Now the UK is reopening, there are a lot of things we can do that simply were not possible this time last year or even a couple of months ago for that matter. One of the major things is travelling. Some international destinations are now on the green list meaning if you want to, you could take a foreign holiday. However, for many, us included, this year we are staying closer to home. But with the price of staycations and UK holidays at an all-time high, ‘daycations’ could be the key to fun times and memory-making. Living in East Yorkshire, we have a lot of wonderful towns and cities on our doorstep. Many we have had the pleasure of visiting, some we are still yet to discover. A great way of seeing the local and surrounding area is by bus. I myself have extremely fond memories of day trips up the East Yorkshire coast with my grandparents. Together with shopping days to York with my mum. There are a number of options when it comes to exploring with East Yorkshire Buses and here we look at some you may be interested in and the benefits travelling by bus offers.
For the past year or so we have been told to not travel, stay at home and to only use public transport if you are a key worker. Therefore, you may still have concerns about taking bus trips. However, in line with the Government’s guidance and roadmap, that is no longer the case. Social distancing measures on public transport have now been reduced. However now and until the Government relax the rules again, face masks must be worn on all journeys. You should also wash or sanitise your hands prior to and following your journey. Also, pay by contactless or buy a ticket via the app before travel, if possible. And of course, if you have any Coronavirus symptoms – stay at home.
Fun For The Family
If you are a parent or carer of a small child or children, taking your kids on a bus is likely to score you massive Brownie points. If your children are anything like ours the mere sight of a double-decker sends them into a spin. Therefore, when they get the opportunity to ride on one it blows their minds. So if you are looking for an exciting day out for you and your family this coming half term/summer holidays taking a bus trip is a great idea. Your journey can be as much fun as the daycation itself. A game of eye spy anyone?
Plus there are a number of attractions, tours and cafes throughout the area that offer money off and discounts if you have travelled by bus and can show your valid East Yorkshire bus ticket. A great way of making the most of your day and saving a bit of money in the process.
The Benefits of Bus Travel
If you have never really thought about exploring East Yorkshire and beyond with East Yorkshire buses, you really should consider the benefits.
Value For Money – buses offer great value for money. East Yorkshire buses offer single, day return and day tickets. Therefore allowing you to pick the best option for you depending on how many journeys you plan to take in a day.
No Need For Parking – some of the bigger towns can get extremely busy, especially during the summer months making parking often very difficult. However, it is something you so not even need to consider when travelling by bus.
Frequency – All services have now returned to their pre-lockdown times meaning that most routes now run frequently. You can always plan your journey in advance to ensure that the timetable for your route(s) suits your plans.
Great Daycations throughout East Yorkshire & Beyond
If you are looking for some inspiration, check out these great East Yorkshire buses routes. From countryside to beaches and not forgetting towns and cities, we’re sure you will find a route which is perfect for you.
If you fancy exploring the Yorkshire Moors (who wouldn’t?), this is the route for you. The Go Anywhere tickets for the Moors Explorer, allow you to jump on and off the buses at your leisure. Therefore you can spend as long as you like in the different villages the Moors are home to. Our personal favourites are the charming market town of Pickering together with the picturesque Hutton le Hole. This route also allows you to visit the Moors National Park Centre at Danby which is a historic visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk. The Moors Explorer runs on select Sundays and bank holidays during the summer from Hull, Hessle, Cottingham and Beverley.
The Coaster is a great option if you fancy beach hopping up the East Yorkshire (from Bridlington) and North Yorkshire (to Scarborough) coasts. With up to three buses running per hour you can jump on and off as many times and wherever you like at any of the following seaside hotspots – Reighton Sands, Blue Dolphin, Filey, Primrose Valley, Flower of May, Crow’s Nest and Cayton Bay. Day tickets cost £10 and buses run daily up to around 10.00 pm. With stunning beaches, amusement arcades and delicious fish and chips, the East Coast has got them all and have spent the best part of nearly 40 years visiting these wonderful destinations, I cannot recommend them enough.
These routes are definitely the next on our list. We love open-top buses. Therefore, we are keeping our fingers tightly crossed for nice weather this summer so we can hop on both the Beachcombers. During the summer months, the open-top Beachcombers run in Bridlington and Scarborough.
The Beachcomber Blue (Bridlington) runs every weekend and throughout the school holidays. With your Beachcomber ticket, you can hop on and off as many times as you like throughout the day. The bus offers fantastic scenery. They also allow you to hop between Bridlington, Sewerby Hall, Flamborough, Thornwick Bay holiday village and the lighthouse.
The Beachcomber Red (Scarborough) runs daily until the end of October. It stops at some of Scarboroughs most popular attractions. These include The Spa in South Bay to The Sands in North Bay, North Bay Railway, Peasholm Park and Alpamare and SEA LIFE. Buses run around every 12 minutes at busy times, and every 20 minutes at quieter times of the year.
There’s no need to book in advance. Both routes cost £5 for an adult day ticket and £3 for a child and concessionary pass holders. If you are travelling in a group or family of four, you can take advantage of the 4 people for £12 deal. Also, if you have a Coaster ticket as detailed above, the cost of riding the beachcombers is included in that price.
If towns and cities are more your thing and you fancy a day exploring some of the best the area has to offer, exploring With East Yorkshire Buses EastRider X46 service is ideal for you. The route runs from Hull to York (return) with stops in Beverley, Market Weighton and Pocklington along the way. Having previously lived in Beverley for nearly 8 years, the market town has everything for a great day out – shops, bars, restaurants, museums etc. Therefore if you have a chance to visit, we’d highly recommend it and can obviously help with personal suggestions if needed. York is a great place to head, it really is a beautiful city full of charm and history. Don’t forget to check out The Shambles and take in Afternoon Tea at Betty’s. Heading to York by bus is also a great option as it eliminates the worry about the limited parking and extortionate parking fees in the city centre.
The buses on this route are also brand spanking new and perfect if you choose this route to commute or take a bike ride from one of the stops along the way. These buses are bike-friendly, complete with bike racks. They also have a number of other amenities which make these buses that extra bit special. These include free WiFi, USB and wireless chargers, tables, luxury interiors and next stop announcements. Therefore allowing you to travel in comfort.
Exploring With East Yorkshire Buses
East Yorkshire and the surrounding area is a wonderful place – countryside, beaches, towns and cities, it has everything. We hope we have convinced you that exploring with East Yorkshire Buses is the perfect way to see what is on offer. We think that these four routes are ideal for daytrippers. However, of course, East Yorkshire buses offer a range of other routes too, check out the East Yorkshire Buses website for more information and relevant timetables.
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