Nottinghamshire Travel & Transport

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

Local bus services in Nottinghamshire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the city of Nottingham and a number of other towns and villages in the county including Eastwood, Mansfield, Worksop, Retford, Newark-on-Trent, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Southwell and Hucknall.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Nottinghamshire Bus

Trains in Nottinghamshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Nottingham Station has services to London St Pancreas station with a journey time of 2 hours. There are local services available to Beeston, Mansfield, Hucknall, Newstead, Worksop and further to Leicester, Loughborough, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street, Lincoln, Sheffield and Leeds.

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

Other railway stations in Nottinghamshire include Beeston, Bingham, East Midlands Parkway, Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport 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 Nottinghamshire 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.

Nottinghamshire is connected to the road network via the M1, A1(M) and A1. London to the city of Nottingham by car via the M1 and A453 is a drive of approx 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A57, A60, A614, A617 and A6097.

Parking in Nottingham city centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in and around Nottingham city centre include Broadmarsh, Trinity Square, Fletcher Marsh, Curzon Street and Nottingham Arena.

There are Park & Ride schemes in operation in the City of Nottingham at various sites including Hucknall, Moor Bridge, Phoenix Park, Wilkinson Street and Cotgrave, where drivers can park in designated areas in the outskirts of the city centre and get a bus in to Nottingham city centre. For more information please see: Nottingham Parking

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.

The port of Hull is located 90 miles from Nottingham, there are regular ferry services between Hull and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. From Hull it is approx 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours by car to Nottingham. Ferry services are provided by P & O Ferries

Nottinghamshire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Nottinghamshire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Nottingham is approx 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Nottingham North, Ravenshead, Bingham, Retford, Warsop, Worksop and Newark-on-Trent. Coach services are provided by National Express.

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

East Midlands Airport is located approx 15 miles from Nottingham offering good access to the city and the Nottinghamshire region. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Birmingham Airport is located 1 hour drive (48 miles) from Nottingham via the M42, A42, A453 and A42.

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

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