Esk Valley trains run between Whitby
and Middlesbrough, stopping at 15
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, Winter & Spring (08.12.13 to 23.03.14)
Monday to Saturday
Summary train times, Summer & Autumn 2013 (19.05.13 to 7.12.13)
Monday to Saturday
|* Only runs Fridays 5 July to 30 August, also Monday 12 August and Friday 1 November|
Sundays 19.05.13 to 3.11.13
With the increase in the direct Sunday services available you can now spend the day exploring one of the many villages in the Esk Valley, change at Grosmont for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway or spend the day by the seaside in Whitby.
Direct Northern services run to Whitby from Middlesbrough, Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Newcastle, Sunderland, Hartlepool and many other stations. Download the leaflet to find out more.
Last train to Middlesbrough on Saturdays
The 19.15 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 July to early-September) there are additional Music Trains with real ale and live music. The Music and Ale trains departs from Whitby at 19.15 returning from Middlesbrough at 20.44, it arrives back in Whitby at 22.11. 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.
Winter timetable 2013-2014
Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (08.12.13 - 23.03.14) View pdf file
From 8 December May 2013. View pdf file
Summer/Autumn timetable 2013 Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (19.05.13 - 7.12.13) View pdf file
From 19 May 2013. 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.
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
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Esk Valley Railway Outings
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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.
A new Trial GPS Customer information
System to keep passengers informed of their train’s exact location between Middlesbrough and Whitby. Electronic signs have been fitted at Whitby, Grosmont and Lealholm stations.
The GPS system will provide greater confidence in the railway services of rural areas.
The £150,000 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.
Buses on the Moors
The Moorsbus service runs from Easter to October each year. It's a network of routes to and within the North York Moors National Park which complement otherbus and train routes.
Moorslink tickets offer unlimited travel for the day on the Moorsbus network and Esk Valley Railway between Whitby and Middlesbrough. Fares details are given on the right.
Steam trains will continue to travel on from Grosmont to Whitby until at least 2014, under a new agreement between the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Network Rail.