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
*Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays 17 June to 12 August, also Monday 22 August for Whitby Regatta and Friday 28 October for the Goth Special
Sundays until 30.10.16
Summary train times, Winter 2015/16 (13.12.15 to 14.05.16)
Monday to Saturday
Sundays from 20.03.16
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 run during the summer months.
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.
Music and Ale Trains
During the summer, on Friday evenings, (mid-June to mid-August) there are additional Music Trains with real ale and live music. The Music and Ale trains 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.
Summer/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.
Winter/Spring timetable 2015-2016 Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (13.12.15 - 14.05.15) View 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.
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 www.nymr.co.uk
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
Esk Valley Railway Outings
Share your experiences and find inspiration.
Share your stories, memories and experiences of great days out involving the Esk Valley Railway, to inspire others to enjoy the line too.
Four bridges replaced
Network Rail invested 2.1 million pounds in the Esk Valley line to replace the Duck, Danby, Thorneywaite and Carr End bridges.
The engineering works have now been successfully completed.
Every Sunday from mid-July to late-September the Moorsbus Community Interest Company and Friends of Moorsbus are running the Moors Rambler Bus service. Connecting Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough- Ormesby - Guisbroough - Danby - Hutton-le-Hole - Kirbymoorside - Pickering.
GPS Customer information
Systems keep passengers informed of their train’s exact location between Middlesbrough and Whitby. Electronic signs have been fitted at Whitby, Sleights, Grosmont, Egton, Glaisdale, Lealholm, Danby, Castleton, Great Ayton stations to date.
The GPS system will provide greater confidence in the railway services of rural areas.
The scheme uses commercial mobile phone technology.
Network Rail releases shocking level crossing footage
Network Rail reported that in 2009/10, there were over 4,500 recorded incidents of pedestrians and motorists misusing level crossings, including over 400 ‘near misses’.
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.