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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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.

RMT have announced continuing strikes on the Northern Network and will take place on each Saturday through to 29th December. 
For service running, please see here....

This Saturday, 10th November, the 1st 3 services will run
From Middlesbrough to Whitby 07:05, 10:20 and 14:02
BUT Not the 17:56

From Whitby to Middlesbrough 08:45, 11:58 and 15:59
BUT NOT the 19:34

click here for Live Departures

Trains operate daily all year round (except Christmas 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. During June, July & August, & Friday 26th October there will be an additional late service with Music & Ale.

Summary train times, Summer and Autumn 2018 (20.05.18 to 8.12.18)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0705 1020 1402 1756 2120
Whitby arr 0837 1151 1536 1927 2250
Whitby dep 0845 1158 1559 1934 2257
M'brough arr 1015 1329 1731 2106 0025
* Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays in June July & August.
M'brough dep 0841 1048 1346 1648
Whitby arr 1011 1229 1520 1822
Whitby dep 1018 1246 1550 1828
M'brough arr 1148 1419 1723 1958


Coming soon a slightly revised timetable from 9.12.18 
View pdf file

Summary train times, Winter and Spring 2018 (10.12.17 to 19.05.18)

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
M'brough dep 0842 1050 1346 1651
Whitby arr 1011 1230 1519 11825
Whitby dep 1022 1247 1546 1831
M'brough arr 1151 1416 1724 2002


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 19.34 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.

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. 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 (until 19th May 2018)

Train timetable for the Esk Valley lineCurrent (from 20th May 2018) Summer/Autumn 2018

Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (20.05.18 - 8.12.18)
View pdf file

Previous Winter/Spring timetable 2017-2018

Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (10.12.17 - 19.05.18)
View pdf file

Click here for a copy of the Esk Valley Line Guide

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

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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