This ticket allows visitors to explore the Yorkshire coast at a reduced price. Available on the Arriva bus service to Whitby and the whole of the Scarborough to Hull line the cost is for one days unlimited travel £18.00, reduction with a railcard £11.90, child £9.00, family £36. (2013 prices)
This ticket allows one circular journey only starting at any station listed below and going clockwise or anti clockwise. Scarborough - York - Selby - Hull - Scarborough. A one day ticket £22.00, child £11.00 and railcard holder £14.50. 2013 prices.
There are three cliff lifts in the town and these will take you from the promenade up to the town centre ( or down if you do not wish to negotiate the steep steps and paths).
The ride is comfortable and the trams go every few minutes when full. The fare is £0.75( as at April 2012) which is quite expensive for a ride that lasts less than 2 minutes!
If you need to use the train from the south of the town there is a railway station at Seamer , close to Crossgates village.
All trains to and from Scarborough on both the Hull and York lines stop here and there is a reasonably large station car park where you can park for free.
The Weaponess Valley Road park and ride facility closed in early 2009 and has been replaced with two new park and ride facilities - one on Filey Road (A165) and one on Seamer Road (A64)- both to the south of the town. These are a good idea and should ease the traffic congestion but have unfortunately added to it because traffic from the north east and north has to cross the town centre to get to the park and ride outlets.
Service 64 from Seamer Road starts at 07.00 and runs every 12 minutes until the last journey back from the town centre at 19.08.
Service 165 starts at 07.06 and runs every 12 minutes with the last journey back from the town centre at 19.02.
The buses used are low floor easy access and the departure point buildings have clean toilets and baby changing facilities.
Town centre stops are all in the shopping centre and for the South Bay you have to get off at Aquarium Top and walk down the hill. For the North Bay the stop in St Thomas Street is the nearest and then a long walk or change to a service bus.
Single fare £1.10 / return £2.20 and this includes the cost of parking your car (at 2012).
A different way to travel to Scarborough is by vintage steam train and through the summer of 2011 old steam trains will run to the town from Normanton, Castleford, Wakefield and York.
The trains do not operate every day of the week and the cost is higher than the standard service train but of course this is a unique way to travel.
The website has all the details you need for the 2012 season.
I am someone who "as yet" has never had a major drama with trains,so I find Midland Mainline useful(personal opinion).
My tip is subjective as it focuses on one route,ie "my own".
Midland mainline has 3 or 4 routes to Scarborough,mostly via Derby,Peterborough,or Sheffield,and through York.
The journey time from Leicester is around 3hrs 20 mins alltogether including stops.
My fare for this journey was a wallet busting £58 return (as of sept 06)
Useful info on train times and fares,can be obtained via
Midland mainline have timetable info
Plus contact info
and a very useful ROUTE MAP
My 3rd and final tip to get you to/from Scarborough via a mode of Public Transport known as a "Bus" is the availability of the Arriva #93 & X93 Bus Service from Middlesbrough to Scarborough via my Home town of Whitby.
This goes over the following route (from Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough Bus Station > Ormesby Crossroads > Guisborough (Market Place) > Birk Brow (top of VERY steep, winding hill along the A171... great view though) > Scaling Dam (large Trout reservoir owned by Northumbrian water on the Teeside/North Yorkshire border) > Aislaby (War Memorial) > Whitby Bus Station > Hawsker Village > Robin Hood's Bay (#93 only) > Fylingthorpe > Flask Inn > Cloughton > Scarborough Hospital > Scarborough Railway Station.
Another of the main Bus providers for getting to/from Scarborough is the excellent YORKSHIRE COASTLINER, with buses to/from Leeds via Malton & York.
The service number to get to/from Scarborough is the #843 which goes over the following route from Scarborough:
Scarborough (Peasholme Park) > Scarborough (Railway Station, Stop R) > Seamer Roundabout > Staxton (Hare & Hounds pub) > Ganton (The Ganton Greyhound public house) > Sherburn (crossroads) > West Heslerton (crossroads) > Rillington (Fleece Hotel) > Scagglethorpe (Ham & Cheese Public House) > Norton (Library) > Malton Bus station (10minute stop off for a driver change, etc) > Barton Hill > Stockton on the Forest > City of York (Stonebow, Stop C) > City of York (Railway Station, Stop J) > Dringhouses (York college) > Copmanthorpe > Tadcaster > Seacroft > Leeds City Bus Station.
My other Trains tip to get to/from Scarborough is this:
The other trains service to/from Scarborough is operated by NORTHERN RAIL, along the Yorkshire Coast Wolds Line from Scarborough to Hull, over the following route:
Scarborough > Seamer > Filey > Hunmanby > Bempton > Bridlington > Driffield > Beverly > Cottingham > Hull.
According to the National Rail Enquiries website, this service then goes onwards to Sheffield.
My first tip for Transportation to / from Scarborough, and the first of 2 Train tips is this, especially relavent to people from outside the UK wanting to visit Scarborough:
Scarborough Railway Station is managed by FIRST Transpennine Express, and according to various sources that've cropped up online the station is home to the longest bench (as in seating) in any railway station in the UK, if not the world.
The Trains Operated by Transpennine Express go straight to/from Scarborough on the East coast of the UK, over to Liverpool on the West Coast, and call at the following stations (from Scarborough): Seamer > Malton > York (connections to East coast mainline) > Leeds > Huddersfield > Stalybridge > Manchester (Piccadilly) > Manchester (Oxford Road) / Manchester International Airport (connection from Manchester Oxford Road station?) > Birchwood > Warrington Central > Liverpool (Lime Street station).
Total journey time from Scarborough to Liverpool (according to the National Rail Enquiries website) is around 3hrs 12minutes.
Scarborough is on the Moors Bus network - by using dedicated buses in the North Yorkshire Moors with links from Scarborough it is possible to see many places on the moors usually inaccessible by public transport.
Moors Bus is a summer only scheme operated to enable people without cars explore areas of the North Yorkshire Moors not usually served by bus.
The buses interlink reasonably well and fares are reasonably low. There are a number of buses with disabled access.
The website (which is very detailed and well thought out does need some navigating but this is a welcome innovation for the area.
When those cliffs become to much for you, have a go at a funicular tram up the cliff. This is the Central tram which starts from just next to the Grand Hotel and takes you to the shopping area above the beach, close to the railway station. There is also the St Nicholas and the South Cliff one by the spa.
There are frequent trains from for instance Liverpool via York and from Hull. Just bear in mind on your return that in Scarborough, you queue to get on the trains so be there in advance if you travel on a busy day or risk getting no seat.
If you want a cheaper fare, buses are fairly frequent. In York the Yorkshire Coastliner runs from the railway station via Malton to Scarborough. In Hull buses run from the coach station and in Whitby from the railway station via Robin Hood's Bay.
The sea front buses run every few minutes from the Spa to Corner Cafe and cost £1.50 (June 2006) for the full journey. You can of course pay less and use the bus for journeys within the main route. You pay the driver and change is available - you do not need the exact fare. The buses are open top as the photo shows and it is quite an exhilerating journey especially around the Marine Drive.