Introduction & FAQ’s

The Settle-Carlisle line is part of the national rail network with diesel train services operating between Leeds and Carlisle daily (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Journeys can start and/or end at any of the stations along the line– or you may have travelled to/from other parts of the country.

The illustrated route map (see below) for the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Railway shows the stations between Lancaster and Settle, and Leeds and Settle. Please note that the route map is not to scale.

The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line provides very useful connections for travel to/from Scotland and London at Carlisle. At Leeds there are numerous connections to/from Scotland and the rest of the country. The map below illustrates the great rail connections that are available from the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway.

A range of tickets are available (single, return, open return and advance purchase).  If you are boarding the train at a manned station, you should purchase your ticket before boarding the train. If boarding at an unmanned station you will be permitted to purchase your ticket from the conductor. You can also buy tickets online in advance here.

If you have purchased a ticket online, you can collect your ticket by taking details to the booking office at any manned station, or from a ticket vending machine (available at selected stations along the route only).

If you have purchased a ticket through an online app, you must ensure the ticket has been downloaded to your device prior to starting your train. You will be required to show your e-ticket at ticket gates and the conductor on the train. To learn more about Northern’s Free Mobile app click here.

You can view our latest timetables, for both the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Bentham-Morecambe routes, in the Timetables section of our website.

To complement your journey, we offer an at seat refreshment trolley service on most trains.

Visit our stations section for lots more about the route and local information.

There are occasions when track and railway structure maintenance necessitates some of the line being closed to trains. Check out our engineering work information.

It is always recommended that you check your journey prior to travel. You can do so by visiting Northern’s website here.

You can learn about the assistance which can be provided to assist disabled and older passengers here.

Wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs can be carried on trains operated by Northern. All trains have space for at least one wheelchair. For safety reasons Northern cannot take any mobility scooters on the trains unless they can be folded down before boarding and carried on like luggage.

For more useful information, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions …