Discover York with megabus

Coach Travel to York

From Viking and Roman times right up to the modern day, York wears its history on its sleeve. Take a coach to York and prepare to be immersed in meandering medieval streets and ghostly alleyways. Marvel at the imposing York Minster or travel back in time at the Jorvik Viking Centre. There’s plenty of contemporary culture to be found, too, whether you’re hitting the shops on Coney Street or catching a comedy show at the city’s Barbican Centre. York was once voted the UK’s Most Beautiful City and it’s not hard to see why.

York: top 3 things to do

1. Visit York Minster Cathedral

Climb the 275 steps to the top of York Minster’s tower for an unbeatable view of the city. Back inside you’ll find the Great East Window, the biggest piece of medieval painted glass in the world, no less. You can also visit the underground crypt with its Roman columns and discover the cathedral’s amazing history that dates back to 180 AD.

2. Unwrap York’s Chocolate Story

York has a chocolate history so good you’ll be able to taste it. At York’s Chocolate Story, you’ll learn the stories behind household names like Terry’s and Rowntree’s, and try your hand at chocolate making. Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to sample some of the sweet stuff, too.

3. Discover the Jorvik Viking Centre

York’s Viking roots stretch back over a thousand years, so a trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the Jorvik Viking Centre. You’ll be transported back in time to see, hear and smell what life would have been like on the streets of this ninth-century Viking city. Find it in the Coppergate Shopping Centre. 

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York: getting around

Coach travel to York is easy with megabus. Make the most of extra touches during your journey, like free WiFi and a 20kg luggage allowance. To find out what else is included with your ticket, take a look at our onboard facilities page.

Your bus will drop you off right in the centre of York. From here you’ll be able to walk over the River Ouse to the city’s bars, restaurants and main attractions. It’s also just a two-minute walk to the train station or there’s a regular bus service around the city, if you prefer.

If you’re heading to the University of York, the 66 bus will take you from the front of the station to campus in just 10 minutes. For York St John University, hop on a bus to Monkgate, then you’ve got a five-minute walk.

Want to explore further afield? Jump on a train and you can be on the beach at Scarborough or relaxing in the spa town of Harrogate in under an hour.

If you’ve got a bit more time, the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are also within reach. Check out the Northern Rail website for departures.

York: best for nightlife

York has all the essential ingredients for an unforgettable night out. Comedy and music fans flock to the Barbican Centre on Paragon Street for well-known names like Ricky Gervais and Paul Weller. Meanwhile, Stonegate is the perfect destination for those who like a kooky edge to their watering holes, with its sloping roofs and olde worlde charm.

Just around the corner, you’ll find Swinegate which transforms from a business district by day to cocktail central by night. From here, your best bet for clubbing is over the River Ouse on George Hudson Street. This is also the place to go if you’d rather end your night with a slap-up Chinese meal instead of tequila shots.

York: best for shopping

Whether you prefer to browse or splurge in the shops, York has you covered. The ancient Coney Street, which runs into Spurriergate, plays hosts to all your high street favourites like Zara and H&M. Head to Browns Department Store on Davygate if your budget can stretch to Dior and Gucci, while Low Petergate also caters for high fashion needs.

Shambles Market, dating back to the 12th century, is a must if you’re looking to pick up some fresh local produce or unique gifts. It’s open seven days a week and can be found between Parliament Street and The Shambles.

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York for free: our top 3

1. Wander through the Snickelways

The quaint alleyways, or ‘snickelways’, of York have names that could be straight out of a Terry Pratchett novel. There’s Mad Alice Lane and Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, for starters. The Shambles – believed to be the oldest shopping street in Europe – is probably the most famous of the lot. Lose yourselves in these delightful spaghetti-like streets for a quintessential York experience.

2. Relax in the York Museum Gardens

With the medieval ruins of St Mary’s Abbey as a backdrop, York Museum Gardens are perfect for kicking back with a picnic and a book. These 10-acre botanical gardens run right down to the River Ouse, and are home to thousands of trees and plants. You can access the gardens from Marygate or Museum Street.

3. Circle the ancient city walls

York’s defensive walls are an important part of the city’s history. The battlements of Micklegate, for example, were once adorned with the heads of traitors like William Wallace. The ancient walls are beautifully preserved and offer spectacular views across the higgledy-piggledy city. Check out York Walls for info on walking tours

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