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
Click here - next one is Wednesday 4th March
Please note that following the success of these Forget-me-not Trains, it may be quite busy!

Please note a Bus Replacement Service operates between Battersby and Whitby from 21:00 on Saturday 22nd and all day on Sunday 23rd February.
Full details here
For pick-up locations, here .
All train and bus times see Twitter link

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.

Click here for our New Line Guide and Timetable
15 December to 16 May 2020 (pdf) 



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Click here for Live Departures

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

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. Information on the status of the 22.21 departure on Saturday is pending.

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

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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