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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.

 
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 buses direct from West Yorkshire into the heart of the Dales on Sundays with extra services operating during the summer months from around Easter onwards.

Tickets and passes

Dales Rover tickets offer unlimited travel on most DalesBus services on Sundays, and also on some connecting buses. They can be bought from the driver. Discount available for students and railcard holders.

MCards loaded with weekly or longer period tickets are valid on Sundays throughout all DalesBus services from/to West Yorkshire – for the winter season that is services 873, 874 and 884.

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

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

 More about Metro tickets and passes 

> West Yorkshire to the Dales
> Gateways to the Dales 

 


West Yorkshire to the Dales - Winter 2019/20

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 DalesBus 874 runs from Leeds and Otley to Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell 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 bus 747 from Bradford to Harrogate for onward travel to Nidderdale or Ripon.
  • Catch the train or bus to Shipley, and then take a ride on the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle railway line to experience some of the more rugged scenery of the Dales. 


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 Leeds - 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 DalesBus 874 runs from Wakefield, Outwood and Rothwell to Ilkley, Bolton Abbey and Grassington.

From elsewhere in West Yorkshire  

Catch a bus or train to Ilkley, Skipton or Harrogate for onward buses into the Dales.

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Gateways to the Dales - Winter 2019/20

Ilkley
  • Catch buses up Wharfedale to Bolton Abbey, Burnsall and Grassington (minibus 74A on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, DalesBus 874 on Sundays continuing to Kettlewell and Buckden).
  • On Sundays catch Cravenlink DalesBus 873 to Bolton Abbey, Strid Wood, Halton Heights, Embsay and Skipton.
Skipton

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

  • From Skipton catch regular bus 72 to Grassington (daily) or buses 75/210/211 to Malham (Monday to Saturday).
  • On Monday to Saturday, Craven Connection bus 580 runs to Gargrave and Settle, continuing as bus 581/582 to Clapham, Ingleton, Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancaster.
  • On Sundays catch Cravenlink DalesBus 873 to Embsay, Barden Moor, Strid Wood, Bolton Abbey and Ilkley.
  • Trains run from Skipton on the famous Settle-Carlisle Line and on the Bentham Line to Lancaster and Morecambe.
 Harrogate
  • Catch bus 24 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 and Studley Royal (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays).
  • Catch bus 159 (Monday to Saturday) to Masham, Jervaulx Abbey, Middleham, Leyburn and Richmond.
Leeds-Skipton-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 minibus S1 (Saturdays) from Dent Station to Dent and Sedbergh. 
  • Catch minibus S4 (Fridays) from Kirkby Stephen Station to Kirkby Stephen and Brough.

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

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Updated: October 2019

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