We will be in York during late September. One thing we wish to do is to take the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby, spend a few hours in Whitby and then take the bus back to York. (It would be during the week, so am looking at weekday schedules.)
It appears that this would be our itinerary -
#840 bus from York train station to Pickering (The 9:40 AM would appear to get us into Pickering at 11:05 AM) -
The Yorkshire Coast Express leaves from Pickering at 12:00, arriving in Whitby at 13:35 -
There are buses back from Whitby to York train station at 16:40 and 17:50 (but I don't really understand about this "X40" business in relation to the 17:50 bus). As nice as I am sure that Whitby is, we really would want to be able to get back to York (and our accommodation) to spend the night, so am thinking that the 17:50 bus would be our last direct chance (as opposed to having to transfer at some point).
Have I understood this correctly? Is there other bus service than the 840 that we should be looking at? Also, do we just pay the bus driver when we get on, and is it exact fare?