Last updated: Friday 2nd April 2021.

The Staycation Express
16th July to 9th September 2021

The Staycation Express, an exclusive tourist-centred charter train service, returns to the Settle and Carlisle railway this summer with a new, luxury offering.  From the 16th July to the 9th September, Rail Charter Services will provide two return journeys a day (except Fridays) operating between Skipton, Settle, Appleby, and- new to this year- Carlisle.

With leisure and travel services set to reopen this summer (click to view government travel restrictions), the aptly named ‘Staycation Express’ offers you and your loved ones the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most historic and scenic rail journeys aboard a socially distanced, first-class service. 

The Staycation Express will run alongside the railway’s daily diesel service, operated by Northern, to provide additional capacity on the Settle-Carlisle railway during the peak summer season.  For information about the daily diesel service provided by Northern, click here.

Whether you’re heading to the region for a day out, staying for a long break or perhaps you’re a local wishing to reconnect with the regions stunning scenery; this year’s timetabled tourist service provides passengers with the perfect opportunity to explore Settle and Carlisle country this summer.

This year, guests can travel in style and comfort aboard a newly refurbished 5-coach InterCity 125 complete with leather reclining first-class seating, COVID secure Perspex screens, private tables, large pictorial windows, and power-points.

New to 2021, Rail Charter Services will provide an enhanced catering buffet-counter and options for premium ‘at seat’ dining.  An on-board guide will also be available to provide a limited commentary as the train passes the many points of interest that punctuate the rail line.

From the Yorkshire Dales’ spectacular scenery, to breath taking heights from the top of the Ribblehead Viaduct and the awe-inspiring remote fells of Westmorland; make new memories this summer on this unforgettable staycation.

Please click here to visit the Rail Charter Services website and register your interest to receive ticket alerts and news about the excursion.

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Times & Excursion Dates 

The new timetabled charter train by Rail Charter Services, tempts passengers with a choice of two return journey options, running between Skipton and Settle in the Yorkshire Dales to Appleby-in-Westmorland and the historic roman city, Carlisle. 

The Staycation Express will operate twice daily between Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Please note, the Staycation Express will not operate on Fridays.  For information about the daily diesel service provided by Northern, click here.

Passengers can choose from the following journeys: 

Mondays to Thursdays

19th July to 12th August & 23rd August to 9th September

 

Restaurant car available on these services

 

Destination

Time

Depart

Appleby

09:40

Arrive

Settle

10:33

Arrive

Skipton

11:00

 

Depart

Skipton

11:18

Depart

Settle

11:38

Arrive

Appleby

12:28

Arrive

Carlisle

13:13

 

 

 

Depart

Carlisle

15:09

Depart

Appleby

15:52

Arrive

Settle

16:45

Arrive

Skipton

17:05

 

 

 

Depart

Skipton

17:18

Depart

Settle

17:37

Arrive

Appleby

18:28

 

19th July to 12th August & 23rd August to 9th September

 

Restaurant car available on these services

 

Destination

Time

Depart

Appleby

09:40

Arrive

Settle

10:33

Arrive

Skipton

11:00

 

Depart

Skipton

11:18

Depart

Settle

11:38

Arrive

Appleby

12:28

Arrive

Carlisle

13:13

 

 

 

Depart

Carlisle

15:09

Depart

Appleby

15:52

Arrive

Settle

16:45

Arrive

Skipton

17:05

 

 

 

Depart

Skipton

17:18

Depart

Settle

17:37

Arrive

Appleby

18:28

 

16th to 19th August

No restaurant car available on these services 

Depart

Appleby

09:40

Arrive

Settle

10:32

Arrive

Skipton

11:00

 

Depart

Skipton

11:16

Depart

Settle

11:38

Arrive

Appleby

12:27

Arrive

Carlisle

13:14

 

 

 

Depart

Carlisle

15:09

Depart

Appleby

15:52

Arrive

Settle

16:40

Arrive

Skipton

17:03

 

 

 

Depart

Skipton

17:15

Depart

Settle

17:37

Arrive

Appleby

18:29

 

Saturdays

17th July to 7th August & 21st August to 4th September

 

Restaurant car available on these services

 

Destination

Time

Depart

Appleby

09:40

Arrive

Settle

10:33

Arrive

Skipton

11:00

 

Depart

Skipton

11:18

Depart

Settle

11:38

Arrive

Appleby

12:28

Arrive

Carlisle

13:13

 

 

 

Depart

Carlisle

15:09

Depart

Appleby

15:52

Arrive

Settle

16:45

Arrive

Skipton

17:05

 

 

 

Depart

Skipton

17:18

Depart

Settle

17:37

Arrive

Appleby

18:28

 

14th August

No restaurant car available on these services

 

Destination

Time

Depart

Appleby

09:40

Arrive

Settle

10:32

Arrive

Skipton

11:00

 

Depart

Skipton

11:16

Depart

Settle

11:38

Arrive

Appleby

12:27

Arrive

Carlisle

13:14

 

 

 

Depart

Carlisle

15:09

Depart

Appleby

15:52

Arrive

Settle

16:40

Arrive

Skipton

17:03

 

 

 

Depart

Skipton

17:15

Depart

Settle

17:37

Arrive

Appleby

18:29

 

Sundays

18th July to 8th August & 22nd August to 5th September

Restaurant car available on these services

 

Destination

Time

Depart

Appleby

10:29

Arrive

Settle

11:18

Arrive

Skipton

11:41

 

Depart

Skipton

12:05

Depart

Settle

12:30

Arrive

Appleby

13:18

Arrive

Carlisle

14:05

 

Depart

Carlisle

15:40

Depart

Appleby

16:21

Arrive

Settle

17:10

Arrive

Skipton

17:41

 

Depart

Skipton

17:55

Depart

Settle

18:15

Arrive

Appleby

19:06

 

15th August

No restaurant car available on these services

 

Destination

Time

Depart

Appleby

10:29

Arrive

Settle

11:17

Arrive

Skipton

11:42

 

Depart

Skipton

12:05

Depart

Settle

12:32

Arrive

Appleby

13:21

Arrive

Carlisle

14:06

 

Depart

Carlisle

15:40

Depart

Appleby

16:23

Arrive

Settle

17:11

Arrive

Skipton

17:36

 

Depart

Skipton

17:55

Depart

Settle

18:15

Arrive

Appleby

19:06

 

 

Please click here to visit the Rail Charter Services website and register your interest to receive ticket alerts and news about the excursion.


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Please click here to visit the Rail Charter Services website and register your interest to receive ticket alerts and news about the excursion.


A Socially Distanced Rail Journey

All services will have stringent social distancing measures in place to ensure the best safety for both customers and staff on board.  With online pre-booking, individual seating areas divided by Perspex screens, and a socially divided one-way boarding and alighting system; passengers will feel at ease throughout the entirety of their journey. 

Prior to boarding, passengers will receive all the necessary guidance for their trip via email.  A specialist first-class compartment in a separate carriage will be available should a passenger become unwell during the journey and need to self-isolate.

To ensure maximum safety for all, passengers are encouraged to be familiar with the current social distancing measures surrounding travel on public transport.  Click to read the latest government advice here.