590: Rochdale - Halifax

*UPDATED 5th June 2022*

The 590 is a transpennine route through some stunning scenery. It's operated by First and runs the whole route every hour each daytime and evening, with a higher frequency between Todmorden and Halifax. Click here to dicover more bus routes in Yorkshire and here for routes in the North West.

Places served

The 590 starts from stand B at the new Rochdale Interchange:

Aldi supermarket Rochdale Entwisle Road


Buses towards Halifax use stop A on Church Street, outside Changes hairdressing salon:

Buses towards Rochdale use stop B over the road outside Benzino Pizza:

Hollingworth Lake is nearby and well worth a visit.

We've now crossed the border from Greater Manchester into West Yorkshire. Buses to Halifax stop outside the cricket ground on the A6033, opposite the Gordon Rigg Garden Centre:

The main stop for buses towards Rochdale is here, opposite the Wagon & Horses pub:

The 590 in both directions serves Todmorden Bus Station. Buses to Halifax use stand C and buses to Rochdale use stand D:

Lidl supermarket Todmorden, use the Sanworth Street stops

Buses to Halifax use stop Hb7 and buses to Rochdale use Hb5 on New Road:

The 590 starts from Stop 18 on Crown Street:

It also uses stop 23 on George Street:


See the full timetable on these websites: 

Here are your links for live scheduled departures from major stops towards Halifax:

...and back towards Rochdale:


Contact First for details of single and return fares. Within West Yorkshire, an adult single is capped at £2.00.

The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route 590 is the FirstDay West Yorkshire at £5.20. It's valid on all First routes in West Yorkshire including over to Rochdale.

Also valid throughout but not available to buy on the 590 is the FirstDay Greater Manchester at £5.50. It's valid on all First buses in Greater Manchester, but their network there has been reduced in recent years, so it's only really worth it if you're connecting in Rochdale with their routes from Oldham and Tameside and don't need to connect with any other routes at the Halifax end. 

If you're only going to be travelling within Greater Manchester, then you can use System One's range of multi-operator and multi-modal tickets on the 590 between Rochdale and the county border, which is Summit, Dean Head. The any bus Daysaver is currently £6.40 and is valid on all buses in Greater Manchester, regardless of operator.

The TfGM Wayfarer at £15.20 for an adult, and which can't be bought on the bus, is valid on the 590 as far as Todmorden, plus on all buses, trains and trams throughout Greater Manchester, the Peak District and beyond.

If you're only going to be travelling within West Yorkshire and also need to use either other bus companies or trains, then Metro's range of multi-operator and multi-modal tickets is for you. The WY DaySaver Bus is £5.50, valid on all buses throughout West Yorkshire, regardless of operator. These tickets are valid for travel on the 590 between Halifax and the county border at Walsden, Calderbrook Road only.

Plusbus tickets issued with rail travel to/from major stations in Greater Manchester or West Yorkshire are valid on the 590 on the appropriate side of the county border.


See a map of all bus routes in the Borough of Rochdale here and a list of all routes running from the Interchange here. Metrolink trams serve Rochdale Interchange as well as the following major bus routes:

Change at Todmorden Bus Station for the following major routes:

In Hebden Bridge, change for Transdev Keighley BronteBus B3 to Haworth and Keighley.

Change at Mytholmroyd for TLC 900/901 to Huddersfield.

See a map of all bus routes in Halifax here. Here are the major routes:

The 590 passes close to the following railway stations:

Extract from Northern Rail's network map, with stations served by the 590 highlighted.


  • First 587 provides another route between Rochdale and Halifax, running via Ripponden.
  • First 591/592 combine with the 590 to give a high frequency between Halifax and Todmorden.
  • Northern Railway runs the railway line that links all of the stations that the 590 passes. Fares here.

Long Distance Footpaths

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

1 comment:

  1. Do you plan on doing any routes here in Hampshire?

    Great stuff btw, would love to help if I can