Summary: Kirkbymoorside was connected to the national railway network from 1875 until 1964, when the track was lifted. Today the nearest rail station is at Malton with connections to Scarborough, York and cross-Pennine to Manchester and beyond.
Today, bus route #128 from Helmsley to Scarborough passes through the town via West End and Piercy End. The service operates hourly on Mondays to Saturdays in peak summer, extending west beyond Helmsley to Sutton Bank. In the evenings and for most of the year the service is less frequent.
Connections to York are through either the #31X service from Helmsley or the #840 from Pickering; the #840 also calls at Kirby Misperton, the location of Flamingoland theme park and zoo, and Malton bus and railway station.
Interesting fact: Kirkbymoorside was the last town in England to adopt double-yellow lines to restrict parking. Source.
Within Ryedale, many of the towns and villages are served by local bus companies.
Stephensons provide regular local bus services between Helmsley, Hovingham, Castle Howard and Malton, Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley, Easingwold and York, Helperby, Tholthorpe, Linton-on-Ouse and York and Malton and York. See website for timetable and fare details.
The main bus routes through Ryedale are provided by Transdev Coastliner who run regular buses through Malton from York and Leeds and on to Pickering, Whitby and the Moors. Also to the coast at Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington. For more information go to the Transdev Coastliner website.
Moorsbus is a bus service that is designed to help people explore the North Yorkshire Moors and in doing so reduce the number of vehicles that use the roads in and around the Moors. Coordinated by the National Park authority and using local bus operators, all services operate on Sundays and statutory Bank Holidays (including Good Friday and Easter Saturday) from 3 April to 30 October, plus Wednesdays from 6 July to 28 September.
Ryedale, via Malton station, is well served by the Transpennine Express service details of which can be found here.
For travel onward from York visit East Coast Rail and Northern Rail.
Trains run between York and Scarborough, calling at Malton. A direct train service also operates between Manchester Airport and Malton. York Station provides the link with all main UK intercity rail services. Visitors can reach York from London in less than two hours, and it is only a 30 minute onward rail journey from York to Malton.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains along an 18 mile line between the market town of Pickering and Grosmont, and periodically as far as Whitby, through the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
The railway passes through a variety of scenery, from wooded valley to heather clad moorland. It calls at Pickering, Levisham, Newtondale, Goathland and Grosmont on its way to Whitby along the way and offers access to unspoilt countryside and the sea for walkers and cyclists.
Details can be found on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website.