The Peak District National Park enjoys an extensive public transport network, enabling you to have a full day out exploring the area without using the car. Getting to the Peak District couldn't be easier by train or bus, and regular services link many of the area's most popular destinations.
Getting here by train
The cities neighbouring the Peak District all have regular intercity rail services from destinations across the country. From these cities, it's easy to make onward journeys into the Peak District by train. You can catch:
- The Hope Valley Line between Manchester and Sheffield passes through the Peak District, stopping at villages in the beautiful Derwent, Hope and Edale valleys (Northern Railway)
- To the south is the Derwent Valley Line from Derby to Matlock, where the Derbyshire Dales meet the National Park (East Midlands Trains)
- To the west is the Manchester to Glossop line and the Manchester to Buxton line, for access to Dark Peak moors and White Peak dales (Northern Railway)
- To the north is the Manchester to Huddersfield line, stopping on the way at Greenfield and Marsden for access to Dove Stones, the Wessenden Valley and the open moors (TransPennine Express)
For information on train times and fares on all these routes, you can call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950, or visit their website at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
From Matlock and Buxton, regular bus services will take you into the heart of the Peak District. PLUSBUS adds bus travel to your train ticket... see details here.
Getting here by bus or coach
You can get to the Peak District by coach. National Express service 441 runs daily from London to Manchester, calling at the market town of Bakewell in the centre of the Peak District. For further information go to National Express
Or you can travel from other parts of the UK to towns and cities around the edge of the Peak District, from where onward local bus or rail connections are available. For coach routes go to National Express or Megabus
From Derby or Buxton you could catch the TransPeak bus service, which runs right through the heart of the Peak District, calling at Rowsley, Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Ashford in the Water, Taddington, Chelmorton, and all bus stops between.
You can get to most parts of the Peak District by bus. Some services run daily, hourly or better, whilst other services may be less frequent. For full information about bus routes and timetables within the Peak District and surrounding areas, visit www.derbysbus.info.
For more information visit our Bus Routes page.
Getting here by bicycle
The Peak District offers plenty of opportunities to travel by bicycle and benefits from a significant and expanding traffic-free cycle network. There are currently traffic free routes from:
- Ashbourne and Cromford towards Buxton (The Tissington and High Peak Trail)
- Bakewell towards Buxton (The Monsal Trail)
- Waterhouses (Staffordshire) to Hulme End (The Manifold Valley Trail)
Visit our Trails section for more information.
Getting here by plane
If you're coming to the Peak District from further afield, there are two convenient international airports locally. From Manchester Airport a regular rail service runs to Manchester city centre, from where you can connect by rail into the Peak District. Alternatively, take bus service 199 from the airport to Buxton.
Further south, it's easy to get to the Peak District from East Midlands Airport. A regular bus service runs from East Midlands Airport to Derby from where you can get to the Peak District by train or bus.