North York Moors Steam Railway
North York Moors Steam Railway

North York Moors Travel

The North York Moors are located in the county of North Yorkshire, in northern England, and are easily accessible by train, plane, coach, bus, ferry, or car. Included below are details for arranging your travel and estimated journey times.

By Rail:
The UK has an excellent rail network including both an east coast and west coast main line rail service running from southern England to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Most major towns, cities, airports and ferry ports are connected to the rail network. There are railway stations close to the North York Moors at York(main line), Thirsk, Northallerton and Darlington. Generally the rail service runs very efficiently with the majority of trains running on time. But visitors need to be aware that engineering work can disrupt timetables, especially on Sundays and national (bank) holidays. Also, not all trains have dining facilities – so check before you travel. It is also advisable to reserve seats in advance as many trains can get very full, especially at bank holidays.

For all the help you need to plan your train journey to the North Yorkshire Moors try www.thetrainline.com, or call national rail enquires on +44 (0)8457 48 49 50.

Typical journey times by rail from:
• Manchester – less than 2 hours
• Birmingham – less than 2 and 1/2 hours
• London – less than 4 hours
• Newcastle – less than 2 hours
• Edinburgh – less than 4 hours

By Road:
The UK’s comprehensive network of motorways, dual carriageways and ‘A’ roads means that North York Moors and Coast can easily be reached by car.

Typical journey times by car to the Moors from:
• Manchester – approx 1 and 1/2 hours
• Birmingham – approx 3 hours
• London – approx 5 hours
• Newcastle – approx 1 and 1/2 hours
• Edinburgh – approx 4 and 1/2 hours

The above figures are assuming reasonably free flowing traffic. At busy times (e.g. 08.00 – 09.30, 15.30 – 17.30 and each Friday afternoon) allow additional time for congestion and traffic hold-ups.

By Air:
The North York Moors and Coast is served by a number of airports with rail services through to York; Manchester is the most convenient airport to fly into to quickly access the Moors. However, if you are hiring a car Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Humberside, Tees Valley and the East Midlands are all within easy driving distance.

Airport links:
Manchester Airport
Newcastle Airport
Glasgow Airport
Liverpool Airport
Humberside Airport
Durham Tees Valley Airport
Nottingham East Midlands Airport

By Coach:
Scheduled coach services run throughout Britain including to York and the North York Moors. For all the help you need to plan your journey by coach and buy your tickets contact www.nationalexpress.co.uk or phone +44(0)8705 0 80 80.

Typical coach times from:
• Manchester – approx 3 and 1/2 hours
• Birmingham – approx 4 and 1/2 hours
• London – approx 7 and ½ hours
• Newcastle – approx 4 hours
• Edinburgh – approx 6 hours

By Sea:
Ferries link Belfast and the Isle of Man to Lancaster (Heysham); Belfast and Dublin to Liverpool or Holyhead, and Northern Europe to Newcastle (North Shields) and Humberside. Road and public transport networks conveniently link these ports with North Yorkshire and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Further information about European and UK ports can be found at Ferry Crossings.

and once you’ve got here…
Once you’ve found your way to the North York Moors National Park and surrounding regions you will find there are plenty of ways for you to get around. Try a scenic bus trip for a pleasurable day out or perhaps a relaxing meander on horseback across the moors. Take a step back in time and enjoy a fascinating trip on a steam train, or if you’re feeling a bit more energetic or want to sample the fine country air during your break why not explore some of the many cycling and walking routes available.