Single and return fares
Where I have details of fares for a bus route, I have included these at the bottom of the timetable page. Unfortunately, most bus companies don't publish their fares, so it's difficult for me to find them out.
If there are no fares listed at the bottom of the timetable, that means I don't know what the fares are, so please don't ask me. If you need to know, get in touch with the bus company that runs the route.
On the other hand, if you do know the price of a single and return adult ticket for a common journey, please do let me know, and I will include it in my next update.
You can buy single and day return fares from the driver on all buses. Coastliner also offer "period returns", where you can make your return journey any time within a month
All-day, weekly and monthly tickets
Most bus companies offer tickets that allow unlimited travel on their services (sometimes within a restricted area) for a whole day, week or month. For more details of these tickets, please contact the bus companies or check on their websites.
NEW! Within the City of York area, you can now buy an All-operator ticket for £5 (reduced to £4.50 until end of August), which is valid on all buses in the city except tour buses and raceday specials. The boundary points for this are: FERA (A64), Gate Helmsley, Kexby Bridge, Elvington (X36, 195), Wheldrake (35/18A), Deighton, Naburn Lock, Acaster Malbis, Buckles Inn (A64), Askham Richard, Rufforth, Hessay, Skelton, Reliance Garage (B1363).
National Bus Pass
If you are over 60 and have a national bus pass, you can use this on all services featured on this website (except the National Express coach services between York and Thirsk, and some of the tour services on the "Special services" page), including Moorsbus, Dalesbus, York Race shuttles. These passes are valid from 9.30am until 11.00pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends and bank holidays.
If you are using York Park & Ride, after 9am on weekdays and all day on weekends, there is a 50p fare for any journeys starting at the Park & Ride car park (this was introduced in July 2011), but all other journeys remain free.
If you are using Scarborough Park & Ride, there is a flat rate reduced fare of £1 return (introduced in April 2012).
The following easements also apply for passengers holding passes issued by York and North Yorkshire:
- travel on all buses in the region between 9.00am and 9.30am on weekdays
- M11: 0830 from Northallerton
- 24: 0740 from Pateley Bridge
- 30: 0715 from Gunnerside, and 0840 from Reeth
- 30: 0840 from Easingwold
- 56: 0848 from Ripon
- 80: 0750 from Hutton Rudby
- 89: 0843 from Great Broughton
- 156: 0851 from Thoralby
- 181: 0854 from Claxton
- 195: 0728 from Elvington
- 367: 0845 from Foxholes
- 747: 0800 from Murton
Passes issued by Craven District can be used at any time for journeys starting within Craven District.
Passes issued to blind passengers by City of York can be used at any time for journeys starting within City of York.
Different bus companies have different rules about who is eligible for child rates, and how much of a discount they are entitled to.
Young people up to the age of 16 living or studying in York can get a YOzone card, which entitles them to:
- half adult fare tickets within York on Arriva, Reliance, Stephensons, Transdev, ConnexionsBuses (21)
- half adult fare tickets on the full route of Coastliner and ConnexionsBuses (142, 143, 412)
- 60p single tickets on First York
To enquire about other child fares, please contact the bus company directly.
Rail and Coach tickets
If you are travelling by train, you can sometimes buy add-on tickets that allow you to make the first or final leg of your journey by bus - this may be cheaper than buying a single ticket on the bus.
PlusBus tickets are available in York, Scarborough, Harrogate/Knaresborough, Leeds, Hull and other nearby cities, allowing one day's unlimited travel in that town for less than a one-day ticket. This usually allows travel on any operator's services in the area. Please note that if you are only making one single journey per day, it will usually be cheaper to buy a single ticket on the bus. PlusBus tickets are available from station ticket offices and some telesales services, but cannot be bought online at the moment.
You can buy through tickets from any National Rail station to:
- Richmond and Catterick Garrison - use X26/X27 from Darlington
- Pickering and Whitby - use 840 from York
If you are travelling to Whitby from south of York and want to use the Coastliner bus rather than the train via Middlesbrough (and I recommend you do - the bus is quicker and a lot more scenic than the train), you will need to ask for a ticket to "Whitby by bus" or else you are likely to be sold a ticket only valid via Middlesbrough, which is about £20 more expensive.
DalesBus and Dales Rover tickets are available from some West Yorkshire stations allowing travel on buses within the Yorkshire Dales - see Dales Bus website for further details.
Through tickets from National Express services to any Coastliner destination are available.