Special Fares for Travel in the Yorkshire Dales

Short-term Special Offers:                  

          Winter Offer on Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Morecambe Line for Dales Railcard Holders

Winter Offer on Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Morecambe Line for West Yorkshire ENCTS Passholders


Ongoing Special Fares:

OAP Concessionary Bus Fares

One Way 1 Young Persons Fares

A2BNoW Card for Young People in South Lakeland

Dales Rover Tickets (Dales Freedom Rover and Dales Privilege Rover)


Craven Explorer Tickets

Northern Dales Explorer Tickets

Craven Connection Day Tickets

Pride of the Dales Day Rovers

Dales & District Freedom Tickets

Wensleydale Rover Tickets

Dales Rambler (Train+Bus) Tickets 

Daytripper Tickets (Transdev)

K-Day Tickets

Northern Rail Rovers

Dales Railcard

Settle Carlisle Line Day Ranger Tickets


OAP Concessionary Bus Fares

Senior citizens and disabled people from throughout England are entitled to free local off-peak bus travel. In order to benefit from this entitlement an English National Concessionary Pass is needed - details of how to apply for a pass are available from your local council.


Concessionary free travel is generally available to North Yorkshire residents from 0900 onwards on Mondays to Fridays (from 0930 for holders of passes issued elsewhere in England), and at anytime on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.


Passes may also be used for free travel on certain journeys on Mondays to Fridays before 0900 - including the 0720 service 24 bus from Pateley Bridge to Harrogate and the 0830 service 30 bus from Reeth to Richmond. For details contact North Yorkshire County Council or the bus operator.


Passes are now valid on the scheduled Wharfedale Packhorse services on the first and fifth Saturdays of each month.


Passes are however not valid for free travel on some demand responsive services.


Dales Rover Tickets

Dales Rover tickets offer unlimited travel on all DalesBus services, and some key connecting bus services, on Sundays and Bank Holidays only. They can be bought from the driver.

There are two types of Dales Rover for 2017-18:


Available if you are:
    Student, with NUS Card or Metro Student Photocard
    ENCTS passholder
    Railcard holder

Dales Rover tickets offer unlimited travel on all these services on Winter Sundays from 1 October 2017:

        24, 36, 62, 66, X43, X80, X84, NEW 747, 855, 856, 873, 874, 884

Up to two children (aged up to 16) or young people (if holding a Metro Scholar's PhotoCard or YOzone card) may travel free with each Dales Rover holder.



If you have any valid Metro MCard loaded with a weekly or longer period ticket you can travel for free throughout Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus services to and from West Yorkshire - these are services 873, 874 and 884.


Craven Explorer Tickets

The Craven Explorer ticket provides great value for money for people using DalesBus services in the Craven area on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

The ticket comes in two versions: an adult ticket priced at 8.00 and a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 3 children) for just 15.00.

The ticket is available from the driver on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays on:

         All Keighley Bus Company buses, including the SHUTTLE service 662 from Bradford to Keighley, Dalesway service 66 from Keighley to Skipton, and service 62 from Keighley to Ilkley.

        Cravenlink 873/884 between Guiseley, Ilkley and Skipton

        DalesBus 874 between Otley, Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden

        Witch Way X43 between Skipton and Grassington


Northern Dales Explorer Tickets

Northern DalesExplorer tickets are valid on Sundays on Wensleydale buses 855 and 856 between Garsdale, Hawes and Northallerton. Buy from the driver.

Adult: 8.00   Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): 15.00


Craven Connection Day Tickets

Craven Connection Day Tickets are valid on Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire Craven Connection buses 580 (Skipton - Settle) and 581 (Settle - Ingleton - Kirkby Lonsdale), plus on Saturdays bus 75 (Skipton - Malham)

- a day ticket offering unlimited travel on these services is 10

- a 2-day ticket offering unlimited travel on these services is 15


Pride of the Dales Day Rovers

Pride of the Dales Day Rovers are valid on weekday routes 72 and 72R between Skipton and Grassington operated by Pride of the Dales.

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

Prices (at May 2016): Adult 8.00, Under 16s 4.00

Note that these tickets are not valid on services 72A, 72B or 74A operated by North Yorkshire County Council and the Upper Wharfedale Bus.


Daytripper Tickets

Daytripper Tickets offer the freedom to travel for a day on all buses run by Harrogate Bus Company, Keighley Bus Company, Transdev York, Burnley Bus Company and Blackburn Bus Company, and on Coastliner between Leeds and York only.

