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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, Whitby, Northallerton and Thirsk - and good bus links from the stations. 

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, with some services from York Railway Station.

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. 

The picturesque Esk Valley railway operating between Middlesbrough and Whitby takes you right into the heart of the National Park while TransPennine Express services from Manchester, Leeds and York continue on to Malton and Scarborough.

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

By bus

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

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 Traveline Yorkshire 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 Traveline Yorkshire 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.