03 October 2023

Living in Skipton? Your Guide To The Daily Commute

If you live in Skipton or are thinking about the prospect, there’s a lot to know when it comes to your daily commute. Where are you going? How are you getting there? How long will it take? There’s lots of different factors to consider but the best way to sum it up would be to say that commuting anywhere is very easy from this lovely town.
Skipton is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, meaning it is quite a unique location. It is surrounded by a plethora of places, so here’s our guide on how to do your commute in Skipton.

Commuting in Skipton by Car

If you’re driving, you’ll find your travel routes extremely convenient. Firstly, if you take the A59 you can travel east to Harrogate or west into Lancashire. This is quite a short journey on average too, taking around 35 minutes if you’re heading to Harrogate. If you’re travelling to Leeds, an hour’s journey on the A65 will take you to the heart of the city, with stops such as Ilkley, Burley in Wharfdale and Otley on the way. If you’re travelling down south, to London it's less than five-hour journey on the M1 which will take you straight there.

Using the Train to commute in Skipton

Skipton’s train station is conveniently placed in the centre of the town, so you can always stop off and grab some breakfast/lunch from any of the town’s great local businesses on route. Taking the train to most places is straightforward enough. You can be in close cities like Leeds in 40 minutes on the Northern service, with plenty of convenient stops on the same line if you’re working just outside of Leeds. Going further afield? You can take a train to London, but you will have to take a connecting train from Leeds station to complete your journey, which will take around 3 hours.

Commuting by bike in Skipton

If you live and work in Skipton, you’ll be glad to know that the town is easily commutable when it comes to cycling. There’s plenty of helpful cycle paths and routes you can take on your commute such as the Leeds-Liverpool Canal Towpath. It is relatively flat, making it suitable for cyclists of all levels. There’s also Skipton to Grassington, a route that passes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, so you won’t be short of some breath-taking and scenic views along the way. There’s also plenty of bicycle repair shops in Skipton such as Chevin Cycles or Dave Ferguson Cycles to help keep your bike in top tip condition.

Commuting in Skipton by Bus

If you prefer to take the bus to work you can take the X84 and then connect to the 64 to Leeds. The journey will take around 2 hours. If you’re heading east to Harrogate, take the X52 Wharfe ConneXion to Ilkley, and change to the X84, then change to the 64 at Ilkley. Again, this should take around 2 hours. There are also some great connections to places like Burnley that take around an hour on the Pendle Whizz line. Take a look at the Skipton bus schedule to discover where else you can commute to by bus from Skipton.

Community by plane in Skipton

The closest airport is Leeds Bradford airport, and thankfully there are lots of reliable ways of getting to and from it. It’s around a 35-minute drive straight there if you take the A65. Or if you’d rather take the train, get the same line you’d take to Leeds and from there, get the A2 Flyer bus that will take you to the airport. It’s the same case with the bus route. Take the same one you would to Leeds but add the A2 Flyer line to get to the airport. From here you’ll find plenty of international flights to destinations throughout Europe and even further afield.
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