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Buses - information and advice
North Yorkshire covers an area of 803,761 hectares and is predominantly rural - we have approximately 300 local bus services, serving over 4000 bus stops, 400 bus shelters and a total of 10 bus stations. There are also approximately 800 home to school and college services operating in North Yorkshire for pupils aged between 5 and 18.
Advice for local bus service passengers
North Yorkshire County Council is working hard to ensure that local bus services are fully accessible to all. For further information about accessibility, please contact the operator prior to travel.
Catching your bus
In most areas the bus stops are clearly marked however some services operate a hail and ride service, for further information please contact the operator. Most services observe all stops along the route except at bus stations where stops are individually marked.
All buses show the final destination for that journey and most show the route number. Buses run punctually so you should try to be at the stop five minutes before your bus is due to leave. To stop your bus, clearly signal the driver.
Boarding your bus
You must pay the driver (or show your pass) upon entry, so please have them ready when boarding. Change is normally given but you should attempt to have the correct change if possible.
Alighting from your bus
In most cases the vehicle will be fitted with bell pushes that can be used to indicate to the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. If bell pushes are not available, call out to the driver to indicate your wish to get off at the next stop. In either case, for reasons of safety, remain seated until the bus stops. Ask the driver's advice if you do not know where to catch your return or connecting journey.
Fares and regulations
On commercial services the fares charged are decided by the operator. Please note that on these services, return tickets issued by another operator may not be accepted. It is advisable to check that the bus you want to return on is operated by the same operator, or whether your return ticket will be valid.
Fares charged on services supported by the County Council are approved by the Council. A ticket may only be used by the person who bought it and is not transferable.
Children from age five to under 14 (18 on County Council supported services) generally travel at half fare at all times on services running in North Yorkshire. Different regulations are applied in West Yorkshire.
If you leave anything on a bus you will need to contact the operator. Access the list of operators page for contact details.
Dogs are carried, subject to the driver's agreement, and payment of appropriate fare.