Public Transport: Local Choices

With a variety of handy tools and great services available, it’s never been easier to travel around by public transport. New technology means you don’t have to wait around at bus stops, many buses and trains now have WiFi on board, cashless ticket options and more!

There are a number of bus services available from the new homes at Spofforth Park to and from locations including Leeds, Harrogate and Knaresborough. Your nearest stops are located just a short walk away on Harrogate Road, with more stops just a little further away on Aire Road.

Though there are no train stations in the immediate area, Pannal station is the closest and can be reached in around 15 minutes by car. Alternatively, jump on the 7 or X70 bus services and be at Harrogate station in around 30 minutes.

From Pannal station there’s a service to Leeds every 30 minutes as well as hourly services to both Knaresborough and York. Harrogate station offers the same local services, as well as services to other destinations including London Kings Cross.   

Key Local Bus Services

From the stops on Harrogate Road you can catch the following services. To view a full timetable for the service simply click on the service number.

Service 7, operated by The Harrogate Bus Co., runs between Leeds and Harrogate via Wetherby. The service stops every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays.

Service X70, operated by Connexions buses, is a service connecting Wetherby and Harrogate. The service runs every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, with every other service to and from Harrogate a ‘fast express’ service via Plumpton Rocks.

The stops on Aire Road are served by the following buses.

Services X99/X98, operated by First Leeds, both run between Leeds and Wetherby and combine to give a service every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays.

The less frequent service 8 also stops on Aire Road. Operated by The Harrogate Bus Co. the service operated 4 times per day Monday to Saturday.

Planning your Journey

There are now a number of great options available for those looking to plan a journey by public transport. There’s no need to spend loads of time flicking through timetables to figure out which services work best for you – online journey planners can do that for you!

Our guide to planning a journey by public transport has everything you need to know, including links to some of the great online tools.

Paying for your Journey

Catching the bus or train no longer has to mean fumbling around for change before hopping on to pay the driver or conductor in a rush! There are so many different ways to pay for your journey now that you may feel a little spoilt for choice!

It’s also important to check that you aren’t paying too much. Whilst paying for single or return tickets is OK for occasional or one off journeys, those who travel more frequently by bus and/or rail can save some significant cash by choosing monthly or annual passes.

Check out our guide to ticket options in the local area for more information!

Real Time Information & Apps

Gone are the days of standing around waiting for your bus or train with little idea when it will turn up. Real time information makes it easy to find out exactly where your ride is at, helping you plan when to leave the house, office or coffee shop.

Bus operator apps have proved to offer a real step change when it comes to real time bus information. They display the exact location of your bus on a handy map, in a very similar style to the Uber app which many are now familiar with. If you are undertaking a journey by bus we’d advise that trying out an app is a must, and to help you out we’ve pulled together a handy guide to getting most from bus operator apps.

Support & Updates

Confused by timetables or just not sure which bus is best to catch? Did you know we can plan your journey for you?
Just let us know where you’re travelling to and we will provide you with an interactive journey plan that clearly sets out your options, with easy to follow, step by step instructions and a handy map.

Get in touch now to get support with your journey.

We’ve also put together a list of helpful Twitter feeds that will keep you up to date with any delays or services changes across the local area:

First Bus West Yorkshire (@FirstWestYorks)
Metro Travel News (@MetroTravelNews)
Network Rail (@networkrail)
The Harrogate Bus Co. (@harrogatebus)

WY Metro and First both have web pages devoted to giving service updates and information on any planned disruptions, view them here: