Something of a tradition, open top seafront buses are the perfect way to explore Scarborough’s seafront without all the tiring leg-work. You can visit North Bay and South Bay, maybe taking the chance to orientate yourself when you first arrive. The journey is great for spotting places you’d like to explore during the rest of your holiday. There are good cafes at each end of the route, views of the harbour, and castle and sea air to wake you up for the day ahead. It is recommended that you bring a coat when the weather is not fine – it can get quite breezy on the top deck! On a sunny day, make sure you bring your sun tan lotion however – it’s a lovely way to catch up on your tan.
If you are staying in the North Bay area of Scarborough, be sure to use the buses to reach the South Bay area attractions. You have the convenience of a regular service, and the relative peace and quiet of North Bay. A perfect combination. Those staying in the South Bay often use the bus when they want to visit the Open Air Theatre, or the Sea Life Centre. There is good parking available at each terminus if needed. The South Bay terminus is at the Spa, which is great if you want to try out the traditional Penny Arcades. From there it travels along Foreshore Road, Sandside, Marine Drive, Royal Albert Drive and on into the North Bay area, where it terminates at The Sands.
Times and Fares
Each carrier – there are a couple – who run buses along the 109 seafront route, have different charges and timetables. The costs are comparable, with variations on offers and deals for families, and Hop On, Hop Off tickets, so check out which type of ticket suits you best. Some operators accept Go Anywhere or Scarborough Day Rover tickets. There is rivalry between operators, so be sure you check the latest deals and get the best price! The S&D (Scarborough & District Sea Front Open Top Bus Tours) are distinctive, with big bow ties on their fronts. The other company is Shoreline Suncruisers. You will find all details of their times and fares at the terminuses. S&D run 108 buses to North Bay attractions too, such as The Sea Life Centre and Scarborough Bowls Centre. Day trips out of Scarborough to local towns and attractions are always on offer too.
Evening buses are available too, which is ideal if you want to go out for the evening in one bay, but are staying in the other. The last bus leaves the North Bay at 10pm, and from the Spa at 10.15, but check with the bus service if this is the service they provide. S&D finish their service at 6.30 or slightly later in High Season, whilst Shoreline run the late service.
Other bus times are regular, with buses arriving at 20-minute intervals. During High Season and Bank Holidays, they arrive every 12 minutes. The journey itself takes roughly 15 minutes, so you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the views.