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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FMNFor Information on the Forget-me-not Dementia TrainFMN
Next one is Wednesday 4th December
Please note that following the success of the first Forget-me-not Train, it may be quite busy!

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

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 depends on space and is at the discretion of the guard.


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

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Esk Valley Line Guide & Timetable (pdf version)

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.

Whitby to Middlesbrough Timetable (pdf) from 19 May, 2019

Summary train times, Summer / Autumn 2019 (19.05.19 to 14.12.19)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0705 1020 1402 1756 2120#
Whitby arr 0837 1151 1537 1925 2250
Whitby dep 0845 1158 1600 1934# 2257
M'brough arr 1015 1330 1732 2106 0025
* Only runs on Fridays from 29 March, 2019 to 6 Sept & 25 October (Goth Weekend)
# Runs as the Music & Ale train - Fridays ONLY, June, July & August (no extra charge)
M'brough dep 0841 1046 1345 1645
Whitby arr 1011 1225 1518 1821
Whitby dep 1019 1246 1548 1828
M'brough arr 1148 1416 1719 1958


Previous Summary train times, Winter 2018 / Spring 2019 (9.12.18 to 18.05.19)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0705 1020 1402 1756 2120
Whitby arr 0837 1151 1537 1928 2250
Whitby dep 0845 1158 1558 1935 2258
M'brough arr 1015 1328 1730 2106 0026
* Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays from 29th March, 2019
M'brough dep 0841 1046 1347 1647
Whitby arr 1011 1227 1521 1820
Whitby dep 1019 1248 1548 1828
M'brough arr 1149 1419 1722 1958


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.

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. 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

Esk Valley Outings


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Telephone: 07584-419114