There’s so much to see and do with a Scenic Explorer ticket!

Check out the links to the ‘Fantastic Five’ jewels in the crown routes that provide amazing scenery and scintillating destinations. On these pages, you can plan your journey, enjoy an insight into the journey as well as inspiration for a number of places to visit as well as some fab walks. This great value ticket only costs £10 for the day, and up to 5 people can travel for only £19, hopping on and off buses in the region!

Fantastic Five


A retreat deep into North Yorkshire paradise, as the bus navigates its way through delightful fishing villages, oozing charm and character. Eye-watering seaside views, of languid waters in good weather and waves crashing in on other days, this is one of the most atmospheric of journeys in the UK, between wonderful Whitby and the bustling Middlesbrough.

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Through the wild and bracken resplendent North Yorkshire Moors, the journey makes its way past bronze-age burial mounds and up and down, (with sharp descents) narrow roads to the beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay with scintillating sea views. The finale involves a fabulous view down the River Esk to Whitby Harbour.

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The section between Malton and Whitby is rugged, remote and riveting as the bus crosses the North Yorkshire Moors and its dense heathland carpeted in the summer with heather. Sit upstairs for a spectacular view of the Hole of Horcom before going down “Devil’s Elbow”.

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Between Malton and Scarborough the bus winds its way across lush green pastures, mixed with classic moorland, through pretty villages, farms and wonderful views of the Vale of Pickering. There’s idyllic countryside as far as the eye can see, with excitement growing as the coast beckons on the horizon.

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Coaster, 12/12A/12C/13

Coaster – From Scarborough to Filey and Bridlington the bus diligently makes its way atop the cliff, through wide open fields, with the breeze whipping up against the side of the bus from the sea below, of which the views down onto the bay are simply stunning.

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Buses are brilliant!

It’s comfy and convenient travelling by bus, with customers enjoying leather seats, power-charging facilities and free Wi-Fi on many services. All buses are cleaned each day before entering service.

Buses run at least hourly and on some routes, up to every 20-minutes throughout the day and into the evening.
The Scenic Explorer ticket can be used to travel as far away as the start and end point of those direct routes that are featured within the Yorkshire Coast. So, for instance, you can use it from Leeds and York on the Coastliner 840/843 and Middlesbrough on the X93/94.

The team at Great Scenic Journeys review the customer experience on all of the 220 routes within its collection. Routes across the Yorkshire Coast achieved “Premium Customer Service Rating” during 2023 with the friendliness of drivers the highest across the UK.

A combination of the different routes provides a really exciting day-out or staycation. Here’s some food for thought….

Clifftop cruise

Breeze atop the cliffs all the way from Whitby on the X93/94 to Scarborough then on the Coaster to Bridlington. Cruising atop the cliffs and gazing down on the majestic sea as the bus glides along, the views over the enchanted Robin Hood’s Bay are fabulous. So too, from Scarbrough on the quiet, open road overlooking Cayton Bay, through the winding and wonderful Primrose Valley and high above at clifftop altitude all the way to Bridlington!

Middlesbrough, Moors and Maritime Magic

Invigorating and resurgent Middlesbrough transforms into the quiet and charming maritime villages of Staithes and Sandisend, with their narrow winding streets and red rooftops on the X4/X5 before arriving into Whitby with its deep, coastal heritage. Then, it’s on the 840 across the North Yorkshire Moors and rugged, wild heathland, sharp twists and turns with steep gradients, straddling the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, before nestling in marvellous Malton.

Enjoy the delights of Malton, with its independent, artisan shops and fantastic market, before heading on the 843 to Scarborough for a fish and chip tea, some classic seafront fun or maybe a stroll along to North Bay before catching the X93/94 to Whitby for an overnight stay!

Seaside serenity

Get away from it all with some seaside serenity at the becalming beaches of Saltburn, Cayton Bay, Filey and Bridlington. Check out Staithes too with its small sandy beach, sitting within the shelter of the harbour and with a lovely seafront backdrop! These stunning beaches offer a paradise of golden sand, tranquillity and stunning views – they are the perfect coastal retreat!