How to get to Leeds from York

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Travel Information to Leeds from York

distanceDistance22 miles
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or coach
priceTicket price range£4 - £6
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £4 • 22 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £4 • 22 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Northern Rail (3)

Travel 22 miles by train or coach from York to Leeds. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are National Express or Northern Rail (3) among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from York to Leeds.

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from York to Leeds

How to get to Leeds from York by train, bus, flight or ferry.

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bus

The best way to travel from York to Leeds is by taking a coach because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

FlixBus
13:300h50
York, Leeman Road
14:20Leeds
£61One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
FlixBus
13:300h50
York, Leeman Road
14:20Leeds
£61One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Cross Country
08:440h23
York station (YRK)
09:07Leeds station (LDS)
£91One-way
0 changes
Other options
Northern Rail
08:421h16
York station (YRK)
09:58Leeds station (LDS)
£71One-way
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:220h32
York station (YRK)
08:54Leeds station (LDS)
£81One-way
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:121h10
York station (YRK)
09:22Leeds station (LDS)
£121One-way
0 changes
National Express
11:250h50
York
12:15Leeds, Coach Station
£111One-way
0 changes
National Express
08:500h55
York
09:45Leeds, Coach Station
£111One-way
0 changes
National Express
16:050h50
York
16:55Leeds, Coach Station
£111One-way
0 changes

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Travelling from York to Leeds

Leeds and York are just 25 miles apart, so making the journey takes hardly any time at all. Travellers can choose between fast trains and buses, although taking the train is easily the quickest option (at around 25 minutes in total). If you need to travel at awkward times of day, there are plenty of departures, and both buses and trains travel directly to the centre of Leeds, leaving passengers a short walk from the major attractions.

Quick Guide to Leeds

Must Know: Leeds has a great public transport network making it simple for travellers to get around.
Must See: There are many different museums in Leeds, especially good ones are the art and culture centres.
Must Do: Harewood House, located just outside of the city centre, is a great place to spend the day.
Did you know? Leeds is ranked sixth in the list of Britain’s greenest cities.

Travelling from York to Leeds

Train

Catching the train is overall the best and fastest way to travel between York and Leeds. Trains depart from York Railway Station and are operated by a range of companies, including First TransPennine Express and Cross Country. In all cases, the journey won't take more than 25 minutes to half an hour. The earliest trains leave just after 8:00 a.m. and there are direct departures every 10 minutes after that until just after midnight. No trains require a change along the way. All services get into Leeds Railway Station, which is 10 minutes away from the centre of the city.

Buses

Travelling from York to Leeds by bus couldn't be easier. The two major Yorkshire cities have excellent bus connections and the journey takes around 45 minutes at all times of day. Buses to Leeds are operated by Cityzap (a subsidiary of TransDev) who start their schedule at 7:00 a.m. and run buses every half an hour until 7:00 p.m. Passengers can choose between a number of stops in York, including York Railway Station, York College and Rougier Street. All buses arrive at Leeds City Bus Station.

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All travel companies: Train and Coach Companies from York to Leeds

You can travel by travel to Leeds from York with CrossCountry, Northern Rail (3) and National Express. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains between York and Leeds. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

    National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance travel provider operating over 550 travel per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates travel services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express travel have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most travel come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your travel between York and Leeds, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

      FAQs: York to Leeds

      FAQs: Travel to Leeds easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from York to Leeds.
      FAQs

      There are 2 ways to get from York to Leeds: train or coach.

      The cheapest way to go to Leeds from York is by taking a train, which costs on average £4.

      This is compared to other ways of getting from York to Leeds:

      Taking a train costs £2 less than taking a coach, which average ticket prices of £6.

      The quickest way to travel to Leeds from York is by train, which takes on average 22 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

      Getting to Leeds by coach takes 45 min on average.

      The distance between York and Leeds is around 22 miles.

      The average frequency per day from York to Leeds is:

      • 2 coaches a day.
      • Around 25 trains per day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between York and Leeds as scheduled services by train or coach can vary by season or day of the week.

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from York to Leeds:

      • Coaches mostly leave from York, Rail Station and tend to arrive in Leeds, Coach Station.
      • Trains most often depart from York at York and arrive in Leeds at Leeds.

      The following travel companies offer services from York to Leeds:

      • Travel with National Express or Bus to go to Leeds by coach. For a good deal on tickets, you can find National Express York to Leeds tickets on Omio for £6.
      • Northern Rail (3), TransPennine Express, CrossCountry or East Coast can take you to Leeds by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Northern Rail (3) from York to Leeds for £4.

      Yes, there are direct routes from York to Leeds with the following travel companies:

      • You'll find 2 direct coaches a day to Leeds with National Express.
      • You can check for a direct train to Leeds with Northern Rail (3), TransPennine Express, CrossCountry or East Coast with 25 direct trains per day.

      Direct services to Leeds tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

      Many of our customers who book a trip from York to Leeds often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Birmingham. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your York and Leeds itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Leeds and any of these top destinations today!

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