By Car :
If arriving from the South: take the M1/M18 or A1 to A64.
If arriving from the North: take the A1/A19 to A171 or A 170
From West: take the M62 to Hull, then on to A63/A165 (coastal route) or M62 towards Hull then A614 Howden, A163, B1249, A64 (which is the country route)
By Rail :
There are regular Inter-City trains which travel from Edinburgh and London with an interchange at York for onward journeys to Scarborough and Filey, and across country from Liverpool/Manchester.
By Sea :
The North Sea Ferries run a daily service both from Rotterdam & Zeebrugge to Hull which is only one hour away by road from Whitby.
There is an open top bus tourist service tour which operates in Whitby during the tourist season. It will take you through the main attractions including the Whitby Abbey.
Captain James Cook, English navigator and explorer, was from North Yorkshire and spent part of his adolescence in Whitby. This tourist excursion takes visitors on a complete reprisal of his epochal "round the world" 1768-71 voyage to the Antipodes. Those on board will be gone for a full two and a half years, and will experience all of the hardships of the orignal journey.
I think the tour lasts for an hour or two. It looks like fun.
Ther e is a cliff lift fron the promenade on the west cliff down to the beach near to the Hands on Science exhibition building.
The fare is 60p each way with concessions (as at May 2006) and this saves a long walk down and especially back up on the very steep paths.
From my own travels I can really only recommend this way ot getting whitby.
From your location to York. Outside the station, you can get the bus from outside the station. The Yorkshire Coastliner is the bus to get. Buses are usually busy as the bus starts in leeds. Chek the website for the fares and the times.
From 10.00 - 16.25, hourly tours around Whitby, set off from The Whalebones, West Cliff, calling at West Cliff, (NorthPromenade),Moorlands Hotel, Whitby Abbey, Church St Captain Cook Museum,Longbourne Rd (Co-Op superstore)
and Pier Road, Lifeboat Station.
Over 60's/under 16's £3
Children under 5 free
Family (2 adults/2 children) £10
Local single journey £1
Ticket valid all day, pay driver on entering bus.
For those with mobility problems, this is a good way to avoid climbing the steps to the Abbey.
You can also jump off, and wander round near the drop off points, then catch the tour later.
Although I didn't use this bus, people I met who had used it had enjoyed this way of seeing Whitbys sights!
While visiting Whitby you can take a sightseeing trip aboard several different boats such as the one pictured. They take you along the shoreline and show you various sites along the way.
Head down the the harbour and you'll see signs advertising various tours.