There are two day ranger tickets available from Whitby. The Moorslink ticket gives unlimited travel on one day on the rail line to Middlesborough and on the Moorsbus ( see separate tip) network of buses. Adults £13.50 and children £7.00. Family price £28
The Tyne and Tees Day Ranger (after 08:45) covers the area from Whiltby to Hexham on Northern Trains including the Bishop Auckland line and the coast via Sunderland. £20.00 for adults and £10.00 for children. Railcard holders £13.20. (2013 prices which are actually cheaper than 2012 )
The town is served by the Esk Valley branchline from Middlesbrough along one of the most scenic railway routes in the country.
Usually just 4 Trains a day, arriving roughly around:
8:40am (School Train)
3:40pm (School Train)
3:55pm (School Train)
c. 7:10 - 7:30pm
There are many tours offered around whitby to take a ride on a open top bus and see the sights. Giving your fantastic views you of all the local sites in the area. Its a fantastic way to experience the wonderful winding roads and sea views, without having to take many of the steep hills , which can be quite a walk. Highly reccomended for those wishing to see the abbey and the town as the steps up and back from the abbey can be very tiring even with young fit legs. Prices range from £4 for adults, to £3 for children and concessions, with discounts available for groups and families. Tours open from approximatly may to october.
Times for one tour can be seen below:
First pick up at 10.10am from Langbourne Rd, Bandstand 10.35am, Whale
Bones 10.40am, West Cliff Attractions, 10.43am. Whitby Abbey, 11.00am,
Captain Cook Museum, 11.05am. Continues hourly throughout the day, with the
last bus departing at 4.10pm, Langbourne Rd.
There is train access into whitby the basic routes from the north running from middlesbrough, on the esk valley route.
The esk valley could also provide a fabulous trip on a steam train, with journeys starting from or leaving from whitby. The north york moors railway, runs trains throughout the summer, which stop at Grosmont and Pickering, other fabulous towns in the north york moors (covered on the north york moors page). The trains take in some fantastic views along the way and are an experience you wont forget.
Due to details changing regularly - simply visit the website below for up to date details.
This is exceptionally good value at £4 for adults and £2 for children and this replica of the sailing ship Endeavour takes visitors around the harbour (but not out to sea).
The ship is 40% of the size of Captain Cooks ship of that name but on the 30 minute trip you can gauge a little of what life was like on a sailing ship in Cooks time. The views from the ship are wonderful and the commentary on board good.
This famous yellow boat takes visitors out on 25 minute boat rides in to the bay or on longer trips out to Sandsend and Staithes. There are also sunset and twilight cruises.
The boat leaves its landing stage at Brewey Steps at set times through the day starting at 10.15 in the morning.
There is undercover seating should the weather be wet and refreshments are available.
Charlotte is a 1929 bulit Dennis bus that was found derelict some years ago and restored to its 1920s condition and today takes people on a vintage bus tour of Whitby.
The bus leaves Pier Road (near the band stand) when there are sufficient passengers to fill the bus. The tour of the town is £3 for adults , £2 for senior citizens and £1 for children.
Elizabeth the steam bus is a 1931 built Sentinel vehicle and I am sure unique anywhere in England. The bus runs on steam and the smell is wonderful and evocative as it waits to take passengers at its terminus in Pier Road (the harbour side).
There is a driver and fireman just as on a steam engine and the buses route takes passengers around the town in 1920s travel style.
This is the super high speed journey option I've recently figured out for if any of my online friends from outside the UK actually come to visit me for once..... and figured it'd also be useful on this joint to anyone planning to visit the area from abroad, and not going to London first (e.g. flying into Heathrow first, or taking the EUROSTAR from mainland Europe) or want to avoid London completely.........
1) Fly into Manchester International Airport from wherever it is you're coming from
2) Catch the TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS train service from Manchester Airport to YORK (c. 1hr 50mins)
3) Catch the #840 or X40 YORKSHIRE COASTLINER Bus service from York Railway Station (Stop C) directly to Whitby (2hrs, but the scenery along the way is top notch)
Other Airport options, but may be a little more complicated and take longer.....
