The Little White Bus

The Little White Bus is a community service providing scheduled travel to the residents of, and visitors to Upper Wensleydale and Swaledale in North Yorkshire.

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Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

60,000 passengers each year

Founded in 2011 by the late John Blackie, we carry in excess of 60,000 passengers each year across 500,000 miles of some of the most beautiful countryside in England

The Little White Bus

Our dedicated team of paid and volunteer drivers are all Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) trained and all have been Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Our fleet of Mercedes Sprinter minibuses carry up to 16 passengers from Richmond and Leyburn in the East, heading to Reeth, Keld, Hawes and Garsdale in the West.

We also run day services from Richmond to nearby market towns and major shopping locations in our region.

In addition to our scheduled services we also deliver Home to School transport services for North Yorkshire County Council.

Main Visitor Attractions

You can book day trips from Wensleydale and Swaledale to main visitor attractions, and specialist trips to see red squirrels at Snaizeholme, or transfers from Wensleydale to Swaledale and back.



Red Squirrels


Take A Trip With Us


Buttertub Transfers


Drive for us

We are always on the look-out for new volunteer drivers. To drive our buses you need to have the category D1 on your licence, or you need to have a professional driving qualification (PSV). D1 categorisation was automatically added to all licences first issued before 1st January 1997.

How is our driving?

Feedback from our customers and other members of the public, with whom we share the road.

Service Alerts


We always do our best to run the service as per the timetables.

Sometimes, the weather and other service issues (Pheasants, rabbits, deer or escaped sheep!) the better of us and we need to make last-minute changes to the schedule.

You can now sign up to have e-mail alerts from us, telling you if your service has been changed and why.

Our Happy Clients

It’s a lifeline for me!

I don’t drive, I don’t have access to any transport. . . I would be stuck, really stuck.
My close family passed away over six years ago. I need to get out of the house and get my food. It sounds . . strange ..  but it’s good for me to do that one thing. Without the Little White bus, I wouldn’t have  that.
I don’t know what my life would be like
I have two teenagers at home, I’m a mum and need to get my shopping. I don’t have any access to transport. I don’t know where I would be without this . . . Thank you

It’s my support

Without the bus, I just can’t get to Tesco. It’s my only chance to get my shopping. It feels scary to think…Where would I be without the Little White Bus? . . . I don’t know if I could stay living here. It’s my support, it’s not just the journey. This is my only person to person conversation I’ve had in a week. I forget how to speak and end up talking to my cat. Really though, this helps me so much. I don’t know where I would be without The Little White Bus

Community Timetables

We run 4 scheduled services throughout the year.

You can view all our up to date timetables here.

The Little White Bus is a community service providing scheduled travel