Tickets, Fares & Railcards

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 or has a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) you must purchase your ticket at the Station. Otherwise, please purchase your ticket from the conductor on the train. Dogs and cycles go free, though there is a maximum of two cycles per train and is at the guard’s discretion.


New Fares from March 2021

  • Day Return fares on this line are great value; a Middlesbrough-to-Whitby adult day return (the longest journey) costs £7.90 (£9.30 on the 07:04), day return for a child is £3.95 (£4.65 on the 07:04). Whitby-to-Middlesbrough adult and child day return fares costs the same as above. With an Esk Valley Railcard you can save 33% on all fares along the Esk Valley. Apply here – it costs £10 per year.
  • York Shopper: visit York for £19.40 day return from Whitby, leaving on the 08:45 from Whitby. Change at Middlesbrough (not valid via Darlington) and arrive at 11:17 at York. Return on the 16:39 from York, arriving at Whitby 19:30. Use National Rail or Northern website to book.
  • Tyne and Tees Day Ranger (Adult £24.70 Child £12.35) allows you to travel any time at weekends, on public holidays or after 08:45 Monday to Friday. The Day Ranger is attractive for journeys between Whitby and the Esk Valley, Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Shildon (for the Locomotion Railway Museum), Thornaby, Stockton, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Hexham, Morpeth, Newcastle, Northallerton and intermediate stations.
  • Duo Tickets Two Adults travelling together (Off-Peak) £11.80 return Middlesbrough to Whitby.

Please check the timetables before purchasing a ticket.


Esk Valley Railway Residents’ Railcard

  • A third off the standard fare for residents traveling on the Esk Valley Railway.
  • Valid for discounts on train tickets between Whitby and Middlesbrough – including peak services.
  • 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 £10 for one year.
  • Also valid on North York Moors Railway for Adult Freedom Tickets.

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.

The Esk Valley Railcard is now available from the following stations:

Malton, Middlesbrough, Thirsk, Thornaby, Scarborough, Northallerton and Harrogate stations as well as Whitby and Redcar stations.


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You can contact the Esk Valley Railway Development Company at Or by post to: Esk Valley Railway Development Company, PO Box 506, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 9GA