Whitby town and river Esk

Travelling to Whitby – how to get here


By car

From the North

Follow the A171 down from Guisborough and prepare yourself for some stunning views. Or, if you’re already on the Yorkshire coast, follow the A171 up the coastline from Scarborough to Whitby.

From the South and West

You will more than likely be coming up on the A64. Then take the A169 around Malton, drive through Pickering and join the A171 to Whitby.

The A171 crosses the North Yorks Moors where you will pass through some beautiful scenery.


By train

There are trains running to and from Whitby but be aware you might have to make a change or two depending on where you’re coming from.

Trains from Middlesbrough to Whitby – A regular daily service is available with a journey time of just over 1 hour 30 minutes.

More Information & Tickets

Leeds or York to Whitby – A regular service is available but choose your times carefully. A journey from Leeds can take between 3 to 6 hours (with a change in York and sometimes another change in Middlesbrough) depending on the time of day you travel. A journey from York can take between 2.5 – 3.5 hours (with a change in Middlesbrough)

Leeds – Whitby More Info & Tickets

York – Whitby More Info & Tickets

By bus

The Coastliner service runs regularly and is a great way to take in the scenery.

Leeds to York, Malton then Pickering and Whitby

More Info

The Most Scenic Bus Route in the North York Moors – Read More about it or Watch a short film by BBC on the Bus journey.


Middlesbrough to Whitby

More Info


To make an interesting start to your holiday you could choose to mix it up a little by using a combination of bus and train. Take a look at this article published by The Guardian More Information.


Travel from abroad

If you’re flying into the UK the most convenient airports to land at are Leeds/Bradford Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport or Newcastle International Airport.  These are the closest to the Yorkshire coast making the next part of your journey easier.

If you are arriving by ferry the best ports to arrive at are Hull Ferry Terminal or Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal.