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Bus Services

There are many bus services within the Yorkshire Dales which run throughout the year, providing links between the main towns and villages and the surrounding area.

These are supplemented by extra services during the summer period, which mainly operate on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

All Year Round Bus Services

The main Dales services are outlined below:

  • Ilkley to Grassington and Buckden
  • Ilkley to Bolton Abbey, Embsay and Skipton 
  • Skipton to Grassington and Buckden
  • Skipton to Embsay (for Steam Railway)
  • Skipton to Malham
  • Skipton to Settle and Giggleswick
  • Slaidburn to Settle and Horton in Ribblesdale
  • Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton to Settle
  • Kendal to Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Brough
  • Garsdale Station to Hawes
  • Northallerton to Leyburn, Aysgarth and Hawes
  • Richmond to Reeth, Muker and Keld
  • Ripon to Masham, Leyburn and Richmond
  • Ripon to Fountains Abbey
  • Harrogate to Blubberhouses and Skipton
  • Harrogate to Pateley Bridge
  • Pateley Bridge to Upper Nidderdale 

Extra Summer Dales Bus Services

During the summer extra services operate at weekends to and within the Dales, many of these routes operate from Easter through until mid-October. Services include:

  • York, Leeds and Ilkley to Grassington, Upper Wharfedale, Aysgarth and Hawes
  • Ribblehead to Hawes, Reeth and Richmond
  • Settle to Clapham, Ingleton and Ribblehead
  • York and Harrogate to Ilkley, for connecting buses to Malham, and Buckden  (now also runs on selected Winter Sundays)
  • Malham Tarn Shuttle from Malham to Malham Tarn and Settle
  • Leeds and Otley to Pateley Bridge, Fountains Abbey, Leyburn and Richmond
  • Harrogate to Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge, Lofthouse, Scar House and Middlesmoor (now also runs on selected Winter Sundays)
  • York to Ripon, Fountains Abbey, Pateley Bridge and Grassington
  • Wensleydale Vintage Tour Bus (Ripon - Redmire - Hawes - Garsdale) 
  • Kirkby Stephen to Hawes (Tuesdays)

Full details are available on the Dalesbus website (link opens in new window).

Local Bus Companies

Contact telephone numbers and webpage links for the main bus operators in the Yorkshire Dales area are included in the 'Related Links' to this page.

Many operators are now covered by the Traveline number 0871 200 22 33. If calling from outside the area, key one of the following codes after the initial welcome message:

  • 874 - Cumbria
  • 883 - North Yorkshire

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