My name says it, air travel is an essential part of my life. So even if travelling by plane to York is not the most convenient way, its is my first choice - and it is probably among the cheapest. For people coming from outside the UK, it is perhaps even the only way. As York has no air field with scheduled services, the closest airports are Manchester and Leeds/Bradford. Leeds/Bradford is geographically closer than Manchester. As there is no direct coach service (the excellent 787 service between Leeds/Bradford Airport and York has been suspended) between York and Leeds/Bradford anymore, travel times between York and any of the airports are the same. However, as Leeds/Bradford has more low-cost routes, I still prefer the latter one to go to York.
Leeds/Bradford has good low-cost ervice throughout Europe with Jet2 and Ryanair offering affordable fares. In addition, a couple of other airlines including FlyBe, KLM and BMI serve this airport. To get to York, there are two possibilities. Take either the 757 service to Leeds or the 767 to Harrogate and then travel on by train. Although the Harrogate route is the cheaper one, I would recommedn the onme via Leeds. From Leeds, it is easier to catch a train to York. Harrogate services run only once an our from/to York, even less on weekends.
Although York is a pouplar tourist destination, it is one of the worst cities in the UK to fly to. York has a small air field with now scheduled flights. The next airports are Leeds/Bradford and Manchester. It takes more than an hour to get from one of them to York. See separate tip abput travelling by plane to York via Leeds/Bradford.
York is connected with many other cities by coaches and Bus. See nationalexpress.com for services beyond Yorkshire. First (www.firstgroup.com) has some local services from York.
As York isone of the Uk's most important train hubs, the most convenient way to travel to York is by train. There are frequent services to London, Leeds, Manchester and many other places in the UK. Via Peterborough you can even reach Stansted Airport.
As train travel in the UK has become a mess since privatisation, a combination of two of the mentioned opportunities is probably the most convenient.
Train is the best means for getting to this railway city! The East Coast Mainline passes York halfway between Edinburgh and London so you have no problems catching a National Express train from London's Kings Cross (more problems getting a seat and actually affording the fare if you don't buy in advance...). There are also lots of other trains such as the Trans-Pennine and Metro services from Leeds, Hull, Manchester Airport, Scarborough etc.
As far as coach travel go you have National Express from London's Victoria Coach Station and also from Liverpool/Chester and Newcastle amongst other places. Buses to the Yorkshire coast and to Leeds and Harrogate leave from the railway station too.
The park and ride sites located around the City's ring road are a great way of getting in and out of Town. They are much cheaper than parking and the spaces in the City Centre are limited. With the frequent services and designated bus lanes it really is quick and easy to get in and out.
They are well signposted from all approaches to the city and busses out of town during holidays can be busy so be prepared for a wait.
It is a good idea if you are visiting York, to look for the nearest Park and Ride bus terminus where you can leave your car and travel into town, avoiding congestion, and parking fees.
The Park and Ride we travelled on a few weeks ago (Nov. 2009) cost £2.30 per person, (includes parking the car), but if you are a Senior Citizen with a bus pass, you travel Free of Charge.
There are 5 Park and Ride departure places:-
Rawcliffe Bar # 2 - The Green Line
Askham Bar # 3 - The White Line
Designer Outlet # 7 - The Red Line
Grimston Bar # 8 - The Yellow Line
Monks Cross #9 - The Silver Line
York has a mainline rail station just on the fringe of the city centre. It's conveniently located for walking into the city and from the city's hotels.
A typical Victorian design with interesting details around the station, easy to read information, various shops and cafes and several platforms.
Trains run regularly around the local area and around the country. London for example is about a two hour journey.
Buses and taxis operate from the station forecourt.
A number of train companies operate trains to and from York. Since privatisation the UKs rail network has been split up in to many companies - on one journey across the UK you could travel on the trains of several companies if you had to change trains. So companies using York are National Express for south to London and north to Newcastle and Scotland. Transpennine Express for west to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool or north to Middlesborough, Newcastle or Scarborough. Northern Rail to Hull or Harrogate. Cross Country south to the midlands and south west or north to Newcastle and Scotland. Tickets are valid on all trains so if you are going north to Newcastle and a Cross Country train is departing before a National Express train you can use your ticket.
