Yorkshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in and around North, South, West and East Riding of Yorkshire offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire, coaches and ferries.

Local bus services in North, South, West and East Riding of Yorkshire provide services to local areas across the various Yorkshire, with a number of routes covering the major cities of Leeds, Bradford, York, Wakefield, Sheffield and Kingston upon and a number of other towns and villages including Scarborough, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Harrogate, Halifax and many more.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Yorkshire Travelnet

Trains in Yorkshire serve a number of routes across the various Yorkshire counties and to surrounding areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Leeds Station has services to London Kings Cross station with a journey time of approx 2 hours 10 minutes. There are local services available to York, Huddersfield, Skipton, Hull, Shipley, Sheffield and Bradford Forster Square and further to Glasgow Central, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Victoria.

Sheffield Railway station has services to London St Pancreas International station with a journey time of approx 3 hours 15 minutes. There are also services to Cleethorpes, Leeds, Scarborough, Norwich, Nottingham and Birmingham.

Train services are provided by a number of train operators including Cross Country; Northern Rail; First Trans Pennine Express and East Coast

Other railway stations in North Yorkshire include York, Scarborough, Skipton, Whitby and Egton.

Other railway stations in South Yorkshire include Barnsley Interchange, Doncaster, Rotherham Central and Meadowhall Interchange.

Other railway stations in West Yorkshire include Wakefield Westgate, Wakefield Kirkgate, Headingley, Bradford Forster Square, Bradford Interchange and Halifax .

Other railway stations in East Riding of Yorkshire include Hull Paragon Interchange, Cottingham, Driffield and Howden.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Yorkshire that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

North Yorkshire is connected to the road network via the A1, A1(M) and A59. London to the city of York by car via the M1, A1(M), A1 and A64 is a drive of approx 4 to 5 hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A19, A172, A170, A171 and A65.

South Yorkshire is connected to the road network via the M1, A1(M) and M18. London to the city of Sheffield by car via the M1, A630 and A57 is a drive of approx 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A61, A616, A639, A635 and A6195.

West Yorkshire is connected to the road network via the M1 and M62. London to the city of Leeds by car via the M1 and M621 is a drive of approx 4 to 4 hours 30 minutes hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the M606, A650, A629, A646 and A660.

East Riding of Yorkshire is connected to the road network via the M62 and A166. London to the city of Kingston upon Hull by car via the M1, M18, M62 and A63 is a drive of approx 4 to 4 hours 45 minutes hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A164, A165, A1079 and A614.

Parking in cities and towns in Yorkshire includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in and around the city of Leeds include The Markets, West Riding House, Schofields, Wellington Place, Westgate, St John’s Centre, New Station Street and Edward Street.

For more information please see: Leeds Parking

There are Park & Ride schemes in operation at various locations in Yorkshire including in York where there are five sites including at the Designer Outlet, Monks Cross, Rawcliffe Bar, Grimston Bar and Asham Bar; where there are bus services taking visitors in and out of York city centre. For more information please see: York Park & Ride

South Yorkshire has several places where Park and Ride schemes are in operation; locations include in the city of Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. For more information please see: South Yorkshire Park & Ride

In North Yorkshire there is a Park & Ride scheme in Scarborough with sites at Seamer Road and Filey Road with regular bus services operating between the sites and the town of Scarborough. For more information please see: Scarborough Park & Ride

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around cities, towns and villages in the Yorkshire. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

The port of Hull is located in West Riding of Yorkshire; it is 65 miles from the city of Leeds, there are regular ferry services between Hull and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. From Hull it is approx 1 hour 15 minutes by car to Leeds. Ferry services are provided by P & O Ferries

There are services between Liverpool (from Birkenhead) and Belfast services are operated by Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries. There are services between the Isle of Man and Liverpool & Birkenhead operated by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Liverpool is located approx 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours from Leeds and Sheffield.

Yorkshire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to various cities and towns in Yorkshire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Leeds is approx 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Doncaster, Sheffield, Hull, York, Barnsley, Rotherham, Bradford, Wakefield and Skipton. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Megabus offers services from Victoria Coach station to Leeds, the journey time is 4 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours depending on traffic, time of day and service. There are also services to other places in Yorkshire including Doncaster, Sheffield, Wakefield and York.

Whilst travelling by coach to Yorkshire is usually more time consuming than using rail and road, it is usually more cost effective.

Leeds Bradford Airport is located approx 8 miles from Leeds offering good access to the Yorkshire region. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Doncaster Sheffield (Robin Hood) Airport is located 20 minutes drive (8 miles) from Doncaster via the A638 and 45 minutes drive (30 miles) from Sheffield via the A638, M18, M1 and A57. The airport is located one hour from Leeds.

For more information on public transport in Yorkshire including information on public transport and timetables please see:

North Yorkshire Transport from North Yorkshire County Council

South Yorkshire Transport from Travel South Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Transport from Metro

East Riding of Yorkshire Transport from East Riding of Yorkshire Council

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