Wakefield has two train stations and one bus station. A free city bus travels between these stations and a number of other central places, and is a great way of getting to know the layout of the city.
Buses – Wakefield Bus Station
The bus station covers mainly West Yorkshire, with many local services, but the main nearby cities you can get to by bus are Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Barnsley. A full list of buses and timetables is available online:
Long distance travel in the UK
Long distance travelling in the UK can be by coach, or by rail. Coach travel is slower but can be less expensive. Prices vary widely, and it can be much less expensive to travel at less busy times.
National Express coaches stop in Wakefield on Charlesworth Way, Adjacent Cathedral Retail Park, opposite to KFC, West Yorkshire, WF2 9SE.
Megabus coaches are sometimes less expensive, but they do not stop in the city of Wakefield, they stop in a “service area” on the M1 motorway between Junction 38 and 39, Wakefield WF4 4LQ. To get there you would need a taxi or a car, it is not easily accessible on foot. (It is illegal to walk on the Motorway roads in the UK)
Wakefield has 2 railway stations:
- Wakefield Westgate station, Mulberry Way, Wakefield. WF1 2QN
- Wakefield Kirkgate station, Monk Street, Wakefield. WF1 4EL
Most long-distance trains (but not all) arrive and depart from Wakefield Westgate. Tickets can be bought at the stations, but the best way to buy rail tickets is often online. Different companies compete to give you the lowest prices.
Wakefield is well served by taxi services. There are many taxi ranks in the centre of town, including the main train station, Westgate. There are also plenty of taxi offices for pre-booked cars.
Central Wakefield has many pedestrian areas (Streets designed for people who will be mainly walking). It is quite a small town area, and has several landmarks such as the cathedral, which make it easy to find your way around.
A bicycle can be a great way of getting around the area, especially during the spring and summer months. Wakefield has many off-road cycle paths which allow you to quickly access the countryside, and get exercise. Wakefield Council have further information about cycling with maps of some of the local cycle paths.