Public Transport: Local Choices

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With a variety of handy tools and great services available, it’s never been easier to travel around by public transport. New technology means you don’t have to wait around at bus stops, many buses and trains now have WiFi on board, cashless ticket options and more!

The Ridings is well-connected to the local area by public transport. Your closest stops are located on Durdar Road and Sunnymeade, depending on what service you want. Carlisle city centre is around 15 minutes away on Service 67 from Sunnymeade.

If your journey is over a longer distance, you might want to consider travel by rail. Carlisle station is less than 15 minutes away by bike or around half an hour on public transport. It’s located on the West Coast Main Line and has regular services to both regional and national destinations including Preston, Newcastle, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London Euston.

Key Local Bus Services

Service 400 is available from Durdar Road and runs every 2 hours between Blackwell and Carlisle city centre via Currock, Monday to Saturday, with 3 services on a Sunday.

Service 67 is available from Sunnymeade and runs from Upperby to Belle Vue via Currock and Carlisle city centre. There is a bus every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays, but these only run as far as the city centre.

Planning your Journey

There are now a number of great options available for those looking to plan a journey by public transport. There’s no need to spend loads of time flicking through timetables to figure out which services work best for you – online journey planners can do that for you!

Our guide to planning a journey by public transport has everything you need to know, including links to some of the great online tools.

Paying for your Journey

Catching the bus or train no longer has to mean fumbling around for change before hopping on to pay the driver or conductor in a rush! There are so many different ways to pay for your journey now that you may feel a little spoilt for choice!

It’s also important to check that you aren’t paying too much. Whilst paying for single or return tickets is OK for occasional or one off journeys, those who travel more frequently by bus and/or rail can save some significant cash by choosing monthly or annual passes.

Check out our guide to ticket options in the local area for more information!

Real Time Information & Apps

Gone are the days of standing around waiting for your bus or train with little idea when it will turn up. Real time information makes it easy to find out exactly where your ride is at, helping you plan when to leave the house, office or coffee shop.

Bus operator apps have proved to offer a real step change when it comes to real time bus information. They display the exact location of your bus on a handy map, in a very similar style to the Uber app which many are now familiar with. If you are undertaking a journey by bus we’d advise that trying out an app is a must, and to help you out we’ve pulled together a handy guide to getting most from bus operator apps.

Support & Updates

Confused by timetables or just not sure which bus is best to catch? Did you know we can plan your journey for you?
Just let us know where you’re travelling to and we will provide you with an interactive journey plan that clearly sets out your options, with easy to follow, step by step instructions and a handy map.

Get in touch now to get support with your journey.

We’ve also put together a list of helpful Twitter feeds that will keep you up to date with any delays or services changes across the local area:

PLUSBUS (@PLUSBUS_UK)
Cumbria County Council (@CumbriaCC)
Cumbria Highways (@CumbriaHighways)
Stagecoach (@StagecoachCNL)
Network Rail (@networkrail)