A quintessentially British seaside resort, Scarborough sits on the North Yorkshire coast, just beyond the North York Moors National Park. It’s easy to reach by train from anywhere in the UK, with direct services from major Yorkshire cities like Leeds and York, as well as Manchester on the other side of the Pennines. It’s even possible to reach Scarborough from London in a little over three hours.
Scarborough Railway Station, the town’s only major train station, is conveniently located less than 15 minutes’ walk from the beachfront. The station is surrounded by stores, cafes, and restaurants. It’s also a well-known starting point for The Cleveland Way, a popular hiking trail across northern England. Both local and long-distance bus services depart from outside the railway station.
Most trains to Scarborough are offered by First Transpennine Express, which offers an hourly direct service from Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, and York. Trains from other UK cities like Birmingham and Bradford require just one change, often in York. Trains from Birmingham may also be provided by Cross Country. Trains from London to Scarborough are indirect services departing from London Kings Cross. These services, requiring one change, are provided by London North Eastern Railway and Grand Central Trains.
Scarborough benefits from a stunning location at the edge of the North York Moors. A train journey is the best way to take in the area’s natural beauty, whether arriving from the north or the south. Regular trains depart from all major UK cities, including popular tourist destinations like York, as well as other seaside resorts in the area, including Whitby and Filey. Thanks to the relatively short journey time, Scarborough also makes for an ideal escape from London.
Scarborough may have a beautiful beach, but there’s more fun to be had out on the water. Lessons in surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking are available from a wide variety of providers. After an ocean adventure, the best option for dinner is always the British classic, fish and chips. This part of the Yorkshire coast is famous across the country for its fish and chips, with Scarborough always in fierce competition with neighboring Whitby over who can provide the best fish supper.