Travelling to Yorkshire

Travelling anywhere in the UK can be stressful, but as Yorkshire is so big, it can be confusing (to say the least) when trying to get to your holiday destination. We strongly recommend you use a SatNav or map if driving and plan your train/bus route well in advance, if you are travelling via public transport. All of our Yorkshire holiday cottages come with detailed advice on how to reach the property, nearby stations, parking facilities etc, but this guide will give you a general overview of how to reach our most popular Yorkshire spots, as well as give you advice on how to travel around God’s Own County once you arrive. 

a road leading through the countryside

By Car

The A1(M) runs straight through the middle of North Yorkshire, from Doncaster up to Dalington. So, whether you are traveling east to the coast (Whitby, Scarborough etc), or west into the Dales, the A1 is the best place to start, particularly if you are travelling from the south. Popular off-shoots of the A1 include: the A61 eastbound towards Thirsk; the A64/A59 towards York; M62/M621 towards Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield and the A61 westbound towards Ripon. 

Once you’ve reached Yorkshire, it can be handy to remember the popular A roads that take you towards some of the region’s tourist hotspots: 

  • The A61/A661 and A59 into Harrogate.
  • The A59 also travels through Bolton Abbey and Skipton.
  • A65 through Ilkley up to Settle and Ingleton.
  • The A64 from York goes through Malton and onto Filey.
  • The A614 takes you through East Yorkshire to the popular coastal spots of Flamborough and Bridlington.


A family purchasing tickets on a bus

By Bus

The National Express and Megabus have plenty of routes that stop in major Yorkshire locations such as York, Bradford and Leeds, from where you can catch connecting trains and buses to more remote areas of the region. 

But Yorkshire also boasts a fabulous bus service in the form of the Coastliner, which has 26 bus routes and over 700 stops across West and North Yorkshire that take you across the Dales and Moors, as well as to various stops along the coast. Check out their official website to start planning your route and pre-book tickets for your journey. 

A large black steam train sitting at the station

By Train

The Dales: 
The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line is probably the most well-known and well-serviced train line running through the Dales. Leeds and York are prime stations to travel to when coming from elsewhere in England and Wales, as both are well connected to all four ridings of Yorkshire. The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line travels through the following stations: Shipley, Bingley, Keighley, Skipton, Gargrave, Hellifield, Long Preston, Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Kirby Stephen, Appleby and onwards toward Cumbria. 

North York Moors: 
The Esk Valley Railway starts in Middlesbrough and runs through the North York Moors to Whitby. The first station in North Yorkshire is Great Ayton and the train travels through Battersby, Kildale, Commondale, Castleton Moor, Danby, Leaholm, Glaisdale, Egton, Grosmont (change here for the North York Moors line to Pickering), Sleights, Runswarp and Whitby. 

The Yorkshire Coast
The Yorkshire Wolds Coast Line runs from Hull to Scarborough through East Yorkshire to some of the region’s most beloved coastal towns. Starting from Hull, the line travels through Cottingham, Beverley, Arram, Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, Wafferton, Bridlington, Bempton, Hunmanby, Filey, Seamer, Scarborough. 

Scarborough also has a train station that is on the Transpennine Express route from York. The train from York also stops in Malton and Seamer. 

However you choose to get to Yorkshire, be sure to have somewhere lovely to stay when you arrive by booking one of our Yorkshire holiday cottages today.