Peak District Travel & Transport

The transport system in and around the Peak District 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 the Peak District provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the city of Derby, the town of Buxton and a number of other towns and villages including Matlock, Belper, Chesterfield, Tideswell, Great Longstone, Monsal Head and Castleton.

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

Trains in the Peak District serve a number of routes across the Peak District county and to surrounding areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Derby Station has services to London St Pancreas station with a journey time of 1 hour 35 minutes. There are local services available to Chesterfield, Sheffield, Long Eaton, Beeston, Mansfield, Hucknall, Newstead, Worksop and further to Birmingham New Street, Cardiff Central, Darlington, Edinburgh, York and Durham.

The Hope Valley Line from Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield includes stops at a number of Peak District villages including Grindleford, Hathersage, Hope and Bamford.

The Derwent Valley Line from Derby to Matlock on the edge of the Peak District.

The Manchester to Buxton Line from Manchester Piccadilly offers services to the town of Buxton in the heart of the Peak District.

The Manchester to Glossop Line from Manchester Piccadilly to Glossop and Hadfield offers services to Glossop on the edge of the Peak District.

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

Other railway stations in Peak District include Bamford, Chinley, Dove Holes, Edale and Grindleford.

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 Peak District 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.

Peak District 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 the Peak District includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in the Peak District include Alsop Station, Burbage Bridge, Derbyshire Bridge, Derwent Overlook, Hollin Bank, Hook’s Car, Parsley Hay, Tissington and Torside.

For more information please see: Peak District Parking

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around towns and villages in the Peak District. 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 2 hours by car to Buxton. Ferry services are provided by P & O Ferries

There are services between Liverpool (from Birkenhead) and Belfast services are operated by Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries.

There are services between the Isle of Man and Liverpool & Birkenhead operated by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. From Liverpool it is approx 60 miles (1 hour 30 minutes by car) to Buxton in the Peak District.

Peak District is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Peak District from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Buxton is approx 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Bakewell and Matlock. Coach services are provided by National Express.

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

East Midlands Airport is located approx 50 miles from Buxton offering good access to the Peak District region. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Manchester Airport is located 45 minutes to 1 hour drive (27 miles) from Buxton via the M56, M60, A6 and A5004.

For more information on public transport in Peak District including information on public transport and timetables please see: Peak District Transport from the Peak District National Park Authority.

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