Public Transport: Planning a Journey

When using public transport through the COVID-19 pandemic, please ensure that you follow relevant government guidance and advice: Read More. Also please ensure that you check your journey before setting off, with a number of emergency timetables in place.

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 are 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.


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 Wakefield and West Yorkshire is on the operator websites, with the main operator being Arriva, as well as on the WY Metro website.


Bus and rail apps are fast becoming the go to place for planning (and paying for) public transport journeys. Not only do they let you plan a journey between A and B, but bus operator apps 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 bus apps available now by checking out our handy guide, or visit the Arriva website 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 Wakefield area, with links provided to some of the most relevant ones below.