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

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

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

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

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.