You can buy a ticket to any station on the Esk Valley Railway from anywhere in the National Rail Network. If a station is staffed, you must purchase your ticket at the ticket office. Otherwise, please purchase your ticket from the conductor on the train. Dogs and cycles go free, though there is a maximum of two cycles per train.
From January 2018
- Day Return fares on this line are great
value; a Middlesbrough-to-Whitby adult day return (the longest journey)
costs £8.90 (£10.50 on the 07:04), day return for a child is £4.45 (£5.25 on the 07:04).
Whitby-to-Middlesbrough adult day return costs £7.30, day return for a
child is £3.65. All trains in this direction are "off-peak".
- York Shopper: visit York for £16.80 day return from Whitby, leaving on the 08:45 from Whitby. Change at Middlesbrough (not valid via Darlington) and arrive at 11:22 at York. Return on the 16:15 from York, arriving at Whitby 19:11. Tickets must be purchased from Whitby Ticket Office before travel.
- Tyne and Tees Day Ranger (£22.70) allows you to travel any time at weekends, on public holidays or after 08:45 Monday to Friday. The Day Ranger is attractive for journeys between Whitby and the Esk Valley, Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Shildon (for the railway museum), Thornaby, Stockton, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Hexham, Morpeth, Newcastle, Northallerton and intermediate stations.
Please check the timetables before purchasing a ticket.
- A third off the standard fare for residents traveling on Esk Valley Railway.
- Valid for discounts on train tickets between Whitby and Middlesbrough.
- A Residents’ Railcard offers a third off normal adult train fares. Up to 4 accompanying under 16s can travel at a third off the normal child fare.
- The Railcard is not valid for season tickets.
- The Residents’ Railcard price is £10 for one year.
- Also valid on North York Moors Railway
If you live in the Hambleton, Scarborough or Ryedale Districts of North Yorkshire, or in the Boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland or Stockton, you are eligible for an Esk Valley Railcard.
The Esk Valley Railcard is now available from the following stations:
Malton, Middlesbrough, Thirsk, Thornaby, Scarborough, Northallerton and Harrogate stations as well as Whitby and Redcar stations.
Details of national railcards can be obtained from the Railcard page of the Northern Rail website.
Timetables for each Station
On the station pages, you will find, on-screen and in printer-friendly format, all the arrival and depature times at that particular station, along with journey duration times to Whitby and Middlesbrough, as well as sample ticket prices.
Visit York for £16.80 day return from Whitby, leaving on the 0845 from Whitby. Change at Middlesbrough (not Darlington) and arrive at 11.22 at York. This gives you 4 hours at York before returning at 1615 from York, arriving at Whitby 1911. Tickets must be purchased from Whitby Ticket Office before travel or on the train when boarding at intermediate stations which do not have a ticket office facility.
You can take bikes on the train free of charge and without the need to make reservations. For cycle route ideas and cycling related websites to help you plan your trip, visit the cycling page.