Public Transport: Planning a Journey

Planning a journey by public transport has never been easier. In addition to more old school bus and rail timetables, online journey planning tools and apps allow you to easily identify where to travel from and to, at what time, and on what service.

Online Journey Planners

Online tools are a really easy option for planning your bus or train journey. Generally, they offer live updates on services making them really useful when service options are changing, as they have been doing through the CV19 pandemic. All you need to do is enter where you want to travel from and to and your preferred travel time. The journey planner will do the rest.

West Yorkshire Metro have a great online journey planning tool for journeys made across West Yorkshire. Plan your route from A to B and compare the options available whether you’re looking to travel by bus, train or a combination of both. Click the button below to access the journey planner.

The West Yorkshire Metro journey planner can’t be used to plan your journey on the FlexiBus service as it does not follow a fixed timetable. Instead, request your journey at least one hour in advance via the ‘FlexiBus WY’ app. You can find out more by clicking the button below.


It’s a good idea to look at timetables if you aren’t sure exactly when you’ll be travelling but would like to know the frequency of services.

The easiest way to view timetables for bus services across Leeds and West Yorkshire is on the operator websites, with the main operators being First and Arriva, as well as on the WY Metro website.

Don’t forget the FlexiBus service, which operates in and around East Leeds, does not follow fixed timetables! You can find out more by clicking here or by taking a look at the handy ‘how to guide’ here.

Below you’ll find information and links to the timetables of key services around Thorpe Park.

X26/X27 – First Bus
This service links Leeds city centre with Thorpe Park, stopping along Century Way and at The Springs.

163/166– Arriva
Leeds to Castleford, via Colton, Garforth and Kippax. Services can be caught from Selby Road bus stops.

19/19A – First Bus
Garforth to Tinshill, via Colton, York Road and Leeds. Services can be caught from Selby Road bus stops.

164 – Arriva
Selby to Leeds, via Thorpe Willoughby, Hambleton, Monk Fryston, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Micklefield, Garforth, Colton and Cross Gates. Services can be caught from Selby Road bus stops.


Bus operator apps are fast becoming the go to place for planning (and paying for) bus journeys. Not only do they let you plan a journey between A and B, but they also show you the location of your bus in real time on a user friendly map. Gone are the days of waiting around at the bus stop waiting for your bus.

Make sure you’re making the most of the apps available now by checking out our handy guide, or visit the Arriva, First and WY Metro websites to download your app today.

Apps also provide a great way to plan a journey by train. In a similar way to bus apps, they allow you to easily plan a journey between any two stations, whilst also providing direct access to live updates, station information, booking facilities and much more. We’ve provided links to our favourite rail apps below.

Network Maps

To view a network map of the rail stations across West Yorkshire, including zone information, click the button below.

There are a number of bus network maps available for the Leeds area, with links provided to some of the most relevant ones below.