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

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

For information about all mainline train services, call National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or +44 20 7278 5240 from overseas (international rates apply) (both lines open 24 hours every day except Christmas Day). Trainline also offers a one-stop shop for train and coach travel, although you may be charged a booking fee.

TransPennine Express services from Manchester, Leeds and York continue on to either Saltburn or Malton, Seamer and Scarborough where there are onward connections by bus.

Northern 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. Dogs travel free too.

Live in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton, Hambleton, Scarborough or Ryedale?

Then apply for the Esk Valley Railcard. It costs £10 a year and offers the following benefits:

  • 1/3 off normal adult train fares on the Esk Valley Railway
  • Up to four accompanying under 16s also receive 1/3 off, which is based on 81% discount on adult fares
  • 1/3 off North Yorkshire Moors Railway fares
Bringing your bike on the train

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. Customers are advised to book early to avoid disappointment, but reservations can be made as little as 15 minutes before you travel.

By bus

National Express coaches also serve the region with drops at York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Scarborough and Middlesbrough, connecting with Coastliner buses to 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 Traveline.

Check out the Tees Flex on-demand bus service providing state-of-the-art, demand responsive transport into northern parts of the National Park, including Newton under Roseberry, Guisborough and Cowbar. Using the Tees Flex app (iOS and Android), you can hail a vehicle directly from your smartphone.

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

Travelling from overseas?

Travelling from overseas map

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By ferry
  • P&O Ferries operates an extensive service to Hull from Rotterdam. 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 website.
  • DFDS Seaways also operate ferries from Amsterdam to Newcastle, from where you can pick up LNER. 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.

Getting around the North York Moors

Once you've arrived in the area, please see Getting around for further information on travelling around the North York Moors.