Esk Valley Railway to Whitby
Train passing below Fairy Cross Plain between Lealholm and Danby stations. Photograph by Angela Thirkill
From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 16 stations along the route
Esk Valley Railway line logo

Esk Valley trains run between Whitby and Middlesbrough, stopping at 16 intermediate stations along the line. The full journey takes less than 90 minutes.
There is a toilet on board.


At the moment it is not known which services will be running - as soon as we do know, we will put them here. For further information on other Northern Services, see here

In summer and autumn (April to early November) trains operate daily. On Sundays there are also through trains between the Durham Coast, Bishop Auckland, the Esk Valley and Whitby, and between Darlington and the Esk Valley and Whitby.

Summary train times, Winter 2016/17 (11.12.16 to 20.05.17)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1404 1740
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1559 1918
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1729 2047
Sundays from 2.04.17
M'brough dep 0905 1121 1356 1617
Whitby arr 1036 1252 1534 1756
Whitby dep 1044 1301 1547 1804
M'brough arr 1223 1433 1717 1933


Summary train times, Summer & Autumn 2016 (15.05.16 to 10.12.16)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1403 1740 2049
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911 2220
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1600 1918 2225
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1730 2047 2351

*Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays 17 June to 12 August, also Monday 22 August for Whitby Regatta and Friday 28 October.

Sundays until 06.11.16
M'brough dep 0905 1121 1356 1616
Whitby arr 1036 1252 1534 1756
Whitby dep 1044 1301 1547 1804
M'brough arr 1223 1433 1717 1933


Several additional weekday trains operate locally between Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough.

Last train to Middlesbrough on Saturdays

The 19.19 Whitby to Middlesbrough train on Saturdays is designated as a ‘Dry Train’. This means that all alcoholic drink is banned on board this service. See Northern's 'No can do' poster for more information.

This does not affect the Friday night Music and Ale Trains which will hopefully run again next summer.

Unique Timetable for each Railway Station

On each station page, you will find, on-screen and in printer-friendly format, all the arrival and departure times at that particular station, along with journey duration times to Whitby and Middlesbrough, as well as sample ticket prices.

Extra Trains on Summer Friday Evenings

During the summer, on Friday evenings, (mid-June to mid-August) there are additional Trains. The train departs from Whitby at 19.19 returning from Middlesbrough at 20.49, it arrives back in Whitby at 22.20. An additional service will then return to Middlesbrough from Whitby at 22.25.

In winter trains operate daily (except Sundays). There are no trains on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.

The timetable is now standardised for Mondays to Saturdays.

Full current timetable

Train timetable for the Esk Valley lineWinter/Spring timetable 2016-2017 Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (11.12.16 - 20.05.17) View pdf file

View Winter/Spring 2016-17 Pocket Timetable pdf file

Summer/Autumn timetable 2016 Northern: Esk Valley Railway Full Timetable (15.05.16 - 10.12.16) View pdf file.

View Summer 2016 Pocket Timetable pdf file

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.

Replacement bus pick-up points

On occasions when a replacement bus service is in operation they will collect passengers from the following locations at each station. Download a list of Esk Valley Railway station bus pick-up points or alternativley look at the station information panel on the right-hand side of the relevant station page on this website. We're sorry but we can't carry dogs or non-folding prams, pushchairs, bikes and wheelchairs on the replacement buses.

Steam trains on the Esk Valley line

From late March through to early November, extra steam-hauled trains operate along the Whitby to Grosmont section of the Esk Valley line.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam trains also operate between Grosmont and Pickering. For more information visit

Help with planning journeys using public transport

North Yorkshire Public Transport Information: view and print timetables for any bus service in North Yorkshire.

National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner: up to 12 weeks ahead
Tel: Lo-call for 03457 48 49 50

National Rail Enquiries Pocket Timetables tailored for your personal travel requirements

Traveline Yorkshire Public Transport Information
Tel: 01482 59 29 29
Open daily 7am to 10pm

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