Travelling around

When you visit the North York Moors, why not let the bus or train take the strain?

The North York Moors and surrounding area has a good network of rail and bus services, serving many of the main towns and villages.

By bus

There are good local bus services:

Esk Valley Hopper - a new bus service for 2014, running from Whitby through the villages of the Esk Valley.

Yorkshire Coastliner - from Leeds, Tadcaster, York and Malton to Pickering, Thornton le Dale, Goathland and Whitby.

Arriva - serving the northern part of the National Park, Middlesbrough, Guisborough,  Whitby and Scarborough. New for 2014, a Sunday (and Bank Holiday Monday) service, the Moors Rambler - from Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Guisborough, through to Pickering, via The Moors National Park Centre at Danby, Blakey Ridge, Hutton le Hole and Kirkbymoorside.

East Yorkshire Motor Services - New for 2014, a Sunday bus service, the Moors Explorer - from Hull, Cottingham and Beverley all the way to The Moors National Park Centre at Danby, via Malton, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Hutton le Hole and Blakey.

Also for Scarborough area and from Scarborough to Helmsley.

East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) offer a 10% discount card. The card is free and used like a top-up card with your credit paying for your bus journeys. For regular bus travellers it offers a good saving on single and return journeys and can be used on most services including 128 Scarborough to Helmsley. An on-line application form is available:

Stephensons of Easingwold - for Helmsley, Hovingham, Castle Howard and Malton, Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley, Easingwold and York and Malton and York.

Coastal and Country Coaches - serving Whitby area - town services and Whitby to York plus bus hire, excursions and tours. 

By train

The Esk Valley line is one of the most picturesque train journeys in the country, travelling through the heart of the National Park from Middlesbrough to Whitby.

Trans Pennine Express operate the trains from York through Malton to Scarborough.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the oldest train lines in the country. Originally an amazing feat of engineering, it goes from Pickering to Levisham and on through the Newtondale gorge to Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby.

For information on travelling to the North York Moors and surrounding area from elsewhere in the UK and from overseas, please see our How to get here page.

By car?

Please remember that if you choose to travel around the area by car that many of our roads are narrow and shared by other users. Very few of the roads have separate paths so you may well meet a walker, cyclist or horse-rider in the middle of the road as you come round a bend. So please drive carefully and take care.

You will find car parks in some of the villages which help to relieve congestion on the roads. In the National Park, the National Park Authority has provided car parks for which there is a moderate charge. The money raised helps to look after the car park so that the Authority's funding can be used to care for the National Park.

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