Information about public transportation in Leeds is provided by Metro (www.wymetro.com) which offers bus and train service information throughout the entire West Yorkshire area, encompassing Leeds as well as the surrounding areas. Timetables and advice about all public transport is available at the Gateway Yorkshire tourist information centre - open daily at Leeds City Railway Station and at the Metro Travel Centre - open Monday to Saturday at Leeds City Bus Station.

Bus

The bus system in Leeds is a relatively simple yet comprehensive system, and is the method of public transportation most often used by Leeds travellers for local journeys. For local bus times see wymetro.com. If you are travelling from the suburbs into Leeds city centre or across Leeds ask the driver for a First Day ticket.  This costs £4.00 and will allow you to travel on any First Leeds bus within the Leeds Metropolitan boundary (after 9.30 on weekdays and all day at weekends).

On Monday to Saturdays a frequent (every 6-7 minutes) bus service runs between the railway station, Leeds University, Leeds Metropolitan university, the shopping area, coach/bus station and market. There is a flat fare of 50p to ride on this service unless you already have a WY Metro concession. (bus pass or ticket).

Longer-distance

There are many longer-distance bus services, for example:

  • Harrogate, historically a spa town, and Ripon (harrogateanddistrict.co.uk). Starts from the bus station.  Catch the Number 36 Bus for Harrogate which runs along the A61.  This bus runs past the  popular stately home, Harewood House, which is a great family day out. Visitors who present their bus pass can get into Harewood House for half price.
  • York/Scarborough/Whitby ( yorkshirecoastliner.co.uk). Starts from the bus station.
  • For details of buses into the Yorkshire Dales, an area of outsanding beauty, see dalesbus.org

 

Taxi

Within Leeds there are numerous taxi services - it is best to use licensed taxis (painted black and white) rather than private hire cars.

Train

For details about trains, go to wymetro.com/TrainTravel/ or nationalrail.co.uk. The train is also used by travellers as a means of getting around Leeds, and for longer journeys. A scenic journey on the Settle Carlisle railway line is recommended (settle-carlisle.co.uk).