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Travelling by Bus or Coach

Buses in York during Covid

It is obligatory to wear a face covering for the entire journey, unless you have an exemption from wearing one.

Passengers should use hand sanitiser before and after each journey. All Bus Companies who operate services in York recommend contactless card payment or by mobile phone app in advance of the journey. Most bus companies that operate in York (Arriva, Connexions Bus, Transdev Coastliner, East Yorkshire and First Bus York) have free downloadable ticket apps.

If you only have cash, some drivers will accept this, but please have the exact fare. Timetables on some bus routes in and around York will have changed. iTravel York provides helpful details of timetables and routes.

There is reduced capacity on buses due to social distancing measures. You may have to wait for another bus to arrive if the first one is full. Once on the bus there will be signs and tape on seats to show clearly where passengers can sit. Passengers are not allowed to stand at all on buses. Some buses will display their capacity on their destination boards. Please check the First Bus York website for more information or their Twitter feed @FirstYork

Park and Ride Information including timetables is available on the iTravel website.

Local Buses

For information about buses in York please go to  iTravel York. There are many ways to find  live bus information to improve your journey experience. The iTravel - your next bus page explains the range of options including mobile apps, QR codes and NCF codes.

Getting a Bus Pass

Bus passes are available to York residents who reach eligible age or those with qualifying disabilities. Bus pass holders are entitled to free local travel throughout England, subject to peak-hour time restrictions.

Check if you are eligible, apply and find out more about the Older Person’s Bus Pass

Disabled Person's Bus Pass

You can apply for a disabled persons bus pass in person at City of York Council Customer Centre at West Offices, Station Rise, York. Further information about the disabled persons bus pass is available at the City of York Council website, including: 

  • Which documents you will need to bring with you when you apply for your disabled bus pass.
  • How to apply for a disabled bus pass on line.
  • Applying for a disabled bus pass by post.
  • Using your disabled bus pass.
  • Renewing your disabled bus pass.
  • How to replace a lost or stolen bus passes.

Companion Entitlement 

For people with more severe disabilities, your bus pass can include a 'companion' who can travel with you free of charge throughout York and North Yorkshire. The companion entitlement is also valid on cross-boundary journeys between York and other areas of Yorkshire and the Humber, such as the East Riding of Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Hull. This means, for example, your companion can travel free between York and Leeds, but not on local journeys within Leeds.

Further information about companion entitlement is available at the City of York Council website

Blind Person Bus Pass

If you have ticked that you are registered blind (severely sight impaired) then you can apply for a Blind Persons Bus Pass, offering free travel in the York area at any time of day.

Visit the City of York Council website to find out more about:

  • What the blind bus pass offers
  • How to apply in person.
  • How to apply by post.
  • How to replace a lost or stolen pass

Discount Coach Cards

National Express offer Disabled Coach Cards where you can save 1/3 on their standard and fully flexible fares any time. For up to date details of current price and savings visit the National Express website. There are no restrictions on peak and off peak travel times, so you can travel when it suits you and your plans.

Please visit the National Express website for more information about:

  • Discounted coach travel for registered disabled customers
  • How much will you save
  • Accessible coaches.
  • Senior Coach Card
  • Year round savings
  • How to buy a senior card

Since the start of the pandemic some 2.3 million people have come forward for NHS talking therapies, but with new figures out today showing that over 50% of people were concerned about their mental health last year – and around half also experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, and the majority not seeking professional help – many more could benefit.

The NHS is encouraging anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns to come forward and see how talking therapies can help them.

NHS mental health talking therapies are a confidential service run by fully trained experts and can be accessed by self-referral or through your GP practice.

The local therapies in York are provided by York and Selby IAPT.

Last updated: 26/05/2021