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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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, 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


Summary train times, Summer & Autumn 2015 (17.05.15 to 12.12.15)

Monday to Saturday
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1404 1740 2049
Whitby arr 0838 1159 1535 1911 2220
Whitby dep 0850 1218 1600 1919 2225
M'brough arr 1017 1346 1731 2047 2351
*Only runs through to Whitby on Fridays 19 June to 14 August, also Monday 17 August for Whitby Regatta and Friday 30 October for the Goth Special
Sundays until 01.11.15
M'brough dep 0845 1107 1343 1623
Whitby arr 1017 1236 1515 1755
Whitby dep 1025 1246 1525 1805
M'brough arr 1207 1416 1653 1932


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.

Full current timetable

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

View Pocket Timetable pdf file

Summer/Autumn timetable 2015 Northern Rail: Esk Valley Railway Timetable (17.05.15 - 12.12.15) View pdf file N.B. The special extra evening trains on summer Fridays and Whitby Halloween weekend are running, even though they don't appear on this print timetable. For evening special train times, see Music and Ale trains on the events page, or online timetables on individual station pages.

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
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Middlesbrough | travel east – towards the sea | travel west – inland | Whitby
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Telephone: 01947 601987

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