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 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.
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.
During the pandemic, the Poppleton Park and Ride site was being used as a Covid-19 testing facility. We will update this page with any changes.
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.
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.
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.
Pocklington Hull Bridlington
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).
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.
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 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.
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..