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
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Welcome to the Esk Valley Railway

Travel under current Lockdown rules (from Monday 12 April)

The 'stay at home' rule ended on 29 March, 2021 but many restrictions remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.
Please check here for the rules from Monday 12 April, 2021

Live Train times along the Esk Valley

Line Guide for the Esk Valley Railway in pdf format

Current Northern Timetables (until 16 May, 2021)
Route 2: Nunthorpe & Middlesbrough to Newcastle & Metrocentre
Monday to Saturday    Sundays
Route 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby
Monday to Saturday    Sundays

Northern Timetables (from 16 May, 2021)
Route 2: Nunthorpe & Middlesbrough to Newcastle & Metrocentre
Route 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby

Please check National Rail Planner for any last minute changes
and try the Trainline App to check how busy your train is

PLEASE NOTE : face-coverings remain mandatory
on Public Transport and on all stations in the UK.
Note: Children under five and those with certain medical conditions are exempt

 Click the image for Northern Information and help
Updated 13/4/2021 @11:00


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. Dogs are allowed. Bikes are allowed, though it depends on space and is at the discretion of the guard.         

Click here for Live Departures

and for Information on Delay Repay
if your train is more than 15 minutes late.

Click here for a short video (3 minutes) about our line and what is happening to services down the
Esk Valley Line to Whitby

FMNForget-me-not DementiaTrain suspendedFMN
Click here for further information

  Walkers between Sleights to Grosmont (Click for information)

Trains operate daily all year round (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). The Sunday service, which now runs all year round, has a different timetable. There are through trains and connections between the Durham Coast, Bishop Auckland, the Esk Valley and Whitby, and between Darlington and the Esk Valley and Whitby.

From 15th December, 2019, we have two additional services Monday to Saturday, one early in the morning and a later evening service. The initial timetable to May 2020, has the two additonal trains running fast between some stations, so please check before boarding that the train stops at your desired destination. Why doesn't the train stop at all stations? Please read this.

Several additional (13) weekday and Saturday services operate locally between Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough (see Timetable 2 above).  There are also 10 services a day on a Sunday (includes the four Whitby to Middlesbrough services).

Dry Trains - Whitby to Middlesbrough on Saturdays

The 19.44 Whitby to Middlesbrough train on Saturdays is designated as a ‘Dry Train’. This means that all alcoholic drink is banned on board this service - including in your shopping! See Northern's 'No can do' poster for more information.

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.

In winter trains operate daily EXCEPT there are no trains on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.

The timetable is now standardised for Mondays to Saturdays.

DELAY REPAY - New rules on delay compensation came into effect in December, 2018. If your train is delayed by 15 mins or more, (30 mins for inter-city routes) you are entitled to compensation.  It applies to all Train Operators. Northern offer automatic repay if you book via their web-site Northern Railway or their mobile app.  For more information on what you should be entitled to, see here.

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. 

Please note:

         You should have a valid train ticket before you get on the bus; one should be bought at the earliest opportunity.

         Bicycles & prams cannot be taken on the bus, unless they are folded.

         Guide dogs and other 'working' dogs will always be carried.

         No alcohol is allowed on the bus or coach.

         Where disabled or elderly customers are unable to board rail replacement vehicles a taxi will be booked.

         Wheelchairs can be carried, mobility scooters are not normally accepted due to their size.

Steam trains on the Esk Valley line

North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam trains run between Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby. Please check thier website for services during the covid-19 pandemic.

A limited edition book by Maurice Burns on the Settle & Carlisle Line is available here.

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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PO Box 506, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 9GA
Telephone: 07584-419114