Steam train getting to Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Getting to Whitby

Getting to Whitby is easy! There are so many different ways you can join us on the Yorkshire Coast, no matter where you’re coming from.

Whitby by car

Getting to Whitby by car is a doddle, as long as you’re paying attention to the pesky moors’ roads! The main road in and out of town is the A171 and you’re pretty much guaranteed to do a stretch on it no matter where you’re headed from.

From the North, simply follow the A171 down from Guisborough and prepare yourself for some stunning views out of the town and the sea. Or, if you’re already on the Yorkshire coast, simply follow the A171 up the coastline from Scarborough to Whitby.

From the South and West, you’ll likely be coming up on the A64. Then take the A169 around Malton, drive through Pickering and join the A171 just after Staithes.

Once you arrive, there are plenty of places you can leave your car while you go exploring.

Check out some of the best places to park

view of Whitby from the Abbey steps

Trains to Whitby

We’re very lucky to have such a handy railway right in the middle of town. Northern Rail trains run to and from Whitby, but be aware you might have to make a change or two depending on where you’re coming from.

For an extra special treat on your journey, why not book a seat on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway? The heritage railway takes you right through the heart of the national park and offers spectacular scenery. Enjoy a luxurious dining experience on board the Pullman Dining Train and get a blast from the past with the spectacular steam locomotives.

Busses to Whitby

If you’d like to get the bus to Whitby, there’s a great Yorkshire based service that you can jump aboard. The Coastliner bus runs regularly and is a great way to take in the Yorkshire landscape. In 2018, it won the title of the Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route.

Travel from abroad

Flying into the UK? Aim for Leeds Bradford Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport or Newcastle International Airport to be closer to the Yorkshire coast.

To get to us via ferry, look for the northern ports on the east coast. Hull Ferry Terminal or Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal are a good place to start.

However you plan on getting to Whitby, we’ll be delighted to see you when you arrive!

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