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Standing stone on Glaisdale Rigg by Mike KiplingStanding stone on Glaisdale Rigg by Mike Kipling

Within easy reach of transport links, travel to and from the North York Moors and surrounding area couldn't be simpler.

By train

There are rail links from all over the country to stations in the towns surrounding the National Park - York, Malton, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Saltburn by the Sea, Whitby, Northallerton and Thirsk - and bus links from the stations. 

Trains from London King's Cross to York can take less than two hours; Virgin Trains East Coast, CrossCountry and Grand Central are the main operators servicing the east coast mainline while

For information about all mainline train services, call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or +44 20 7278 5240 from overseas (international rates apply) (both lines open 24 hours every day except Christmas Day).

Northern also operates direct services starting from Hexham via Newcastle, Sunderland and Hartlepool to Danby, and from Middlesbrough, along the picturesque Esk Valley railway to Whitby taking you right into the heart of the National Park, while TransPennine Express services from Manchester, Leeds and York continue on to Malton and Scarborough.

On summer Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, you can connect straight onto the MoorsBus M5 service from outside Thirsk Railway Station while on summer weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays, Moorsbus M6 operates a service from outside Malton Railway Station, and Moorsbus M8 leaves York Railway Station and Malton Railway Station on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bringing your bike on the train

From 20 May 2018, all cyclists wishing to take their bicycle on board TransPennine Express trains will need to have a cycle reservation or park your bike at their stations. Reservations are free, but customers are advised to book early to avoid disappointment, and not less than 24 hours before travel.

By bus

National Express coaches also serve the region with drops at York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Scarborough and Middlesbrough, connecting with Coastliner buses to Helmsley, Malton, Pickering, Goathland and Whitby from Leeds or York.

Map showing transport links

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Regular local bus services operate throughout the area. Find out more about Getting around the North York Moors or contact YorkshireTravel.net or by calling 0871 200 22 33.

Travelling from overseas?

Travelling from overseas map

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By ferry
  • P&O Ferries operates an extensive service to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

From Hull, you can travel to the North York Moors by train to Scarborough or York and then use the bus network. Plan your journey using the YorkshireTravel.net website.

  • DFDS Seaways also operate ferries from the Netherlands to Newcastle, from where you can pick up Virgin Trains East Coast. Trains run direct to Darlington, Northallerton and York with connections to Whitby, Malton and Scarborough. Find out more information from National Rail.
  • AFerry is a useful price comparison website for all ferry services to Great Britain, with the latest special offers, upcoming timetables and reviews from previous ferry travellers.
By air

Trains operate direct from Manchester Airport to York, Malton, Scarborough, Northallerton and Middlesbrough. The area is also well served by the airports of Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford and Durham/Tees Valley.

Regular trains from London serve York with connecting trains to Malton, Scarborough, Whitby, Thirsk and Northallerton.

Getting around the North York Moors

Once you've got here, for information on travelling around the North York Moors, please see our Getting around page.