Arriving by rail or bus

Page now reviewed/updated for 2023 – (last revised/updated 22 March 2023)

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Rail Travel to York

York is a major rail centre served by mainline, cross-country and local services. The regular changes of franchisees, and associated pages within their websites, has rendered maintenance of the former level of detailed information impossible to keep current. However, this is no longer necessary as you are reading this page on-line therefore you have internet access to all the current rail travel timetable, ticket booking and other services. If arriving by train also see our local bus section below.

Additional third-party information links are below:-

For Network Rail Engineering works check this interactive page on the National Rail Enquiries web site (Last checked 21 March 2023).

Trainline – this is the link to the Trainline information and ticketing site (Last checked 21 March 2023)

Railsmartr  alternative to the Trainline for ticket purchase. (Added and tested 21 March 2023).

Bus travel within York

Latest regarding the predicted position on buses for 2023 (Last checked 22 March 2023)

The York Area bus map is a free to download pdf from this site*and shows routes 11, 21, 26, & 197 serving the end of Racecourse Road. Unfortunately this is misleading as this section of route 11 is an evening service only – during the day it only serves Bishopthorpe Road. Without making a longish walk therefore the public transport options are services 21, 26 & 197 (Saturday) other days the 197 only.

*NB  Link updated for 2023.

Show link bus (Service 197) all three event days.

Please note this link is provided as a commercial operation independently of YMRS. For 2023 the operator is York Pullman.

York Pullman has now confirmed the link will be running a 30 min frequency. First bus from the railway station at 9:30, then 10:00, 10:30 etc., through to 17:00 Saturday & Sunday and 16:00 Monday. Last return service service on Saturday and Sunday will be at 17:30 and 17:00 on Monday. Senior Passes are not valid on the 197. Fares will be held as at 2019 –  £2 Single – £3 Return. The stop at the station for pick-ups will be as for the Coastliner service, therefore, stand RJ on the opposite side of the road to the station. (Updated 22 March 2023)

All weekend – the Park and Ride plus 197 option

Park & Ride – The official site covering fares and routes for York’s various P&R services Although none pass the Racecourse directly several serve the railway station giving options for a change on to the 197 show link service. Parking is free with a charge for riding. A small supplementary charge is made for riding inwards for senior pass card holders. (Link checked and section updated 21 March 2023)

Service bus options – Saturday Only

Bus route 11 – operator = First Bus. This service currently runs down Bishopthorpe Rd on Saturdays, not passing the Racecourse as misleading shown on the York bus map. The nearest stop is therefore a considerable walk from the venue. No service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Current No.11 timetable to 1 April only. NB The timetable for 2nd April 2023 and onwards is not yet available as at 21 March 2023. (Updated 21 March 2023).

Bus route 21 – operator = York Pullman – see (Timetable and website). No service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. (Updated 22 March 2023).

Bus route 26 – operator = Transdev (Timetable and website) No service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. (Updated 21 March 2023)


Tadcaster Rd services – several routes also run along Tadcaster Rd; however, due to distance from the Racecourse for the resultant walk we have not listed them. See the York Area bus map, a free to download pdf from this site, if you feel up for the walk!