Special Fares for Travel in the Yorkshire Dales

Short-term Special Offers:                  


Ongoing Special Fares:

OAP Concessionary Bus Fares

One Way £1 Young Persons Fares

A2BNoW Card for Young People in South Lakeland

Dales Rover Tickets

MetroCards and MCards

Craven Explorer Tickets

Pride of the Dales Day Rovers

Harrogate & District Day Gold Tickets

Dales & District Freedom Tickets

Dales Rambler (Train+Bus) Tickets 

Rail Ticket Offers on Sunday DalesBus

Northern Rail Rovers

Dales Railcard


DalesBus Discounts


OAP Concessionary 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.


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 - for details contact North Yorkshire County Council or the bus operator.


Passes are however not valid for free travel on some demand responsive services or on Wensleydale Vintage Bus 127 (Ripon - Leyburn - Hawes - Garsdale).

After recent investigation, North Yorkshire County Council have concluded that a number of Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services are not eligible services under the relevant legislation and have excluded these from the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme. Passes are therefore not valid for free travel for journeys starting within North Yorkshire or the City of York on any of the following Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services:

Fountains Flyer 812 York - Ripon - Grassington
Eastern Dalesman 820 Otley - Pateley Bridge - Ripon
Eastern Dalesman 821 Ripon - Leyburn - Richmond
Nidderdale Rambler 823 Selby - Tadcaster - Wetherby - Harrogate
Nidderdale Rambler 825 Harrogate - Pateley Bridge - Middlesmoor
Northern Dalesman 830 Ingleton - Ribblehead - Hawes - Richmond - Darlington - Middlesbrough
Ingleborough Pony 831 Ingleton - Ribblehead - Settle
Northern Dalesman 832 Morecambe - Lancaster - Ingleton
DalesBus 857 Buckden - Aysgarth - Hawes
Malham Tarn Shuttle 881 Malham - Malham Tarn - Settle

Concessionary passes do however remain valid for any journeys commencing outside North Yorkshire on services 820/821 (from Otley), 823/825 (from Boston Spa/Wetherby), 830 (from Middlesbrough/Darlington) and 832/830 (from Morecambe/Lancaster).  Passes are also valid for free travel on all Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services not listed above - see map below.

Discounts are available for passholders on affected journeys - single fares are £2.00 or £4.00, and return fares £3.50 or £6.00 depending on distance.  An unlimited Dales Rover ticket is available to ENCTS passholders for £6.00 on Sundays and Bank Holidays - with up to 2 accompanying children travelling free.



York to Ripon or Fountains Abbey: £6.00

York to Pateley Bridge or Grassington: £6.00

Ripon to Pateley Bridge: £3.50

Grassington to Pateley Bridge: £3.50


Otley to Pateley Bridge: £2.00 (payable on return journey)

Otley to Fountains Abbey, Ripon, Leyburn or Richmond: £4.00 (payable on return journey)

Pateley Bridge or Ripon to Richmond: £6.00

Ripon to Leyburn: £3.50


Wetherby to Middlesmoor: £4.00 (payable on return journey)

Harrogate to Middlesmoor: £6.00


Ingleton to Hawes: £3.50

Ribblehead to Muker: £3.50

Ribblehead to Richmond: £6.00


Richmond to Muker: £3.50

Middlesbrough to Ingleton: £6.00


Morecambe to Ingleton: £2.00 (payable on return journey)

Morecambe to Hawes: £4.00 (payable on return journey)

Morecambe to Richmond: £4.00 (payable on return journey)


Any journey: £2 single, £3.50 day return


A guide to the changes can be downloaded here (PDF file).


Dales Rover Tickets - Summer 2015

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

There are six types of Dales Rover:

Sold and valid on all DalesBus services, plus all buses operated by Transdev Harrogate & District, Keighley & District, Burnley & Pendle and Lancashire United.

Sold and valid on all DalesBus services in the Southern Zone, as far as Wakefield, Dewsbury, Burnley, Settle, Malham, Buckden, Middlesmoor, Ripon, Boroughbridge, Knaresborough and Tadcaster.


Sold and valid on all DalesBus services in the Northern Zone, in the area bordered by Settle, Wennington, Kirkby Lonsdale, Sedbergh, Keld, Richmond, Ripon and Buckden.

Show your student card to buy or use a Student Dales Rover on all DalesBus services.

Show your ENCTS elderly or disabled pass to buy or use a Passholder Dales Rover on all DalesBus services. (Free travel is available to ENCTS passholders on many services)

Sold on First Leeds buses only, and valid for travel on all First Leeds bus services and DalesBus services in the Southern Zone.

Dales Rover tickets offer unlimited travel within the appropriate zones on all these DalesBus services on Sundays and Bank Holidays:

24, 82, 564A, 580, 581, 812, 818, 820, 821, 823, 825, 830, 831, 832, 855, 856, 857, 870, 871, 872, 873, 874, 881, 884, and also Upper Dales CONNECT within Wensleydale.

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


MetroCards and MCards

MetroCard and MCard holders can travel for free throughout DalesBus services to and from West Yorkshire on Sundays and Bank Holidays - these are services 818, 820, 823, 870, 871, 873, 874 and 884, as well as on Dales Experience buses 800, 898 and 899.

MCards and MetroCards are also valid on DalesBus services 812, 821, 825, 830, 831, 857, 872 (journey operated by Transdev Keighley only) and 881.

Not all our services are able to read M-Cards electronically, so please don't forget to also carry the grey counterpart which is your proof of purchase for travel.


Craven Explorer Tickets - from 3rd May 2015

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 £7.50 and a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 3 children) for just £14.00.

The ticket is available on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays on:

·         All Transdev Keighley & District buses, including service 66A from Keighley to Skipton, service 662 from Bradford to Keighley and service 762 from Keighley to Ilkley.

·         DalesBus 872 between Skipton, Grassington and Buckden

·         DalesBus 874 between Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden

·         Cravenlink 873 and 884 between Ilkley, Skipton and Malham


Pride of the Dales Day Rovers

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

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

Prices (at May 2015): Adult £7.60, Under 16s £3.80


Harrogate & District Day Gold Tickets

Harrogate & District Day Gold Tickets offer the freedom to travel on all routes run by Transdev Harrogate & District Travel, including buses from Leeds to Harrogate and Ripon, and Harrogate to Pateley Bridge.

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

Day Gold Tickets are priced (from 1st June 2013) at:

* - 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.


Dales & District Freedom Tickets

A Freedom ticket, priced (at April 2013) at £9.00 for adults, £5.50 for children and £18.00 for a family ticket, is available on buses operated by Dales & District. 


Dales Rambler Tickets

Dales Rambler 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 a journey by train to Ilkley or Skipton, then unlimited travel on any of these DalesBus services, returning by train from either station:

Prices from 2nd January 2015: Adult: £11.50; Child: £5.75; Railcard: £7.60*; Family: £24.00

* = Two Together Railcard discounted tickets cannot be used before 09:30 Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).


Rail Ticket Offers on Sunday DalesBus

Valid return rail tickets to Horton-in-Ribblesdale or Ribblehead stations will be accepted for travel on the following DalesBus services on Sundays and Bank Holidays:


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 £13 and entitle holders to a one third discount on fares on the Settle-Carlisle line, Leeds-Morecambe line 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.

A selection of special offers is also now available to holders of current Dales Railcards - click here for details.

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

Members of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and the Friends of DalesBus are also able to purchase a Dales Railcard for £17 a year. Further details of the FoSCL Dales Railcard scheme and how to join online are available on their website. Further details of how to join the Friends of DalesBus are available on their website.


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.


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.

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.


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