Travel around the Lake District, Cumbria

The way we get around is changing. As we become more environmentally conscious and look to reduce our carbon footprint, alternatives to the trusty motor car become the way to travel.

Thankfully in the Lake District, Cumbria you don’t need a car to explore, making it easier to savour every moment of your break and make every journey count.

Explore the Lake District, Cumbria by Bus

Park and explore by bus


Park and Explore the Central Lakes by Bus For just £18 for up to 5 people. Enjoy the freedom to explore the Lake District by bus with inclusive bus and parking tickets.

All day parking and unlimited bus travel within the Central Lakes zone for up to 5 people travelling together for only £18

Simply pay at the ticket machine on the day of travel, (card payments accepted) and pick up two tickets, one for your car and another to show the bus driver. Then leave your car behind and explore the Lakes by bus.

Find participating car parks and full terms and conditions at Stagecoach

Park and sail in the Lake District, Cumbria

Park and Sail to your Trail


Leave the car and sail to the trails. Park at Keswick Rugby Club for £4 for a day and you will receive a voucher for 15% off Keswick Launch services, for up to 5 people. Take the short walk-through Crow Park, and Sail with the Launch Company’s shuttle service to Hawse End at the foot of Cat Bells, to start your trail. There are many other great walks accessible from the launch including the Newlands Fells, Grange, Castle Crag and of course Lingholm, Portinscale, Grange and Lodore. The voucher when presented at the Keswick Launch ticket office will attract a 15% discount off the launch services that day for the voucher presenter and up to a maximum of 4 of their passengers.

Making tracks in the Lake District. Cumbria

Making tracks (and memories!)

VisitLakeDistrict.com has teamed up with Avanti West Coast and Network Rail to bring you some great ideas and inspiration for getting to – and around - Cumbria during the school summer holidays.

Packed full of information and ideas, our 'Sustainable Adventures' page can help you explore without your car, showing you how to make your journeys part of the adventure. 

With Cumbria easily accessible by rail from big cities like Birmingham (under 2½ hours), Glasgow (under 1½ hours) and London (3 hours), its an ideal way to explore whilst you are in holiday.

Hop-on-hop-off bus service in the Lake District, Cumbria

‘Hop on, hop off’ Ullswater bus service


Be more Peter Rabbit and explore Ullswater aboard the scenic 508 ‘Hop on, hop off’ bus service. Explore some of the Lake District’s most iconic views by bus this summer, with the launch of a new discounted ticket which makes it easier than ever to leave the car at home. Stagecoach’s Ullswater and Penrith Group Dayrider Ticket enables people to start their journey in Penrith, hopping on and off the 508 service as it explores a range of scenic spots around Ullswater. Linking up with the Ullswater Way walking route, the majestic Aira Force waterfall and easy access to the iconic Ullswater ‘Steamers’. A special reduction is now being introduced for the ticket, allowing up to 5 people to travel around the Ullswater and Penrith zone for £17.00 all day from now until the end of the school summer holidays – the same price as two full-price adult bus tickets.

Park and ride in the Lake District, Cumbria

Park and take the free shuttle


A free daily shuttlebus has been launched between Cockermouth and Buttermere.  Operated by Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire, the trial service has been funded by Cumbria’s Tactical Visitor Management Group, to give an alternative way to access the popular Buttermere Valley. The 16-seater shuttlebus will do five daily return journeys between Cockermouth, Low Lorton and Buttermere Village, with the first bus departing from Main Street in Cockermouth at 9.30am everyday until Sunday 5 September. As well as providing easy access to the scenic round-the-lake-route at Buttermere, the new service connects to Cumbria’s wider bus network, including the hourly X4/5 to Workington and the 77/77A, which runs between Buttermere and Keswick.

Full details of the timetable are available at: Buttermere Shuttle

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