So you’ve decided to go to the Dales but how do you get there?

Public transport is the most environmentally friendly way to travel. Did you know one full bus can take around 35 cars off the road! And you get to see much more along the way!

Trains run regularly towards the Yorkshire Dales from Leeds and Bradford getting you direct to Ilkley, the Dales towns of Skipton and Settle and pretty villages such as Giggleswick and Clapham.

For timetables of trains to Skipton and the Settle – Carlisle line (Skipton, Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ribblehead) or Lancaster – Morecambe line (for Skipton, Giggleswick and Clapham) and other trains to the Yorkshire Dales visit

Regular bus services provide onward connections from Ilkley, Skipton and Settle all year to many popular Dales locations:

72/72R Skipton – Grassington – Hebden/Buckden  Mon – Sat  Details
872 Burnley – Skipton – Grassington  Sun  Details
74 Ilkley – Grassington – Buckden  Mon – Sat  Details
870/874 Wakefield – Leeds – Ilkley – Grassington – Buckden  Sun  Details
210/211 Skipton – Malham  Mon – Sat  Details
10/11 Clitheroe – Slaidburn – Settle – Horton In Ribblesdale  Mon – Sat  Details
580 Skipton – Settle – Giggleswick (Connects with 581)  Mon – Sat  Details
581 Kirby Lonsdale – Ingleton – Settle (Connects with 580)  Mon – Sat  Details
883/884 Ilkley – Bolton Abbey/Draughton – Skipton  Sun  Details

For the Eastern Dales you can catch frequent bus service 36 from Leeds to Harrogate or Ripon for onward buses:

24 Harrogate – Pateley Bridge Daily  Details
139 Ripon – Fountains Abbey Mon – Sat  Details
159 Ripon – Masham – Leyburn – Richmond Mon – Sat  Details

The DalesBus network also provides buses from West Yorkshire direct into the Yorkshire Dales. Most of these buses run on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays only, but there are also a few buses on Winter Sundays and on weekdays during the summer school holidays.

For full details of all bus and train services in and around the Dales visit  

To help you plan a journey you can also use these journey planners

If you’re coming as a group there are many community transport providers who will provide a minibus and driver for the day.

Community transport in West Yorkshire

or try Health for All in Leeds, Keighley Community Transport, Shipley & Bingley Voluntary Services in Bradford.

You may also find private hire companies in your local area.

If you are coming by car then there are journey planners to help you get to the Yorkshire Dales