Getting around in Derby

Whether on foot, bicycle or public transport, it is easy to get around England's most central city. Derby has an extensive bus network covering the city centre and suburbs. There are also plenty of options to explore the city on foot or a bike, including an extensive network of paths linking many of the city's main sights.

On Foot

Not only is walking a healthy choice, but it is also a great way to see many of Derby's historic sites, shops and other places of interest. Since Derby is largely flat and compact, getting from point A to point B is relatively simple and straightforward. This means much of the city centre is ideal for walking. You can get to almost any of Derby's main sites on foot. The city also uses QR codes to help visitors find their way in Derby when using their mobile devices. To find a walking route in the city, visit walkit.com.

By Bike

Derby has more than 100 kilometres of cycling routes. One of the city's best routes travels through the city centre and along the River Derwent. The route also passes by Darley Park and the historic Derby Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cycling routes also link the city centre with Elvaston Castle, Kedleston Hall and Calke Abbey.

Outside the city, cycling paths also meander through Derbyshire's stunning countryside. There are several trails within the nearby Peak District National Park, which can be accessed from Derby via the Subtrans National Cycle Network Route 68. Anyone who enjoys off-road biking will also appreciate the region's very own BMX track at Alvaston Park. To find maps of local cycling routes or for more information about biking in Derby, visit Cycle Derby.

By Bus

Arriva operates most local bus routes in Derby and the surrounding area. Trent Barton also connects areas outside the city centre. In addition to urban and suburban routes, Arriva and Trent Barton link Derby with the scenic Peak District. Both companies operate from Derby Bus Station on Morledge, the city's main bus terminal. The 24-bay station is located within walking distance of the city centre and the Westfield Centre. Regional and long distance services operated by National Express also arrive and depart from the Derby Bus Station.

There are a range of ticket options for visitors depending on how frequently you plan to use the bus and individual companies. One of the best options for visitors to Derby is a Spectrum Ticket, which is available for use on any bus in the city for one day. For more information about the city's bus network, visit the Derby City Bus Network Guide or the Derby Connected Journey Planner.

By Train

While using the train is not an option when getting around Derby, it is a convenient choice when visiting nearby communities. Direct services are available to and from Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield and Leeds, as well as London, Birmingham and other cities throughout the UK. If arriving in Derby on the train, there is a regular shuttle bus service connecting Derby Railway Station with the city centre and the Derby Bus Station. The rail station is also a short walk from the city centre.

By Car

If you decide to drive in Derby, the city has a range of affordable car parks throughout the city centre. Options include the Safest Car Park in the World at Bold Lane. Parking is also available near the Derby Coach Station.

There are two convenient Park and Ride options outside of the city centre at the Meteor Centre Retail Park and Pride Park. Park and Ride services operate Monday to Saturday, except on bank holidays. With Park and Ride, up to seven people can travel with a single ticket since charges are per car rather than per person.

If you aren't bringing your own car you can arrange to hire one locally for use during your stay.