Check each companies websites for details of offers they may have.
The only way to get to York is by rail. york is at Railway junction and trains go to almost everywhere. In fact York is a railway town, and it is where the National Railway Museum is based.
The journey from Edinburgh to York passes through some of the beautiful coastline in UK and mega partying city of Newcastle upon Tyne>
You don't need to use transport in York. The centre is small and compact. However buses do operate but tend to go around the centre as it is mostly pedestrianised during the day. Bus rover tickets for the day and week available. They are only worth the value if travelling form outskirts of the City or Youth Hostel.
National Express arrives and leaves from outside the railway station.
Wednesday September 10, 2008
When I asked Gillian (Gillybob) what was a must do during our trip to Northern England, she said "You must visit York".
So, on Wednesday, Hans and I headed for the Halifax Train Station to get a train to York.
NORTHERN RAIL has trains going to York every hour. We took the 10:02 train and paid £11.50 each, return (off-peak rate). It took about an hour and twenty minutes to get there. The heart of the city of York (go left) was about a ten minute walk from the York Train Station. You can't miss seeing the huge York Minster.
York is a lovely place to visit, but finding a place to park can be a bit stressful... and leaving it there can be expensive! The fact that the centre is so old gives it character but makes the city a bit of a nightmare to entre by car unless you already know where you are going. More & more people are cycling into the city, but I would never do it - it's so busy! I'm not confident enough on a bike to try it.
Instead, I recommend you travel by train if possible (that way you can enjoy some of the city's lovely pubs, too), or use York's excellent Park & Ride service if you really want to take the car. There are 5 different Park & Ride services around the city, all of which operate 7 days a week. You can check availability of spaces, get directions to the car parks etc via the easy-to-use website. If you are an adult, a return ticket (including car parking) only costs £2 each, and if you have children under 16, up to 2 of them can travel with 1 paying adult for free.
If you prefer to cycle, you can park your bike at any of the park and ride sites for free.
Buses run from 7am to 7:45 pm. You aren't allowed to park there overnight, so don't be late back!
This is of limited use if you arrive at York station by train, as the city centre is an easy walk and there are buses and taxi's serving the station, but there is a bicycle rental facility at York railway station, on Platform 3 (the main platform where trains to London depart) near where all the bicycles park.
Parking in York is a nightmare, and very expensive. Many roads are 'residents only', so even if you think you see a space, chances are that you can't use it for more than 10 minutes. Best to use one of the park & ride sites, around the edge of the York ring road. Buses are frequent (although they stop around 8pm, which is a bit early) and it's a lot cheaper.
Moors Bus is an initiative to allow people without cars ( or those with who want to let the bus take them out) to places both well known and others not so well known in the North Yorkshire Moors National park.
This is an excellent and very cheap way for visitors to the city , especially those from overseas who are not driving, to reach usually inaccessible places such as Castle Howard or Farndale.
The buses interlink quite well but you do have a read through the very informative but long website to get details.
Summer only and some buses disabled friendly. Recommended.
Although there are buses that go from London to York, the only feasible way to do the 200 mile trip on a daytrip from London is to take the train. Better yet, spend the night, you will find yourself wanting more time in York!
The ride from London's King's Cross station takes 2 hours. Tickets are MUCH cheaper if you purchase them in advance, I found a L19 round trip fare on my 1st visit and L22 on my 2nd visit. Booking 3 weeks in advance, there was only one day that had the cheap fare left and the times were pretty limited so book far ahead. If you purchase the advance fare, they say you must take the train that you've booked or you'll pay full fare. Seats are reserved so check your tickets for the seat number.
If you are visiting from outside the UK, you can purchases tickets in advance. They won't deliver the tickets to you but they send you a code via email that you use in conjunction with your credit card at the King's Cross Station. It was extremely easy to pick up the ticket, it took less than a minute to print out my ticket. Good thing since a serious tube delay (and a little underestimation on my part) left me with about 3 minutes to get the ticket and get over to the platform!!!!
York's tourbuses are modern double-deckers which generally used to be service buses in the Yorkshire area, or other places like London and have had partial open-top conversions to become city tour buses.