Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the questions which are regularly posed include:

Q:  Where can I find the latest train timetable for the Settle-Carlisle railway?

A: Regular modern diesel trains travel across the rail line 7 days a week except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

To check the latest timetable for the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line click here.

For Leeds-Bentham-Lancaster/Morecambe timetables, tickets and more click here.

For the latest journey times, visit Northern’s website here.

Q:  How do I purchase tickets for travel on the Settle-Carlisle railway? 

A:  To find out about fares and how to purchase tickets, click here.

Q:  Can I purchase Gift Vouchers for travel on the Settle-Carlisle railway?

A: Yes, Gift Vouchers for travel between Settle-Carlisle and Carlisle-Settle are now available to purchase.

One voucher provides a day returns travel on one of the daily diesel services operated by train company, Northern Trains. A voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. 

To find out more or purchase a gift voucher, click here.

Q:  Is there a refreshment service on trains travelling along the Settle-Carlisle railway?

A: Yes, a refreshment trolley is available on some services between Settle and Carlisle on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line.

If you wish to pre-order refreshments, our Catering Team will be happy to discuss your options. Packed lunches, Afternoon Tea for groups of up to 4, champagne and strawberries, birthday cakes and a host of other menu suggestions are all available.

Click here to find out more about our Refreshment Trolley service.

Q:  Can I bring my dog on the train?

A:  Yes. The Settle-Carlisle railway is part of the UK rail network and the normal rules apply.  You just need to follow these simple guidelines:

  • Dogs (maximum two per person) must be on a lead, or in a secure appropriate carrying case.
  • Animals (or their containers) must not occupy seats, or a charge will be made.
  • The dog, or other animal, must not cause a nuisance or danger to other passengers.  If it does, you may be required to leave the train.

So, if you have a well-behaved dog it’s more than welcome and, best of all, dogs travel free of  charge!

The National Rail Enquiries website provides useful information about the carriage of animals and luggage on trains.

Q:  When is the next steam train?

A:  Steam train excursions do travel across the Settle-Carlisle line all year round and more frequently in summer but these are special excursions and you cannot normally board at Settle or Carlisle.  However, this website focuses on the year-round, seven day a week service operated by Northern Trains. Diesel sprinter trains run between Leeds and Carlisle, calling at the stations en route.

If it’s steam that you’re really after then there’s lots of information available on our Steam Excursions webpage here.

Q:  Can I use my Railcard?

A:  Yes, the usual discount is available when using Senior, 16-25 (and 16-30), Family, Forces, Two-Together Railcards.

Find out  more and purchase National Railcards here.

If you live in the postcodes close to the Settle-Carlisle and Bentham lines, you can get discounts off rail travel if you have a Dales Railcard.

Q:  Can I take my bicycle on the train?

A:  Currently, only two bicycles are allowed on each service.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to pre-book the bicycle spaces.

Q: Is assistance available for older or disabled passengers?

A:  Yes, Northern participates in a system called Passenger Assist.  Passengers can arrange assistance for their journey and book wheelchair spaces where available.

At manned stations, assistance will be provided by station staff or, at unmanned stations, by the train conductor.   Please note that it is not possible to book a  wheelchair space on the trains operating between Leeds, Settle and Carlisle. To arrange assistance,  please call the Customer Experience Centre tel 0800 138 5560 at least 24 hours in advance of your journey.

Read more about travel assistance and station and train accessibility here.

Q:  Can I claim compensation when my train is delayed?

A:  Northern, the train operating company, has a delay repay scheme and compensation is paid when services are delayed for 30 minutes or more.

Click here to find out more about Delay Repay and learn how to make a claim.

Q:  Can I use a drone near the railway to take photos/videos of trains?

A:  The definitive answer is available on Network Rail’s website. Click here for more information.

Q:  I am not resident in the UK, can I use a BritRail pass to travel on the Settle Carlisle Railway?

A:  Yes, BritRail passes are accepted for travel on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.  You can find out more about travelling on the numerous scenic railway lines at  the Scenic Rail Britain website.

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