Public transport and car-sharing

Wakefield Free City Bus​

The Wakefield Free City Bus service provides residents and visitors an alternative to using the car around the city centre.

It provides free travel between key locations around Wakefield city centre.

The bus travels on a circular route linking the two train stations, the bus station and the main shopping areas:

The service runs every 10-12 minutes from 7.30am to 6.40pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8.30am to 5pm on Saturday.

This service operates on a circular route linking the following locations:

  • Bus Station
  • The Springs and Trinity Walk Shopping Centre
  • Kirkgate and The Ridings Shopping Centre
  • Kirkgate Rail Station
  • The Hepworth Wakefield
  • Ings Road Retail Park
  • Westgate Retail Park
  • New Westgate Rail Station
  • Wakefield One
  • Top of Westgate
  • Bus Station

All journeys on the bus are free of charge and each Free City Bus is accessible and can carry one wheelchair at a time.

Bus, train and coach travel

You can find information for public transport in West Yorkshire on the Metro website. Metro provide timetable information as well as a Journey Planner.

You can also call MetroLine on 0113 245 7676 for advice and information. It is open from 7am to 10pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Year's Day.

Discounted travel

Including older person's bus pass

If you are of state pension age, the English National Concessionary Pass entitles you to free, off-peak local bus travel throughout England after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day at weekend and bank holidays.

For West Yorkshire residents, your English National Concessionary Pass also entitles you to train travel within West Yorkshire for half of the full fare, after 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays and all day at weekends and public holidays.

Metro also offer free travel at certain times for blind and disabled people.

How to apply

We don't issue these passes. Full information and details on how to apply can be found on the Metro website.

West Yorkshire Car Share Scheme

Share the driving seat - we have teamed up with the other West Yorkshire councils to set up wycarshare.com to provide a free car sharing service for all those who live in and around Wakefield.

You can log on to the site to register and enjoy the benefit of car sharing. Register your journey to work - or other trips you make and you will find out about how the scheme works and how safe it is.

You can share a car for any journey - getting to work, doing the weekly shop, taking the children to school, going to the match at the weekend, to a festival, event or show, getting to or from university, visiting friends or getting to the airport.

The benefits of this include:

  • Saves you money - travelling with others enables you to reduce your transport costs by up to £1000 a year.
  • Reduces the number of cars on the roads - resulting in less congestion, less pollution and fewer parking problems
  • Provides a real solution to the transport problems of rural areas
  • Gives employees and employers more transport options
  • Reduces the need for a private car