Getting to Derby

Map of Derby City

Getting to Derby

Derby is the UK's most central city, which means it is easy to visit and experience the history and heritage, culture and shopping.  We are easily accessible whether you are travelling by car, train, plane or bus.

By Car

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Derby is just 15 minutes from the M1 junction 24 and accessible via the A6, A50, A38 and A52.

Derby also benefits from a great range of low cost car parks including the Safest Car Park in the World at Bold Lane, DE1 3NT.

By Bus

The Coronavirus pandemic is an almost unprecedented situation in the UK and is having an enormous impact on every aspect of our lives, including public transport.

To ensure the continued health and well-being of our employees and customers, it is with regret that from Monday 30th March, all passenger facilities at Derby Bus Station will be closed until further notice.

All local service buses will be relocated on-street as below:



Street Location

High Peak



Trent Barton

C4 Full Street



Trent Barton

Corporation Street – outside the Council House



1 / 1A




C1 Morledge

Ilkeston Flyer

Red Arrow

Trent Barton

C8 Morledge


Sapphire 38



Morledge disabled parking area

20 / 24 / 22 / 20


Albert Street – outside Uncle Toms

Mickleover Blue and Green

Trent Barton

Outside the Council House


Trent Barton



Trent Barton


You are encouraged to check timetables directly with the bus operator before travelling, as we do expect that services will be reduced over the coming days.  Trent barton have already announced reduced service timetables.

National Express Coaches operate daily to Derby from all four corners of the UK.

Trent Barton and Arriva operate services from the Derby Bus Station around the city and into the Peak District. 

By Train


On Monday 23rd March, East Midlands Railway, in partnership with the rest of the UK rail industry, will introduce a reduced timetable. 
This will come into effect from the start of service and remain in place indefinitely.
East Midlands Railway’s timetable will see a significant reduction in service frequency but, in partnership with our neighbouring train operators, will ensure all stations and lines of route remain open. It will also protect morning and evening commuting periods.
The service level will deliver more than enough seats to meet the current demand levels and the timetable will be kept under regular review to react to any further developments.
Downloadable timetables will be available on the EMR website later today and online journey planners will reflect the reduced timetable on Sunday.
In the meantime, we have produced a short summary of how your route will be affected below:
EMR Intercity
1 Train Per Hour to and from Sheffield, calling at:
•         Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Long Eaton, East Midlands Parkway, Loughborough, Leicester & London St Pancras International
1 Train Per Hour to and from Nottingham, calling at:
•         Nottingham, Beeston, Loughborough, Leicester, Market Harborough, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, Luton Airport Parkway & London St Pancras International
1 Hourly shuttle service between Corby and Kettering to connect with Midland Main Line services.
Note: Calling patterns may differ during AM and PM peak periods.
EMR Regional
There will be a general reduction in frequency across EMR Regional services.
Liverpool-Norwich will only operate between Sheffield and Norwich. Passengers travelling between Sheffield and Liverpool can travel on neighbouring train operators.
Services on Derby to Crewe, Nottingham to Skegness, the Robin Hood Line and east of Nottingham will start slightly later and finish slightly earlier than normal. However, typical morning and evening peak periods will be protected. These lines are operated by legacy signalling and the curtailed working day is to give the best possible chance for our partners at Network Rail to continue to operate the signalling systems.

Derby is only 93 minutes from London St Pancras with 35 direct services everyday with East Midlands Railway. Journeys take less than 30 minutes if you are travelling from nearby Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham. Call us on 03457 125 678. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For trips to Derby and Derbyshire you can also purchase a Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket, providing unlimited rail and bus journeys within the county and other selected destinations. You can purchase tickets from the Sales and Information Centre on Full Street in Derby city centre.

By Aeroplane

Coronavirus advice for travellers

Information about East Midlands Airport’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

East Midlands Airport connects you to Derby from over 80 destinations worldwide. 

Train connections are available from East Midlands Parkway via a Railink shuttle service or the Skylink bus operates every 30 mins 24/7 from just outside the terminal. 

Alternatively, there is a wide range of car rental options based at the airport as well as an onsite private taxi service.  

Visit East Midlands Airport for further detail and a full list of destinations.

Download the Derby City Map

Getting Around Derby


Derby was the UK's first to introduce QR codes, where visitors can tour the city and learn about Derby with their mobile phones. These codes are situated on signs throughout the city, giving information on Derby's rich history and heritage as well as nearby places of interest.


There are over 100km of cycle routes in Derby, with even more available in Derbyshire. With the addition of the National BMX track at Alvaston Park as well as the new Velodrome at Derby Arena, Derby is cycle central. Visit our Cycling in Derby page for more details.

Visit the Cycle Derby website for more information and routes.

Information relating to Coronavirus.

Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in line with the latest government advice regarding social distancing, venues and attractions are currently closed and events cancelled or postponed. We will be constantly updating the website and will keep people informed of any changes via social media. We urge visitors to follow Public Health England Guidance regarding Coronavirus.