The North York Moors and surrounding area has a good network of bus services, serving many of the main towns and villages. The key services are listed below, but the easiest way to find the right bus is to use an online travel planner such as Traveline Yorkshire or give them a call on 0871 200 22 33.
Esk Valley Hopper
- runs from Whitby through the villages of the Esk Valley during the school holidays, weekends and Public Holidays between Good Friday and the last Sunday in October.
- from Leeds, Tadcaster, York and Malton to Pickering, Thornton le Dale, Goathland and Whitby. Sunday services too. Also has free Wi-Fi on board to help you plan your day out.
- serving the northern part of the National Park, regular services from Middlesbrough to Scarborough via Guisborough, Whitby and many villages, including Robin Hood's Bay. Late evening and Sunday services too. The main Middlesbrough to Scarborough service (X93) also offers free Wi-Fi.
The Moors Rambler
is a Sunday (and Bank Holiday Monday) service operating during the peak season - from Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Guisborough, through to Pickering, via The Moors National Park Centre
at Danby, Blakey Ridge, Hutton le Hole and Kirkbymoorside. Concessionary passes are accepted. The service will operate on Sundays from 5 July to 27 September and August bank holiday.
NEW for 2015 Moors Endeavour
will operate on Sundays from 5 July to 27 September and August bank holiday, serving Saltburn, Stokesley, Northallerton, Thirsk and Helmsley, and places in-between, including a stop at Sutton Bank National Park Centre
East Yorkshire Motor Services - the 128 Service
runs seven days a week from Scarborough to Helmsley. The Moors Explorer
is their summer Sunday and Bank Holiday service (3 April - 27 September) that runs from Hull, Cottingham and Beverley all the way to The Moors National Park Centre
at Danby, via Malton, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Hutton le Hole and Blakey. You'll also get special discounts on everything from bike hire to cups of tea and museum admission, just show your ticket! Details of participating businesses are shown on their website.
East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) offer a 10% discount card. The card is free and used like a top-up card with your credit paying for your bus journeys. For regular bus travellers it offers a good saving on single and return journeys and can be used on most services including 128 Scarborough to Helmsley. It's simple to apply online.
Stephensons of Easingwold
- for Helmsley, Hovingham, Castle Howard and Malton; Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley, Easingwold and York; and Malton and York. NEW for 2015 is a Sunday service
from 5 April taking you from Easingwold to Castle Howard, Yorkshire Lavender, Nunnington Hall and Helmsley.