Daytripper Tickets are priced (from 19th February 2017) at:

Daytripper Plus tickets also include travel on Coastliner between York and the East Coast, and on the open-top York City Sightseeing bus.

Daytripper Plus Tickets are priced (from 19th February 2017) at:

Daytripper Dales tickets are no longer available.


K-Day Tickets

K-Day tickets allow unlimited travel for a day on most buses operated by The Keighley Bus Company, including service 62 to/from Otley and Harrogate, service 66 to/from Skipton and Wharfedale Links services. K-Day tickets are also valid on Mainline service m4 between Keighley and Colne.

Tickets, available from the driver, are priced (November 2017) at 4.30 for adults (4.90 before 0930 on Mondays to Fridays).

On Cravenlink services 873 and 884 K-Day tickets are only valid between Ilkley and Addingham. 


Dales & District Freedom Tickets

A Freedom ticket, priced (at April 2016) at 9.00 for adults, 5.50 for children and 18.00 for a family ticket, is available on buses operated by Dales & District on Mondays to Saturdays.  On Sundays and Bank Holidays Dales Rover tickets are available. 


Wensleydale Rover Tickets

Rover tickets, priced (at June 2016) at 9.00 for adults, 18.00 for a family ticket and 4.50 for children are available for a day on all services operated by Little White Bus, and on service 155 between Bedale and Leyburn operated by North Yorkshire County Council. 

A Student Day Rover Ticket is available for 7.00 on Little White Bus Service 156 college day journeys and accepted on connecting Dales & District service 610R at Leyburn for onward travel to/from Darlington College.


Dales Rambler Day Ranger Tickets

Dales Rambler Day Ranger tickets are available for a day trip to the Dales from Leeds and Bradford and all stations on the Airedale and Wharfedale railway lines.

Tickets include travel on Northern Rail services between Bradford Forster Square / Leeds and Ilkley / Skipton, and unlimited travel on any of these DalesBus services:

Prices: Adult: 12.00; Child: 6.00; Railcard: 7.90; Family: 25.00

There are no time restrictions on the use of Dales Rambler Day Ranger tickets.

Dales Rambler tickets can only be purchased at staffed railway stations or from the conductor on the train (when boarding at unstaffed stations or where the ticket office is closed). Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus.

Note that Dales Rambler tickets are not valid on services 72A/74A (NYCC) or 72B (UWB).  Therefore there are no valid bus connections to/from Ilkley Station on Dales Rambler tickets on Mondays to Saturdays (except on bank holidays).


Settle Carlisle Line Day Rangers

Day Rangers allow travel from any station between Leeds or Bradford Forster Square and Carlisle (via Settle).  The ticket is valid for one day, with no time restrictions.  It allows passengers to get on and off the train as they wish, travelling in any direction. From 21 May 2017 the price will be 30.00 for adults and 15 for children and railcard holders (including the local Dales Railcard) are eligible for a 1/3 discount.

The Day Ranger ticket can be purchased at any staffed station ticket office or (if you board at a station without ticket purchasing facilities) from the guard on the train.


Northern Rail Rovers and Rangers

Day Ranger tickets give you the freedom to explore all over the North by train. Just hop on and off the train as many times as you wish.

Rover tickets allow you to travel on four out of eight consecutive days within your chosen area or on seven consecutive days covering the North East or North West.

For details see the Northern website.


Dales Railcard

Dales Railcards can be purchased by residents in the postcode areas adjacent to the Skipton-Settle-Carlisle and Skipton-Lancaster railway lines. They cost just 10 (until May 2018, 13 thereafter) and entitle holders to a one third discount on fares on the: Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line, Leeds-Morecambe line, between Whalley and Hellifield (Sundays only) and to/from Brampton and Wetheral on the Tyne Valley line. They even offer travel on those lines from stations between Leeds, Bradford and Skipton, and permit up to four accompanying children to travel at discounted child fares. Dales Railcards can be purchased at Appleby, Carlisle, Carnforth, Settle and Skipton stations, or online at here

Details of a special winter offer for Dales Railcard holders are available here.

Further details of the Dales Railcard scheme are available on the Settle-Carlisle line website.

Members of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line or the Friends of DalesBus are also able to purchase a Dales Railcard for 14 a year regardless of where they live.


A2BNoW Card for Young People in South Lakeland

A2BNoW is a reduced fare bus travel card for 5-18 year olds living in South Lakeland. If you are aged 5 - 18 and live in South Lakeland your A2BNoW card can let you travel on local buses for a maximum of 1.80 for a single journey or 3.00 return.

See Cumbria County Council website for further details.



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