The town and surrounding area, situated in verdant Airedale, has two rail stations (Bingley and Crossflatts), good bus links and is very accessible by car with plenty of car parks and parking space in the centre. And for the very adventurous, you can even access via the Leeds and Liverpool canal! So travelling to Bingley shouldn't be too complicated.
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Bingley is located on the Metro Airedale Line between Leeds/Bradford and Skipton making the town a very accessible from the major Northern cities. Even London is only a step away! And with its sister railway station Crossflatts you are spoiled for choice.
Train stations addresses
We are often asked for the Crossflatts or Bingley train station postcode so walkers can use it in their phone or satnav to find their location. So here they are:
Bingley railway station
Grid Reference: SE 108 391
Crossflatts railway station
Grid Reference: SE 103 402
Click on the map to see their location!
Approximate off peak journey times by rail:
|Trains to Bingley||Travelling Time||Change|
|London||2 hours 40 minutes||1 change|
|Manchester||1 hour 20 minutes||1 change|
|Carlisle||2 hours 20 minutes||No change|
|Settle||50 minutes||No change|
|Lancaster||1 hour 30 minutes||No change|
|Morecambe||2 hours||No change|
|York||1 hour||1 change|
|Sheffield||1 hour 30 minutes||1 change|
Both Bingley and Crossflatts railway stations are located in Zone 3 of the West Yorkshire Metro Rail network within easy and direct reach of Leeds or Bradford. To see a map of the train network, go to the Metro website
Local journey times by rail (approximate)
|Trains to Bingley||Travelling time||Change|
|Leeds||18 minutes||No change|
|Bradford||15 minutes||No change|
|Skipton||20 minutes||No change|
|Shipley||6 minutes||No change|
|Saltaire||4 minutes||No change|
|Keighley||6 minutes||No change|
|Ilkley||45 minutes||1 change|
|Baildon||20 minutes||1 change|
|Burley-in-Wharfedale||35 minutes||1 change|
In bold are other Walkers are Welcome towns in Yorkshire!
The local bus network will help you reach close by neighbourhoods and towns not serviced by train. It's ideal if you want to do a long walk to or from these places and don't want to come back all the way on foot. For any buses information, again visit the Metro website.
Local journey times by bus (approximate)
|Buses to Bingley||Travelling time||Change|
|Harden||6 minutes||No change|
|Wilsden||12 minutes||No change|
|Cottingley||6 minutes||No change|
|Cullingworth||30 minutes||No change|
|Riddlesden||7 minutes||No change|
|Eldwick||9 minutes||No change|
|East Morton||8 minutes||No change|
|Sandy Lane||15 minutes||No change|
Main bus routes and timetables
It is very easy to access Bingley by car especially since the opening of the bypass on the A650 between Cottingley and Crossflatts. There is ample parking in town and below is a map of their location and capacity. For further information about parking in Bingley, please visit the Bradford District Council website.
On the canal
If you are a boater, you probably already know the famous Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. One of the main tourist attraction in town, this industrial heritage feature was opened in 1774 and has seen thousands of narrow boats going through its doors ever since. Today the Canal & River Trust is in charge of its maintenance and we highly recommend that you pay a visit to the site. The locks are only 11 miles from Leeds out of the 127 miles to Liverpool.
However the canal is not just for boaters as the towpath is open to anyone and you can walk or cycle at a leisurely pace along it, We recommend that you check our Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk for further information – you can now download an interactive app