Whitby Transportation

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    Steam train to Whitby

    by Britannia2 Updated May 21, 2014

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    Leaving Grosmont
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    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.

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    LIft to the beach

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 2, 2006

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    The lift to the beach at west cliff

    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.

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    Touring the Coast

    by hayward68 Updated Nov 29, 2002

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    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.

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    Open top bus tour

    by suvanki Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Whitby Bus Tour Sign

    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.

    Adults £4
    Students/YHA £3
    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!

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    Road Access

    by kitkat1980 Written Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

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    Open top Bus

    by kitkat1980 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Steam Trains

    by kitkat1980 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Steam bus

    by Britannia2 Updated Aug 12, 2010

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    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.

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    Charabank bus

    by Britannia2 Written Aug 12, 2010

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    Charlotte the bus

    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.

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    River cruises

    by Britannia2 Written Aug 13, 2010

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    Whitby river cruises

    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.

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  • Getting here from London & Down South (P/Transport

    by jduck1979 Written Jun 26, 2008

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    Yorkshire Coastliner @  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)
    http://www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com/

    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)

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  • How to get here from abroad

    by jduck1979 Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    a TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS locomotive at York
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    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
    http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/

    2) Catch the TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS train service from Manchester Airport to YORK (c. 1hr 50mins)
    http://www.tpexpress.co.uk/

    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)
    http://www.yorkshirecoastliner.co.uk/

    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
    http://www.newcastleairport.com/

    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
    http://www.northernrail.org/

    4) Catch Northern RAIL Train from Middlesbrough to Whitby
    http://www.northernrail.org/

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    Sailing ship cruises

    by Britannia2 Written Aug 13, 2010

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    Endevour
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    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.

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    Getting to Whitby

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 15, 2006

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    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.

    Tours :
    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.

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  • Getting here by Train

    by jduck1979 Updated Mar 28, 2012
    Inside Whitby Railway Station c. 2007
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    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)
    12:05pm
    3:40pm (School Train)
    7:05pm

    Departing around:
    8:55am
    12:41pm
    3:55pm (School Train)
    c. 7:10 - 7:30pm

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