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Special tickets

Special Fares for bus travel in the Yorkshire Dales

Several bus companies in the Dales offer Rover/Explorer-type tickets offering unlimited travel on their buses for a day. There are often family tickets available too. Details of some of these bargain tickets appear below.  Click on the links below to view further information about these tickets.

If you're travelling on the weekend leisure bus services, either to or within the Dales, then a Dales Rover might well offer the best value. These tickets are available from the driver on most of the leisure routes, and then can be used on most buses, regardless of operator, for the rest of the day.

Most other bus tickets are only valid on a single operator's routes, so check before purchasing a return ticket on a route operated by multiple companies.

OAP Fares

Pensioners and disabled people from anywhere in England with the appropriate pass are entitled to free, local off-peak bus travel. In order to benefit from this entitlement anyone aged 60 or over needs a new style concessionary pass.

Concessionary free travel is generally available in North Yorkshire from 0900 onwards on Mondays to Fridays, and at anytime on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. 
They may also be used on the following journeys:
  • 0740 Pateley Bridge to Harrogate (service 24)
  • 0715 Gunnerside to Richmond (service 30)
  • 0840 Reeth to Richmond (service 30)
  • 0851 Thoralby to Hawes (service 156)
  • 0854 Grassington to Ilkley (service 74)
  • 0855 Grassington to Skipton (service 72)
  • 0841 Gargrave to Skipton (service 580)
  • 0859 Gargrave to Settle (service 580)

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K-Day ticket

A K-Day ticket allows travel on all Transdev Keighley & District bus routes, plus Transdev Burnley & Pendle service 872 between Skipton and Grassington only. A Sunday ticket is valid all day, and is available from any Transdev Keighley & District driver for £3.50.

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Pride of the Dales Rovers

Pride of the Dales Rovers are valid on the weekday Skipton to Grassington/Hebden/Buckden and Ilkley to Grassington/Buckden bus routes operated by Pride of the Dales.

They can only be purchased from the driver on the day of travel.

Prices (at January 2009): Adult £5.90,   Under 16s  £2.95, Family (2+3) £12.10

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Harrogate & District Day Gold Tickets

Harrogate & District Day Gold Tickets offer the freedom to travel on all routes run by Harrogate & District Travel, including buses from Leeds to Harrogate and Ripon, Harrogate to Skipton and Harrogate to Pateley Bridge. Day Gold tickets can also be used for travel on Ripon Roweller services to and from destinations beyond Ripon, including Fountains Abbey and Masham.

Day Gold Tickets may be purchased from the driver on any Harrogate & District bus, by one adult travelling alone or by a group of people travelling together.

Day Gold Tickets are priced (from 1st May 2011) at -

  • £7.00 Adult
  • £14.00 Family (2 adults travelling together; 2 adults and up to 3 children* or 1 adult and up to 4 children*)

* Qualifying children must be aged under 16, or be in possession of a valid SuperSaver.

Tickets are not restricted to family members, but are available to any group travelling together.

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Ilkley DalesBus & Skipton DalesBus Rail Tickets

Ilkley DalesBus and Skipton DalesBus tickets allow a day return by train to Ilkley or Skipton, then unlimited travel on the Wharfedale area buses, as far north as Buckden. The tickets cost just £3.00 on top of the off-peak return fare to your chosen station.

The tickets are available to either Ilkley or Skipton Rail Stations from Leeds, Bradford Forster Square and all stations on the Airedale and Wharfedale lines. An added bonus is that the tickets are available anytime. (Off-Peak Return tickets are usually only available after 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays, although there’s no time restriction at weekends.)

The tickets are valid on Pride of the Dales bus services 72 and 72R between Skipton, Grassington and Hebden, and service 74 between Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden, on Keighley & District service 66A between Skipton and Grassington, on DalesBus services 800 and 874 between Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden and on Cravenlink services 883 and 884 between Ilkley and Skipton. One slight limitation is that the Skipton and Ilkley versions of the ticket aren’t interchangeable, so you need to return home from the same station.

Example Fares:

  • Ilkley DalesBus Ticket from Bradford: £6.50
  • Ilkley DalesBus Ticket from Leeds: £7.50
  • Skipton DalesBus Ticket from Leeds: £10.70
  • Note that the DalesBus tickets can only be combined with Off-Peak Return fares, not any other type of ticket. A half-price child version of the ticket is available, but the tickets cannot be combined with concessionary fares for MetroPermit holders.

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Dales & District Freedom Tickets

Freedom tickets priced at £8.50 for adults, £17.00 for a family and £5.00 for children are available for a day's unlimited travel on buses operated by Dales & District.

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Dales Bus Discounts

If you're travelling by public transport to or through the Yorkshire Dales, you can now take advantage of the Dales Bus Discount Scheme. Keep your eye open for the window stickers in participating cafés, pubs, B&Bs and other attractions in the Dales - or use the link below to search through a complete listing of businesses that offer a Dales Bus Discount.

Whether it's a free cup of tea with your meal, money off your overnight stay, or a discounted entry to one of the Dales' attractions, there's never been a better time to travel by bus or train. All you need is a valid public transport ticket when claiming your discount at participating businesses. See Dales Bus Discounts for full details.

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Dales Rover Tickets

Dales Rover tickets offer unlimited travel on most DalesBus services on Sundays and Bank Holidays only. They can be bought from the driver on any participating service.

There are four types of Dales Rover for the Summer season from 22nd April 2011:
 

Southern Dales Rover £7.50 - valid on all participating DalesBus services in the Southern Zone, as far as Clitheroe, Settle, Cray, Middlesmoor, Masham, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge (see map), plus all bus services operated by Transdev Keighley & District.

Northern Dales Rover £7.50 - valid on all participating DalesBus services in the Northern Zone, as far south as Settle, Kirkby Lonsdale, Buckden, Northallerton and Ripon (see map). A discounted version of this ticket - priced £5.00 - is available on production of a valid rail ticket.

All Dales Rover £9.50 - valid throughout all participating DalesBus services, plus all services operated by Transdev Harrogate & District and Transdev Keighley & District.

800 Dales Rover for Sudents & MetroRover Holders £5.00 - Show your student card or MetroRover pass to buy an 800 Dales Rover – for travel throughout DalesBus services 800, 812, 820, 825, 830, 831, 832, 833, 856, 870, 872, 874, 883, 884 and 890.

Up to two children (aged up to 16) may travel free with each Dales Rover holder.

Dales Rover Participating Services:

Dales Rover tickets are valid, within the appropriate zones, on Sundays and Bank Holidays on the following DalesBus services:
24, 139, 800, 812, 820, 825, 830, 831, 832, 833, 856, 870, 872, 874, 883, 884, 890, X80

Dales Rovers are not valid on any other service (except that the All Dales Rover is valid on all services operated by Transdev Harrogate & District and Transdev Keighley & District, and the Southern Dales Rover is valid on all services operated by Transdev Keighley & District)
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Dales Rovers are not valid on service 127.

 

 

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