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

K-Day Dales Tickets

Pride of the Dales Day Rovers

Harrogate & District Day Gold Tickets

Dales & District Freedom Tickets

Dales Rambler (Train+Bus) Tickets 

Northern Rail Rovers

Dales Railcard

FoSCL Railcard


DalesBus Discounts


OAP Concessionary Fares

Senior citizens 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 on the following journey:

All local bus services are currently part of the scheme, including cross-boundary and DalesBus services (except Wensleydale Vintage Bus 127).  North Yorkshire County Council have however recently announced their intention to remove some, but not all, Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus services from the scheme with effect from 3rd May 2015. Further details will be posted here when available.


Opportunities to visit the Dales now include:


Dales Rover Tickets

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

There are five types of Dales Rover (prices valid until 30th April 2015):

Southern Dales Rover £8.00 - sold and valid on all DalesBus services in the Southern Zone, as far as Malham, Buckden, Middlesmoor, Ripon, Knaresborough, Tadcaster, Wakefield and Burnley.

Northern Dales Rover £8.00 - sold and valid on all DalesBus services in the Northern Zone, between Garsdale and Northallerton.

Dales Freedom Rover £10.00 - sold and valid throughout all DalesBus services, plus all services operated by Transdev Harrogate & District, Transdev Keighley & District, Transdev Burnley & Pendle
and Transdev Lancashire United.

Student Dales Rover £5.00 - Show your student card to buy a Student Dales Rover – for travel throughout all DalesBus services.

First Leeds Dales Rover £11.00 - sold only on First Leeds buses, and valid for travel on all First Leeds and DalesBus services.

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

DalesBus Services:

Dales Rover tickets are valid, within the appropriate zones, on Sundays on the following Winter DalesBus services:
24, 823, 825, 855, 856, 870, 872, 873, 874, 884, Upper Dales CONNECT


MetroCards and MCards

MetroCard and MCard holders can travel for free throughout DalesBus services to and from West Yorkshire on Sundays - these are services 823, 870, 873, 874 and 884.

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.


K-Day Dales Tickets

The K-Day Dales 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 £7.00 and a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 3 children) for just £13.20.

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 and Grassington

·         DalesBus 874 between Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden

·         Cravenlink 873 and 884 between Ilkley, Skipton and Malham


£3.90 K-Day Tickets are NOT valid on DalesBus or Cravenlink services, except between Ilkley and Addingham.


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 August 2012): Adult £7.20, Under 16s £3.60, Family (2+3) £14.55


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).


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 and permits up to four accompanying children to travel at discounted child fares. Further details of the Dales Railcard scheme are available on the Settle-Carlisle line website.


FoSCL Railcard

Members of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line are able to purchase a FoSCL Railcard. For just £15 (£17 from 1st January 2015) a year it provides travel discounts on the Settle-Carlisle line, Leeds-Morecambe line and to/from Brampton and Wetheral on the Tyne Valley line. It even offers travel on those lines from stations between Leeds, Bradford and Skipton. Further details of the FoSCL Railcard scheme and how to join the Friends online are available on the Settle-Carlisle line 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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