Newcastle International Airport
1) Fly into the Airport... I know there's connections to Amsterdam + Heathrow for starters
2) This is where it starts getting complicated.... some options on the National Rail Enquiries website requiring 3 or 4 changes of Trains........ figure it out yourself: http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/
Durham-TeesValley Airport (formerly Teeside International Airport)
1) Fly into the Airport (connections from Amsterdam + Heathrow, etc)
2) Catch scheduled bus from the Airport to Darlington
3) Catch NORTHERN RAIL Train from Darlington Station to Middlesbrough
4) Catch Northern RAIL Train from Middlesbrough to Whitby
I'm adding this seeing as it could prove useful for somebody out there............ How to get to Whitby from London (or elsewhere down towards south-eastern UK) if you have to rely on Public Transport to get you here.
Stage 1: From London, get the Train from LONDON KINGS CROSS Station.
Most likely to be operated by NATIONAL EXPRESS EAST COAST (took over the franchise from GNER)
STAGE 2 / Option 1: Get off the Train at YORK STATION (c. 2hrs later), catch the #840 or X40 YORKSHIRE COASTLINER Bus Service from outside the station (Stop C). That bus takes you directly to Whitby through some really Jaw dropping scenery (the #840 also goes past Goathland Station, which Harry Potter fans may recognise from the first movie as HOGSMEADE Station)
(Bus Journey time 2 hours). http://www.yorkshirecoastliner.co.uk/
STAGE 2 / Option 2: Get off the Train at YORK STATION, catch the TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS train to SCARBOROUGH (52minutes). http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/
STAGE 3: Only applies if you opted to take stage2 / option 2..... after the TP Express reaches Scarborough, catch the ARRIVA #93 / X93 Bus to Whitby (takes c. 1hour) from outside the Station.
It is possible to take the train ALL the way to Whitby, but requires this carry on:
1) Take the train from LONDON KINGS CROSS to Darlington
2) Catch a NORTHERN RAIL train from Darlington to Middlesbrough
3) Catch a seperate NORTHERN RAIL train from Middlesbrough to Whitby
Total time... you're looking at around 4hrs 40mins minimum (and there's only 4 trains a day from Middlesbrough to Whitby... last one leaves Middlesbrough @ 5:40pm and reaches Whitby just after 7pm)
Through the summer some North Yorkshire Moors trains are extended from Grosmont to Whitby providing an interesting way to access the town.
Even if the trains are not running in to Whitby it is possible to take a Northern Rail train out of Whitby and then connect with the NYMR at Grosmont for a steam train ride across the moors to Pickering.
The NYMR is one of England's longest preserved railway lines and the journey can take quite some time to complete.
There are also themed family events through the year such as a Harry Potter weekend in September and a World War 2 themed weekend in October. ( See the galleries on my home page)
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.
Northern Rail operate a reasonable service to Whitby from Middlesborough. The journey is scenic but slow and in the winter provides a lifeline to the town and villages along the route when the roads are difficult to use or even blocked.
On some weekends through the year the North Yorkshire Moors Railway operate a steam train service from their railway at Grosmont.
The local bus service is run by Arriva and there is a local town service and longer journey buses to surrounding towns including York, Scarborough and Middlesborough.
From the North
Take the A1(M) or A19 following signs to Middlesborough. From Middlesborough pick up the A171 to Whitby - its well signposted all the way
From the South
Turn off the A1 North onto the A64 York. Continue on the A64 past York, Castle Howard and then Malton. Turn left onto the A169 towards Pickering and Whitby passing Eden Camp. Cross the roundabout in Pickering and continue on the A169 past Fylingdales. Go down Blue Bank into the village of Sleights. Cross the River Esk and at the top of the hill, turn right at the roundabout on the A171 to Whitby.
You could take a train from Middlesborough (which is where you have to go to change if you take a train from for instance York or Newcastle) and get the very nice moorland scenery around Danby north of Whitby included BUT those trains aren't too frequent and if you haven't got a train card the ticket will be expensive.
If in Leeds or York, catch the Yorkshire Coastliner instead. It stops near York station and then also in several nice villages along the way, such as Thornton-le-Dale before crossing the North York Moors national park and the village of Goathlands. Buses are fairly frequent and very cheap for this whole ride.
Finally, you can also catch a bus or train to Scarborough and from there reach Whitby by bus from the station in about an hour. This takes you through some nice coastal views including the steep drop to Robin Hood's Bay. Not for the faint hearted as bus drivers have a tight schedule and drive like maniacs up and down those bendy roads. All buses to Whitby stop here at the railway station.