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 available from 0930 onwards on Mondays to Fridays (from 0900 for North Yorkshire residents), 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, the 0830 service 30 bus from Reeth to Richmond and Little White Bus services. For details contact North Yorkshire County Council or the bus operator.
If you have any valid Metro MCard loaded with a weekly or longer period ticket you can travel for free throughout weekend DalesBus services to and from West Yorkshire - these are currently Sunday services 873, 874and 884.
K-Day tickets allow unlimited travel for a day on most buses operated by The Keighley Bus Company, including Dalesway service 66 to/from Skipton, DalesBus 72 between Skipton and Grassington, Cravenlink 864/873/884 between Ilkley and Skipton only and service 64 between Ilkley and Skipton. K-Day tickets are also valid on Mainline service m4 between Keighley and Colne, on all Team Pennine services (including Great Northern Line 502 between Keighley and Halifax) and on Pendle Wizz between Barnoldswick and Skipton.
Tickets, available from the driver, are priced (at September 2022) at £5 for adults and £2.70 for under 19's (valid from 0930 Monday to Friday and all day at weekends).
A Freedom ticket, priced (at March 2022) at £10.00 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.
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.
There are no time restrictions on the use of these tickets on either buses or trains.
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 Fridays (except on bank holidays) or on Winter Saturdays.
Day Rangers allow travel from any station between Leeds or Bradford Forster Square and Carlisle (via Settle). The ticket is valid for one day, and has no time restrictions. It allows passengers to get on and off the train as they wish, travelling in any direction. Tickets are priced (as at March 2023) at £37.10 for adults and £18.55 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.
Dales Railcards entitle holders to a one third discount on fares on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line, Leeds-Morecambe line and between Whalley and Hellifield (Sundays only). They also include travel on those lines from Bradford, and permit up to four accompanying children to travel at discounted child fares.
Travel before 0815 on Mondays to Fridays is excluded.
Dales Railcard holders also usually benefit from an extra discount offer during the winter months. Click here for details of an increased discount offer running until 1st April 2023.
Dales Railcards can be purchased for £10 for a year by residents in the postcode areas adjacent to the Skipton-Settle-Carlisle and Skipton-Lancaster railway lines. They can be purchased at Appleby, Carlisle, Settle and Skipton stations, or online (with a £1.50 delivery charge) 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 (FoSCL) or LASRUG are also able to purchase a Dales Railcard for £10 plus £1.50 delivery charge regardless of where they live. Details of how to join FoSCL and order Dales Railcards are available on their website.
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.