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 at the discretion of the guard.
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.
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 29th March, 2019, we have an additional late service on Friday evening and during June, July & August, the 19:35 from Whitby, and the 21:20 from Middlesbrough will have Music & Ale on board.
View CURRENT timetable in pdf format
Click here for the new version of the Esk Valley Line Guide which includes the new timetable (pdf).
New Summary train times, Winter 2018 / Spring 2019 (9.12.18 to 18.05.19)
Monday to Saturday
|* Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays from 29th March, 2019
OLD Summary train times, Summer and Autumn 2018 (20.05.18 to 8.12.18)
Monday to Saturday
|* Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays in June July & August.|
Several additional (14) weekday and Saturday services operate locally between Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough. There are also 10 services a day on a Sunday (includes the four Whitby to Middlesbrough services).
Last train to Middlesbrough on Saturdays
The 19.35 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.
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.
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 www.nymr.co.uk
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
Esk Valley Railway Outings
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Four bridges replaced
Network Rail invested 2.1 million pounds in the Esk Valley line to replace the Duck, Danby, Thorneywaite and Carr End bridges.
The engineering works have now been successfully completed.
Every Sunday from mid-May to late-September the Moorsbus Community Interest Company and Friends of Moorsbus are running the Moors Rambler Bus service. Connecting Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough- Ormesby - Guisborough - Danby - Hutton-le-Hole - Kirbymoorside -Helmsley - Pickering - Thorton-le-Dale - Malton - Rosedale - Stokesley.
GPS Customer information
Systems keep passengers informed of their train’s exact location between Middlesbrough and Whitby. Electronic signs have been fitted at Whitby, Sleights, Grosmont, Egton, Glaisdale, Lealholm, Danby, Castleton, Great Ayton stations to date.
The GPS system will provide greater confidence in the railway services of rural areas.
The scheme uses commercial mobile phone technology.
Network Rail releases shocking level crossing footage
Network Rail reported that in 2009/10, there were over 4,500 recorded incidents of pedestrians and motorists misusing level crossings, including over 400 ‘near misses’.
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.