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
Esk Valley Railway line logo

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.

In summer and autumn (April to early November) trains operate daily. On Sundays there are also through trains between the Durham Coast, Bishop Auckland, the Esk Valley and Whitby, and between Darlington and the Esk Valley and Whitby.

Summary train times, Summer & Autumn 2016 (15.05.16 to 10.12.16)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1403 1740 2049
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911 2220
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1600 1918 2225
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1730 2047 2351

*Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays 17 June to 12 August, also Monday 22 August for Whitby Regatta and Friday 4 November for Goth week-end (Friday 28 October service has been removed).

Sundays until 06.11.16
M'brough dep 0905 1121 1356 1616
Whitby arr 1036 1252 1534 1756
Whitby dep 1044 1301 1547 1804
M'brough arr 1223 1433 1717 1933


Summary train times, Winter 2015/16 (13.12.15 to 14.05.16)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1404 1740
Whitby arr 0838 1157 1535 1907
Whitby dep 0848 1218 1600 1919
M'brough arr 1015 1346 1729 2046
Sundays from 20.03.16
M'brough dep 0905 1122 1355 1617
Whitby arr 1032 1252 1532 1755
Whitby dep 1044 1303 1546 1805
M'brough arr 1221 1433 1717 1932


Several additional weekday trains operate locally between Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough.

Last train to Middlesbrough on Saturdays

The 19.19 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.

This does not affect the Friday night Music and Ale Trains which will hopefully run again next summer.

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.

Extra Trains on Summer Friday Evenings

During the summer, on Friday evenings, (mid-June to mid-August) there are additional Trains. The train departs from Whitby at 19.19 returning from Middlesbrough at 20.49, it arrives back in Whitby at 22.20. An additional service will then return to Middlesbrough from Whitby at 22.25.

In winter trains operate daily (except Sundays). 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

Train timetable for the Esk Valley lineSummer/Autumn timetable 2016 Northern: Esk Valley Railway Full Timetable (15.05.16 - 10.12.16) View pdf file (not yet available). Please see summary above or station pages for train times or view pocket timetable below.

View Summer Pocket Timetable pdf file

Winter/Spring timetable 2015-2016 Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (13.12.15 - 14.05.15) View pdf file

View Pocket Timetable pdf file


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

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 08457 48 49 50

National Rail Enquiries Pocket Timetables tailored for your personal travel requirements

Traveline Public Transport Information
Tel: 0871 200 22 33
Open daily 7am to 9pm
Call from landlines cost 10 per minute

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