You can buy a ticket to any station on the Esk Valley Railway from anywhere in the National Rail Network. If a station is staffed, you must purchase your ticket at the ticket office. Otherwise, please purchase your ticket from the conductor on the train. Dogs go free!
From 2nd January 2013
- Day Return fares on this line are great value; a Middlesbrough-to-Whitby adult day return (the longest journey) costs only £9.60, day return for a child is £4.80. Whitby-to-Middlesbrough adult day return costs £6.80, day return for a child is £3.40.
- Duo Ticket: when two people travel together, the second person travels half price (£10.20 for two travelling together to Middlesbrough!). However, this return ticket is only available if the outward journey is westward (the Whitby-to-Middlesbrough direction). It must be purchased before travelling from Whitby, unless for some reason the ticket office is closed. If you are boarding at an unstaffed station, you can purchase it on the train.
- York shopper: visit York for £12.90 day return from Whitby, leaving on the 0850 from Whitby. Change at Middlesbrough (not Darlington) and arrive at 1147 at York. Return on the 1623 from York, arriving at Whitby 1907. Tickets must be purchased from Whitby Ticket Office before travel.
- Tyne and Tees Day Ranger (£20.00 adult) allows you to travel any time at weekends, on public holidays or after 8.45am Monday to Friday. The Day Ranger is attractive for journeys between Whitby and the Esk Valley, Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Shildon (for the railway museum), Thornaby, Stockton, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Hexham, Morpeth, Newcastle, Northallerton and intermediate stations.
- Moorslink tickets offer unlimited travel for the day on the Moorsbus network and Esk Valley Railway between Whitby and Middlesbrough. Purchase at station ticket offices, from the conductor on the train or from Moorsbus drivers. Adult £14 (adult), £7 (child aged 5-15), £28 (family: 2 adults and up to 3 children).
Please check the timetables before purchasing a ticket.
- Discounted fares for local residents traveling on Esk Valley Railway.
- Valid for discounts on train tickets between Whitby and Middlesbrough.
- A Residents’ Railcard offers a third off normal adult train fares. Up to 4 accompanying under 16s can travel at a third off the normal child fare.
- The Railcard is not valid for season tickets.
- The Residents’ Railcard price is £12 for one year. It can be renewed before expiry date for just £7.50
If you live in the Hambleton, Scarborough or Ryedale Districts of North Yorkshire, or in the Boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland or Stockton, you are eligible for an Esk Valley Railcard.
To purchase an Esk Valley Residents' Railcard, please use this form:
Complete it, print it out, and send with a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque to EVRDC at The Coliseum, Victoria Place, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1EZ.
You can also buy an Esk Valley Residents' Railcard at Whitby station ticket office.
Details of national railcards can be obtained from the Railcard page of the Northern Rail website.
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.
Visit York for £12.90 day return from Whitby, leaving on the 0850 from Whitby. Change at Middlesbrough (not Darlington) and arrive at 1147 at York. This gives you 4 hours at York before returning at 1623 from York, arriving at Whitby 1907. Tickets must be purchased from Whitby Ticket Office before travel.
You can take bikes on the train free of charge and without the need to make reservations. For cycle route ideas and cycling related websites to help you plan your trip, visit the cycling page.
Music and Ale Trains
On Friday evenings during the summer, enjoy spectacular scenery, real ale and live music on the Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale trains. This is a good opportunity to visit one on the many great pubs along the line for an evening meal and a few relaxing drinks, before returning on the late train.