Derbyshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Derbyshire offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire and coaches.

Local bus services in Derbyshire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the city of Derby and local towns including Buxton, Matlock, Belper, Swadlincote, Alfreton and Chesterfield. Local bus services are provided by a number of bus operators including Trent Barton and Arriva Buses

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Derbyshire Buses

Trains in Derbyshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Derby Station is on the West Coast mainline and has services to London St Pancreas International station with a journey time of approx 1 hour and 50 minutes. From Derby station there are also services to Leicester, Loughborough, Sheffield, Durham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds and Cardiff.

Train services are provided by a number of train operators including East Midlands Trains; Cross Country Trains and Northern Rail

Other railway stations in Derbyshire include Buxton for the famous spa town of Buxton and Matlock.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport in London go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Derbyshire that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Derbyshire is connected to the road network via the M1 motorway, with London to Derby by car via the M1 junction 25 and the A52 is a drive of approx 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A6, A38 and A50.

Drivers should be aware there are some winding, narrow and steep roads in Derbyshire and the Peak District and the roads around popular tourist attractions and towns can get busy especially during the peak tourist season.

Parking in Derby city centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in Derby city centre are located at Chapel Street, Bold Lane, Abbey Street and Darwin Place, there is street parking available including on Bridge Street and St Helen’s Street.

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the city and town centres. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

Derbyshire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Derby from London Victoria coach station, the journey time from London to Derby is between 3 to 4 hours depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London Victoria coach station to Buxton in Derbyshire. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Whilst travelling by coach to Derbyshire is usually more time consuming than using rail and road, it is usually more cost effective.

East Midlands Airport is located approx 30 minutes drive (15 miles) from Derby, the airport caters for a number of local, regional and international flights.

The Derby Skylink bus offers services between East Midlands and Derby every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on public transport in Derbyshire including information on public transport and timetables please see: Derbyshire Transport from Derbyshire County Council.

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