Getting around Keswick and Bus Timetables

By Bus 

X4/X5 Penrith/Keswick/Bassenthwaite/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 Lancaster - Keswick This service runs between Lancaster and Keswick via Kendal, Windermere railway station, Ambleside and Grasmere.

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

78 Keswick-Lodore-Grange Bridge-Rosthwaite-Seatoller

Seasonal Bus Services - summer season only

The following services operate during the summer season (April to October) only.

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

208 - Keswick to Patterdale This is a seasonal (Easter - October) and Saturday only circular route from Keswick to Patterdale. Service 208 runs via Troutbeck, Aira Force, Matterdale. and Glenridding to Patterdale.

Cat Bells Shuttlebus Timetable 2022

Some of the buses are part of the Honister Rambler route, bus 77/77A, which goes from Keswick to Cat Bells and then onto Honister, Buttermere and Whinlatter. These run daily from Easter to the end of October.

Some buses are just the Cat Bells shuttle from Keswick to Cat Bells, these run daily from 23 July to 4 September.

Cost: Keswick to Cat Bells: £2.30 single, £4 return. Concessionary fares passes (English) accepted. 

Keswick bus stationPortinscaleCat Bells, Swinside TriangleHonister Rambler 77/77A

Bus timetable from Cat Bells and Keswick

Honister Rambler 77/77ACat Bells, Swinside TrianglePortinscaleKeswick bus station

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

Where's my bus? Click here for a live tracker for buses in the Keswick area. 

By Keswick Launch

Click here to see the latest info on the launch service.

Click here to see which Keswick launch jetties are open today.

Park and Sail at Keswick Rugby Club

Park at Keswick Rugby Club, Crow Park Road where you will find 200 parking spaces. Park for the day and receive a Keswick Launch discount voucher. The voucher when presented at the Launch ticket office gives a 15% discount off the launch services that day for the driver and up to a maximum of 4 of their passengers.

By Taxi

Contact Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 or by email at for all your transport needs around Keswick. Further information can be found here and on their website.

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 -


Why not take a look at our walking page. There is a choice of easy and more strenuous routes available.

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