This ticket is available from Skipton station and gives unlimited travel on the Settle/Carlisle line.
1 day adult £28, railcard £18.50 and child £14.00. (2012 prices).
Concessions - 16-25, Senior and Disabled Railcard holders £18.50
Where conditions are met Family & Friends Railcard Adult 34%, Children 81% discount, subject to minimum of £1·00.
You would need to buy a Leeds to Skipton ticket to gain the actual rover ticket.
Note - this card not available in 2013. Now covered by the North West Round Robin which now includes Leeds.
If you would like to explore from Leeds by train the North East Rover may be of use. This ticket offers 197 miles of travel on the East Coast Mainline from Retford to Berwick on Tweed. The area covered is bounded by Newcastle - Carlisle - Settle - Bradford - Halifax - Huddersfield - Sheffield - Retford - Cleethorpes - the North Sea coast plus Newcastle and Berwick on Tweed. Leeds falls within this area. Harrogate line included from 2013.
Any 4 days in 8 - £88, child £44.00 and with a railcard £58.10. Not valid on Hull Trains or Grand Central trains and only after 08.45.
Any 7 days £102, child £51.00 and with a railcard £67.35.
This ticket covers an area bounded by Leeds - Selby - Hull - Halifax - Preston - Morecambe - Newcastle - Carlisle and the North Sea and Irish Sea coasts.
Not valid on Hull Trains or Grand Central and only after 8.45.
2013 prices are -any 4 days in 8 - £84 but with a railcard £55.45 and a child £42.
The Leeds CityBus links the city's railway and bus stations, universities and colleges, hospitals, shopping and business districts. It's a handy way to get about in the city especially if you need to get from one end to the other end of the city.
It used to be free! It's ludicrous that we now have to pay 50p per journey compared to similar services which are without charge in different UK cities! However if you have a travel card (for example, a metrocard) or concessionary pass it's still free of charge.
This is the mainline railway station in the city centre where number train companies operate services across the country such as Virgin Cross Country, Northern Rail, Transpennine Express,East Coast and East Midland Trains.
Click onto the highlighted companies for more information on the services including rail fares.
The Scarborough Spa Express will not be running from Leeds in 2012 (probably due to station capacity been reached at Leeds) but a short train ride from Leeds to either Normanton or Castleford will allow you to pick the train up at these stations.
Vintage steam engines hauling classic style carriages will then take you to York and/or Scarborough. There is a refreshment service on board every train.
The journey is expensive in comparison to the standard train but this is a real experience and the journey does seem more relaxed at a slightly slower speed in the newer trains.
Quite expensive but children can sometimes travel free. The website has details.
The largest station in Yorkshire which is already at full capacity and will be extended within the next few years. You can take a train to virtually everywhere on the rail network from here and within West Yorkshire you can just turn up and find a train to your destination. There is generally a train every 30 minutes to London and every 15 minutes to Manchester.
There are a number of shops on the station - Boots, Sainsburys Local, Cards Galore, W H Smith and Body Shop. Many eating places including McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Weatherspoons and Starbucks amongst others.
Ticket gates operate at this station and you must have a ticket to get on or off the platforms.
A good taxi rank service exists and also a free city centre local bus plus standard city and area buses stop outside.
This is Leeds main bus station situated in the city centre and the first point of call if one travels by bus and coach to Leeds. Buses arrive and depart serve the Leeds and Bradford Districts, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.
Bus and coach services are operated by First Group, Arriva , Trans Dev Keighley & District , Trans Dev Harrogate & District, Trans Dev Yorkshire Coastliner, Stagecoach in Hull , Yorkshire Line and National Express (for nationwide destinations). There are smaller operator but these are the main ones.
As well as a travel shop, there are toilets, newsagents, cafe, taxi ranks and Information Help Point.
Running every few minutes from 06.30 to 19.30 Mon to Sat, the stops are-
Bus & Coach station (stop 3)
City Rail Station
Park Lane College
Clarendon Rd./Maternity Hospital
Leeds General InfirmaryLeeds Metropolitan University
Update April 2011: member Nemorino (thanks Don) told me that Metro is now charging 50p for this service (the council pulled out of half-funding the service); which is still very reasonable....for the time being at least!
They still offer free bus services in Bradford, Dewsbury, Huddersfield & Wakefield.
This is a great way to travel from London and the Midlands. Midland Mainline offer a slower service from the south and more often than not a cheaper service. The journey though is definately more interesting than the East Coast mainline. The service though maybe subject to disruption at the moment though as London St Pancras is getting ready for the Eurostar!!!!
Virgin Trains operate an hourly service from the South West (Bristol, Birmingham) and through to Scotand (Edinburgh, Inverness). Trains are often crowded so book early and if you like your comfort then make sure you book an upgrade to First Class as the seats are definately more comfortable!
One of the best way's to travel from Europe if you like ships, water and a great time is to Travel from either Zeebrugge (Belgium) or Rotterdam (Holland) and then connect to Trans Pennine Express at Hull Railway Station (Bus or Taxi connection at Ferry port to Hull Paragon Station)!!! The cruise ferries are the largest in the World and offer a fun way to travel from Europe
Be careful if you are visiting Leeds and using public transport as the busses finish between 23.00 and 23.30 if you miss the last one then it is very expensive in hackney taxis (black and white) as these are the only ones you can flagg down in the centre of leeds
I normally book my train tickets through a company called The Trainline. This time I found that it was cheaper to book my tickets direct with National Express who operate the trains from London to Leeds. I booked it a few days in advance and I paid £14.70 going to London and £19.15 coming back to Leeds. The trainline are offering you a discount if you book 3 weeks in advance. I could have got the tickets cheaper if I was willing to travel later.
Why can't all city centres have a free bus - what a great idea. Recently travelled into Leeds by train - New Street Station and right outside the building is a new bus interchanvge and there is this great service for th public of a free bus running in a circular route around, and through the city centre, the shopping, business and cultural districts. Its aimed at reducing city congestion - shows some forward thinking IMHO. The route is:
Leeds Rail station, Wellington Street, King Street, Westgate - Town Hall / Art Gallery/ Westgate , Westgate - Court houses, Park lane, Park Lane College, Hanover Way, Clarendon Road - Maternity Hospital, Hyde Street, Clarendon Way - Dental Hospital, Clarendon Way - rear of - Leeds University, Leeds General Infirmary, Portland Way, Leeds Metropolitan University, Woodhouse Lane Merrion Centre - Shopping, St John centre, The Headrow, Eastgate, Leeds Bus & Coach station - West Yorkshire Playhouse / College of Music/ BBC Leeds / rear of Leeds Market, Eastgate, Vicar Lane Leeds Market, Duncan Street, Boar lane, New Station Street Station,