Travel on our new service 'The Optimist' and enjoy the seaside town of Whitby!

Starting from Monday 17th August to Sunday 27th September. 

'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering. 

Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. 

Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby.

Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby. 

 17 August - 13 September Standard Tickets Member Tickets
Individual Ticket £35.00 £17.50
Duo Tickets
(2 Adults/1 Adult & 1 Child)
£70.00 £35.00
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)  £72.00 £52.50 (Adult/Child Standard Pricing)
Table (4 Adults) £140.00 £70.00
Private Compartment (Max 6, Adult or Child) £150.00 £75.00
Dogs £3.00 Free


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Discounted Tickets: 

  • Members (Standard, Life, Premier Life, Premier First & Shareholders)Tickets are available on both services, with a limited capacity. You must pre-book in advance. You will need to enter your Membership ID when booking. 
  • 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 Customer Service Team.
  • Discounted Tickets: Interrail/HRA - 50% (Adult), ATOC/RST - 75% (Adult/Child) can be booked via Customer Service Team.
  • Carer Tickets: These can be booked via the Customer Service team and you will be an 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. 

Contact [email protected] or telephone 01751 472508. Mon - Sun, 09:00 - 16:30.

Covid-19 Control measures in place at the NYMR

      • Advanced booking required. To help us maintain capacity we are asking all guests to book online in advance.
      • Passengers will travel on the same train and have the same seats on both the outward and return journeys.  
      • Enhanced cleaning regimes. 
      • Hand Sanitiser Stations will be provided for you to use. 
      • Contactless payments for all refreshment and retail purchases. 
      • We will be asking our guests to maintain social distancing whilst using our facilities.
      • Unfortunately, you will not be able to visit the following areas at this time: All Facilities at Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont. 

Passenger responsibilities

We ask for your cooperation and that you always follow Government advice and local mitigations at all times including:

      • Wear a face covering/mask whilst moving around the railway and on the train. These may be removed whilst seated in a compartment.
      • Wash Your Hands often and use the hand wash stations provided.
      • Avoid touching your face.
      • Observe social distancing. 

If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 we would ask you and members of your party or family group to not attend the railway. Please visit our Terms & Conditions

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date with any changes, either from the Government or from our own plans. We can't wait to get back to doing what we do best – operating Britain’s busiest heritage railway.

Occasionally, due to operational requirements, we may substitute a steam engine with a diesel locomotive.
Members (Standard, Life, Premier Life, Premier First & Shareholders): Receive 50% discount on the Standart Ticket Price. Tickets are available on both services, with a limited capacity. You must pre-book in advance. You will need to enter your Membership ID/ Shareholder number when booking. Premier First and Premier Life Members - Entitled to the 50% discounted member tickets. 100% discount only applies to normal services