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Getting Around York England City of York England

Getting Around York England

Getting Around York England. We take a look at York's railways, buses, Taxis, cycling and alternative means to cross the City of York. You can watch the video or simply select one of the methods or transport below to find out more. For open top bus tours and City Cruise please visit the Top York Attractions section.

Bus and Rail Services in York
By Rail

Accessing the Rail Network is easy in the City of York owing to the city's historic railway station with direct trains to and from London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Hull, Newcastle Scarborough and Sheffield.

Bus and Rail Services in York
Bus Services

Bus Services are available throughout the city to nearby attractions such as Castle Howard, Yorkshire Air Museum, Murton Park and Derwent Light Railway and Askham Bryan Wildlife Park.

Bus and Rail Services in York

Direct trains are available to York from Manchester Airport operated by TransPennine Express Trains, making it more convenient to get to your hotel by public transport.


York's Park and Ride System

York has a range of express bus services that are situated on major roads heading into the city. These bus stations contain sizeable car parks that form the Park and Ride scheme, reducing congestion in the historic city centre. The buses tend to follow dedicated bus lanes as an express route. It comes strongly recommended to benefit from these bus services into the City of York. Below, we have included information pertaining to these Park and Ride sites with a link to the official webpages.  

Askham Bar No.3

The Askham Bar Park and Ride serves the A64/A1036 route. It also provides transport to York College and Tesco Askham Bar as well as the Racecourse. Navigate to YO24 1LW.

Designer Outlet No.7

The Designer Outlet Park and Ride system operates an express service between York and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Shopping Centre via Fulford. It provides a service for those approaching York on the A19 south. Navigate to YO19 4TA.

Grimston Bar No.8

Grimston Bar Park and Ride is a useful bus service for those travelling from the East of York on the A1079. The service follows Hull Road into the City of York. Navigate to YO19 5LA.

Monks Cross No.9

The Park and Ride at Monks Cross provides an express service to Monks Cross and Vangarde Shopping Parks and the City of York. It is useful for those travelling to York from the north-east of York. Navigate to YO32 9JU. 

Poppleton (Closed)
York Park and Ride Monks Cross

The No.59 Park and Ride service is now re-opened and is a useful link into the city for those coming in from the A59. You can park free of charge here and use one of the regular bus services taking directly into the city centre.

Rawcliffe Bar No.2

The Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride site has around 1000 car parking places with a Country Park adjacent. This site serves those approaching from the A19 north of the city.  Navigate to YO30 5XZ.

Other Useful Bus Services

We recommend using York’s official website for other local bus services to suburbs around the City of York.  We have selected bus services useful for visitors to the City of York that take you to various local attractions such as Castle Howard, Yorkshire Air Museum, Murton Park and Derwent Light Railway, Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, the North York Moors Railway and Malton, Yorkshire’s Food Capital.

Buses to Yorkshire Air Museum

To travel to the Yorkshire Air Museum, we recommend taking the 36 or X36 bus service from outside York railway station. The bus is bound for Sutton On Derwent. The service is operated by York Pullman.

Buses to Castle Howard

If you desire to visit Castle Howard, a grand stately home and gardens, you will need to use the Castleline service that can be boarded from Station Rise. The buses are bound for Malton and they call at some idyllic villages en-route. The service is operated by Transdev.

Murton Park & DLR

For travel to Murton Park and Derwent Light Railway it is recommended to use the No.10 and X46. The no.10 is operated by First Bus and the X46 by East Yorkshire Buses. 

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway can be travelled to by bus and by train. By rail you must travel to Middlesbrough and change for Grosmont or Whitby. Coastliner 840 service is the bus service to Pickering that run approximately one an hour to Thornton le Dale. Alight at Pickering and follow signs for the station. You can get the bus from York Station or Stonebow.

Malton Scarborough Whitby

If you would like to visit the coast, Coastliner fun bus services between Leeds, Tadcaster, York and Scarborough (843) or Whitby (840). Depending on the time of year, buses to Scarborough run half-hourly or hourly. Buses to Whitby are 4 each way each day. 

Leeds and Harrogate

Leeds is a predominant city in England and is fantastic for retail shopping. You may find shops in Leeds that do not feature in York’s high street. The 840 and 843 buses can be boarded at Stonebow or the Railway Station. For Harrogate via bus, we strongly recommend using this service and switching to a No.36 from Leeds Bus Station. For Knaresborough, change at Harrogate bus station. These buses run every 7 to 10 minutes during the day. The best way to get to Knaresborough and Harrogate is via train.

Easingwold, Thirsk and Helmsley

For the market towns of Thirsk, Helmsley and Easingwold, we recommend using Reliance Buses. For Thirsk look out for the No. 30 and for Helmsley the No. 31X. All Reliance buses will call at Easingwold. The No. 40 will take you to Crayke. 

Pocklington Hull Bridlington
X46 East Yorkshire Buses

If you intend to travel to Kingston Upon Hull, Bridlington, Filey, we recommend using the East Yorkshire Buses. They operate a frequent service between York and Hull (X46,X47) and you can make connections for Beverley, Bridlington and Filey (12,13).

Buses to Ripon Knaresborough

Buses also travel to Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and Ripon, the York and County 22 Service that can be caught opposite the Railway Station. 

Railway Services Through York

There are five major rail operators running from or through the City of York. These are London North Eastern Railways, Northern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Transpennine Express and Grand Central. For train times we strongly recommend using National Rail, but for fares it is a sensible to check the train operators first as they more often than not offer a cheaper fare. Another useful website for train travel in the UK can be found at also!

London North Eastern Railways

London North Eastern operate trains services to London Kings Cross, Aberdeen, Berwick Upon Tweed, Dundee, Harrogate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Durham, Darlington, Leeds, Glasgow, Motherwell, Grantham, Peterborough and Edinburgh. However, Leeds and Harrogate trains do not call at York. 

Transpennine Express

Transpennine Express operate trains to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Manchester, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Leeds, Scarborough, Malton, Lake District, Glasgow, Durham, Darlington, Edinburgh,  Cleethorpes, Dunbar and Sheffield. For Glasgow, Lake District, Cleethorpes, Sheffield you would have to change to make a connection.

Grand Central

Calling at York, Grand Central run trains to Sunderland via Thirsk, Northallerton, Eaglescliffe, Hartlepool, London Kings Cross, and Doncaster. They also operate trains to Bradford, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield, and Pontefract that do not call at York directly. 

Northern Railways

Northern Railways run both express services as well as local stopping services. From York they run services to Harrogate and Knaresborough, Leeds, Halifax, Rochdale, Manchester Victoria, Preston, Blackpool, Bridlington, Beverley, Kingston upon Hull, and Selby. They also operate services around the North West too..

Cross Country Trains

Cross Country Trains are as they sound, running trains from the north-east, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington and Aberdeen crossing the country via Doncaster, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Gloucester, Bristol, Plymouth, Redding and Exeter in the south-west.