Bus Services in York

Twitter Tweets by @buses_in_york

Fares and tickets

£2 single fares

Any journey entirely in West Yorkshire has a maximum single fare of £2, as part of the Mayor's Fares scheme.

As well as that, throughout January, February and March 2023, all services run by the following bus companies will have a maximum single fare of £2, as part of the national Get Around for £2 scheme:


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.

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, but these are not much cheaper than buying two single tickets.

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.

Within the City of York area, you can now buy an All York ticket for £4.90, 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 (18), Deighton, Naburn Lock, Acaster Malbis, Buckles Inn (A64), Askham Richard, Rufforth, Hessay, Skelton, Reliance Garage (B1363).

Child tickets, family tickets and weekly tickets are also avalable. See iTravel York for full details.

National Bus Pass

If you are over retirement age or disabled and have a national bus pass (ENCTS), you can use this on all services featured on this website, except Park & Ride*, most summer-only Dalesbus routes, and shuttle buses for special events. These passes are valid from 9.30am** until 11.00pm on weekdays, and all day on weekends and bank holidays, including Moorsbus services.

Many of those routes that are not covered by the scheme offer reduced fares to people with an ENCTS pass.

* In York, you will only need to pay a fare when travelling from the P&R site, travel from all other stops is free. If you are going to the Designer Outlet or Monks Cross, you will need to keep your 'zero value' ticket from your outward journey in order to get free travel for your return journey.

** Passes issued by York or North Yorkshire councils can be used from 9.00am on weekdays for journeys starting within those areas. Passes issued elsewhere are not valid until 9.30am, and these passes are not valid elsewhere until 9.30am.

Passes issued to blind passengers by City of York can be used at any time for journeys starting within City of York.

Child tickets

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 reduced rates (which vary depending on the bus company).

To enquire about other child fares, please contact the bus company directly.

One-way, one pound! After 5pm on schooldays and at all times on weekends and during school holidays, young people up to age 19 can travel for just £1 each way with the following operators: Dales & District, Kirkby Lonsdale, Little White Bus, Pride of the Dales, York Pullman.

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:

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.