Getting to Whitby by car is easy, and very scenic! From the north, simply follow the A171 down from Guisborough, which takes you across the heather-clad North York Moors and gives you the most stunning views of the town and the sea as you descend the final few miles. If you’re already on the Yorkshire coast, take the A171 north from Scarborough.
From the South and West, you’ll probably be coming up the A64 from the direction of York. Take the A169 around Malton, drive through Pickering and continue the A169 over the spectacular North York Moors. Don't forget to stop to admire the views. A short detour into the moorland village of Goathland ("Aidensfield" in TV's Heartbeat) is well worthwhile. Soon after descending through the attractive village of Sleights (pronounced Slites) you'll join the A171 for the final couple of miles into the town.
Fortunately, unlike many of Britain's coastal towns, Whitby still retains its rail services. Northern Rail operate trains along the attractive Esk Valley line from Middlesbrough, where there are connections to the National Rail network.
Getting a bus couldn't be easier. The Coastliner runs regularly from Leeds and York with branches to Scarborough and Whitby. It's a great way to sit back and view "God's Own Country" and, in 2018, it won the title of the Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route.
The Ferry Ports of Hull and Newcastle are equidistant from Whitby. P&O Ferries operate services between Hull and Rotterdam in Holland or Zeebrugge in Belgium. If you're coming from Amsterdam, DFDS sail from there to Newcastle (Port of Tyne).