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.

The 73 is a seasonal Saturday bus route in two parts. See details below.

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.

73 - 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.

Cockermouth to Buttermere Shuttle BusRunning every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 13 May to 28 August 2023. £2. 

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. 

Single journeys capped at £2 until 30th June 2023

The Bus Fare Cap Grant scheme is a Government funded scheme being introduced on most single (including Child and Student) bus journeys across England from until 30th June 2023, including those listed on this page.  You can take a single journey and never pay more than £2. If your current ticket is less than £2, don’t worry it’ll stay the same price! Buy your ticket using the Stagecoach app or cash/contactless on the bus.

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 [email protected] 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 now open. 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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