of the Dales by taking a ride on the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle railway line. 


    From Bradford
     

    • Take the frequent trains on the Airedale line to Skipton or on the Wharfedale line to Ilkley, for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.
    • Catch the train or bus to Shipley, and then take a ride on the Settle - Carlisle railway line to experience some of the more rugged scenery of the Dales. 
    • Catch bus 747 to Harrogate for onward connections to Nidderdale on bus 24 or Ripon on bus 36.

    From Keighley  

    • Take the frequent trains on the Airedale line, or frequent Dalesway bus 66, to Skipton for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.
    • Experience some of the more rugged scenery of the Dales by taking a ride on the Settle - Carlisle railway line. 


    From Wakefield
     

    • Catch the frequent trains on the Wakefield line, or bus 110, to Leeds for onward buses and trains into the heart of the Dales.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays, DalesBuse 874 runs from Wakefield and Outwood to Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden.
        

    From Wetherby  

    • Catch bus 70 to Harrogate, for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.


    From elsewhere in West Yorkshire
     

    Take the train to Ilkley, Skipton or Harrogate for onward buses into the heart of the Dales.

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    Gateways to the Dales

    Ilkley

    • Catch buses up Wharfedale to Bolton Abbey, Burnsall and Grassington (bus 74A on Mondays and Wednesdays - also Fridays from 4 November 2017, bus 74 on Saturdays - until 28 October 2017, and bus 874 on Sundays and Bank Holidays – continuing to Kettlewell and Buckden).
    • On Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays, catch DalesBus 875 direct to Kettlewell, Buckden, Aysgarth and Hawes.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays, catch Cravenlink bus 873 to Bolton Abbey, Strid Wood, Halton Heights, Embsay, Skipton and Malham.

    Skipton

    The historic market town of Skipton is known as "the Gateway to the Dales".  

    • From Skipton catch regular buses to Grassington (service 72/72A/72R on Monday to Saturday, service X43 on Sundays and Bank Holidays), or buses 75/210/211 to Malham (Monday to Saturday).
    • On Monday to Saturday Craven Connection service 580 runs to Gargrave and Settle, continuing as service 581 to Clapham, Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale.
    • On Sundays and Bank Holidays, Cravenlink service 873 runs to Embsay and Bolton Abbey.
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     Harrogate

    • Catch bus 24 from Harrogate to Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale or bus 36 to Ripley and Ripon daily.
        

    Ripon

    • Catch bus 139 to the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays).
    • Catch bus 159 (Monday to Saturday) to Masham, Middleham, Leyburn and Richmond

    Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line

    • Catch bus 581 from Settle to Clapham, Ingleton or Kirkby Lonsdale (Mondays to Saturdays).
    • Catch Little White Bus from Garsdale Station to Hawes (daily).
    • Catch bus S1 (Saturdays) from Dent Station to Dent and Sedbergh. 
    • Catch bus S4 (Fridays) from Kirkby Stephen Station to Kirkby Stephen.

    Leeds-Morecambe Line

    • Catch Bowland Rambler bus 833 from Bentham Station to Ingleton, Clapham, Gisburn Forest and Slaidburn (Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays).

    Timetables for most of these services are included in Metro's DalesBus timetable booklet and online at the DalesBus website (opens new window).

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    See also

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    Updated: September 2017