Getting around Keswick and Bus Timetables

By Bus

With a timetable and a little planning you can reach very many places by bus. As walkers you can use the bus to complete a linear walk without the necessity of having to return to where you left the car. You can step on a bus to explore the beauty of Borrowdale or cross the Honister Pass for the breath-taking views of Buttermere and Crummock Water, returning to Keswick through the gentle Vale of Lorton and over the Whinlatter Pass with its Visitor Centre and Osprey CCTV screens. The Osprey outdoor viewpoint above Mirehouse is only a few minutes bus ride from Keswick.

Alternatively you can follow beneath the Helvellyn chain to Grasmere, then to Ambleside, Windermere and beyond to Kendal. Often this ride will be by double decker - the scenery is better from the top deck than from the back seat of the car. 

Keswick the Lake District Bus Timetables 

Summer Timetables - 24th March - 28th October 2018

Click on the italicised headings for links to pdfs of timetables.

X4  Summer timetablePenrith/Keswick/Bassenthwaite/Cockermouth/Workington 

X5  Summer timetablePenrith/Keswick/Braithwaite/Cockermouth/Workington

This service runs from Penrith bus station via Penrith railway station to Keswick and then continues to Cockermouth and Workington. The X5 serves the villages of Threlkeld, Portinscale, Braithwaite and Thornthwaite whilst the X4 goes to Bassenthwaite village, Castle Inn and the Lakes Distillery. Please note that the bus doesn't go into Portinscale village but stops on the A66.

555  Summer timetableLancaster - Keswick This service runs between Lancaster and Keswick via Kendal, Windermere railway station, Ambleside and Grasmere. 

554  Summer timetable Keswick - Carlisle This service runs between Keswick and Carlisle via Mirehouse, Castle Inn Hotel, Bothel, Mealsgate, Bolton Low Houses, Wigton and Thursby.

78 - Summer timetable  

Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller  - until 15th April 2018

Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller - 16th April - 25th May 2018

Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller - 26th May - 3rd June 2018

Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller - 4th June until 29th June 2018

Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller - 30th June until 30th September 2018

Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller- 1st October until 19th October 2018

Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller - 20th October until 28th October 2018

Seasonal Bus Services - summer season only

The following services operate during the summer timetables only. In 2018 this period is 24th March - 28th October 2018.

77/77A The Honister Rambler - This is a circular seasonal bus service which operates from Easter to October in both clockwise and anti clockwise directions taking in Portinscale, Catbells, Grange, Seatoller, Honister Slate Mine, Buttermere, Lorton and Whinlatter Forest. Travel through one of the steepest passes in the region, the Honister Pass.

73/73A - Carlisle /Caldbeck/Keswick 

The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal (Easter - October) and Saturday only circular route from Keswick to Caldbeck. Service 73 runs via Applethwaite, Mirehouse and Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite village, Uldale and Ireby to Caldbeck and returns to Keswick via Hesket Newmarket, Mungrisdale, Threlkeld and Castlerigg Stone Circle. Service 73A operates the same route in reverse.

Visit the Stagecoach website for more info and to plan a journey.

By Keswick Launch

Why not see the spectacular scenery around Derwentwater from one of the Keswick Launches. Sit back and relax on a trip round the lake - 50 minutes for the complete circuit or stop off at one of the boat landings to take a stroll along the lakeshore and catch the launch again further along the route. With seven stops around the lake it also provides the excellent starting or finishing point to longer walks up the surrounding fells.

Stagecoach bus and boat tickets - You can buy combined bus and boat tickets from Stagecoach. These allow you to hop on and off the Keswick launch and unlimited travel on buses in certain zones depending on the ticket purchased. You’ll be able to buy your bus and boat ticket from the driver on any Stagecoach buses across Cumbria and North Lancashire. Please note that the drivers only accept cash payment.

View Keswick Launch Winter Timetable (06 Nov 2017 – 16 Mar 2018)

View Derwentwater Walk Route


By Taxi

Contact Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 for all your transport needs around Keswick


By Electric Twizy Car

There is a flock of electric ‘sheep’ living in and around Keswick! Have a look to see where you can hire these funky, fun cars from during your stay. You can hire by the hour or for the day and they offer the perfect way to take short journeys around the area in the knowledge that your zero carbon footprint will help keep Keswick and the surrounding area looking beautiful. If you’re visiting with family and friends why not arrange to take two or three out at the same time, for a real Lake District ‘sheepish’ adventure. 


By Bike

Your bicycle, or one hired locally is an excellent way to explore the area. Several long distance cycle routes pass through the area, notably the C2C 71. Please note the railway path between Keswick and Threlkeld is currently only partially open and not a through route due to bridges washed away by the floods. Click here for more information.

Bike hire available from -

Take a Tour

Sit back on a sightseeing tour and let the experts guide you to the best spots.