Pickering & Whitby Return Services
Up to 31 October 2021

Welcome to one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery. Services run every day up to the 31 October, we are then closed until our Santa Special services start in December.

We highly recommend you pre-book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. 

As restrictions are easing, we feel that we still need to apply some caution, so whilst it is great to welcome you back, we strongly recommend our passengers wear a face covering, whilst in buildings, when on board our services and when moving around the train and on busy platforms (unless exempt). More Information

Freedom Tickets

Buy a Freedom Ticket and experience the whole length of our line or hop off at a station along the way if you donate your ticket and add an additional 10% donation, we can benefit from Gift Aid and claim tax back on what you pay.  

If you hop off forgo the remaining outbound stations, but safe in the knowledge of a booked seat on the scheduled return service. Freedom Ticket journey time in each direction is a total of approx. 1h 50m.

Timetable: 6 September to 31 October

If you choose to disembark at any intermediate station, due to the current timetable and Covid-19 constraints, you will not be able to travel to Whitby and must return to Pickering on the returning leg of your outbound journey or an Internal Service. To manage capacity onboard our carriages, Freedom Services cannot be interchanged with one-another e.g. If you book Service A, your return service departs at 14:00 from Whitby. You are not able to return on service B.

Freedom Ticket Fares

Off Peak Dates: 27 September to 22 October. Peak Dates: 23 to 26 September and 23 to 31 October.

A small donation makes a big difference

The extra you pay when choosing a Donation Ticket contributes towards the continued preservation of one of the world’s greatest heritage railways. You are helping us to provide a high-quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for all to enjoy.

If you give a donation, are a UK Taxpayer, and complete a Gift Aid declaration, we can claim 25% tax back from the Government at no cost to you. Enjoy travelling the full 24 miles behind a heritage steam locomotive. This means we receive an extra 25p for every £1 you spend at no extra cost to you. 

If you do not wish, or are unable to Gift Aid, you would pay the Freedom Ticket price.

Please select your starting departure station:


Pickering  Whitby  Fare Chart

Discounted Tickets

  • Members: All Member discounts are valid on all services, subject to availability. We recommend you pre-book in advance and you will need to enter your Valid Membership Number (found on the back of your Membership Card) when booking. **Member Family Tickets - All passengers need to be valid members to qualify.
  • Gift Vouchers & Outstanding Bookings: If you have been issued a Gift Voucher or have a booking held you can redeem these for our services via the Customer Service Team.
  • Carer Tickets: These can be booked online and you will be issued with a free ticket for your carer when you purchase a standard ticket. Wheelchairs and Pushchairs can be stored in the Guards Van. You must be able to transfer to your pre-booked seat
  • ATOC Cards: 75% off services. Only bookable through the Booking Office on the day. Subject to availability. Priv tickets are not available on Pullman Services or Special Event Days.
  • HRA Inter Rail: Can be used but can only be validated on the day of travel at a Booking Office. Subject to availability. Not valid for Special Events or Pullman Dining trains.
  • Shareholder Tickets: Can be used but can only be validated on the day of travel at a Booking Office. Subject to availability. Not valid for special events or Pullman Dining trains.

Occasionally, due to operational requirements, we may substitute a steam engine with a diesel locomotive. Prior to your visit, please ensure that you are able to fulfil your journey within our summer timetable. 

If you wish to make a booking using a Gift Card, please call 01751 472508.

If you have an enquiry, please email [email protected]. This email will be monitored Monday to Friday 9:30am – 4.30pm.

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