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Getting to and around Morecambe Bay by public transport

Public transport

Enjoy car-free days out around Morecambe Bay by hopping on a train, bus or ferry to the start of your walking and cycling routes. Morecambe Bay is easy to get to whichever part of the UK you are travelling from.

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Dog walkers at Arnside station Wildey Media

Travelling by train

Getting to and around Morecambe Bay by train is pretty easy - and not only that, you can experience arguably the most scenic section of railway route in the UK, by hopping on the Furness Line which travels between Lancaster all the way around the west coast of Cumbria up to Carlisle. The line hugs the coastline and provides a spectacular view of the Bay and the Lake District fells and is far prettier than the road route, taking in two fantastic viaducts over the Kent and Levens Estuaries. It's a warm and comfortable way to spot the amazing bird life out on the sands.

If you're travelling to the Bay, the West Coast Main Line stops at Lancaster with easy connections to Morecambe, Carnforth or the Furness Line for towns and villages dotted along the coast to Barrow-in-Furness.

You can easily start walks or bike rides from the stations - places like Arnside, Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston are fantastic spots with lots of facilities for eating and places to stay.

Visit Trainline to plan your journey to and around Morecambe Bay by train.

Bikes on the Furness Line
Currently, bikes are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be booked in advance. With two bike spaces available, it is advisable to have a plan if your wait at the station is longer than expected. You can check the latest situation with Northern Rail who are making efforts to better accommodate people on bikes. The good news is that there is no extra cost for you to bring your bike on board.

Travelling by bus

Good news - the government has extended the cheap fare scheme until at least the end of June 2024 which means currently, any single trip you take on a bus will cost you only £2 regardless of destination. This is the most affordable way to travel and a great way to enjoy the views from the top deck. With no parking fees to worry about, you can grab that extra coffee and cake at a local cafe for a really enjoyable and affordable day out.

Use the bus timetables in conjunction with our walk route planner - how about taking the bus out to a pretty spot such as Silverdale or Cartmel, and walking back to base, or use the A-B route option using a bus stop as 'waypoint'.

A2B NoW card for 5-20 year olds

If you are local to the Westmorland and Furness part of the Bay, and are aged between 5 and 20, you can travel for even less than the capped fare. You can pick up an application form from your local library or download one here.

National Express Coach services

There are regular coaches arriving in the Bay area too from all the main destinations around the UK - travel cheaply to Lancaster or Barrow-in-Furness. Find out more information here.

Hop on a ferry

For a novel adventure in the Bay, there's nothing more exciting than travelling on water so you can take in the vast expanse of water and sands and also enjoy the full panorama of the Lake District in it's setting so close to the sea.

Take Piel Ferry, the passenger boat to magical Piel Island where you can also enjoy marine safari and sea bird trips. Operating daily from Roa Island, as long as the weather permits, it's a fantastic day out. You might spot seals, explore the ruins of a 14th century castle, or visit the Ship Inn to say hello to the King of Piel (the pub landlord).

The Knott End - Fleetwood Ferry crosses the Wyre Estuary in the southern part of Morecambe Bay and provides a vital link for visitors and locals. It links up with walk and cycle routes towards Heysham and Morecambe and beyond.


Bus timetables for places around Morecambe Bay

Make the most of the £2 bus fares until December 2024

Visit the Stagecoach Bus website

Enjoy a scenic train journey around the Bay

You won't want to miss the prettiest train ride in the UK! Spot amazing bird life on the sands, trundle over waterways and estuaries all from the comfort of a warm carriage.

Find times and tickets on the Trainline website