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. And in the summer months you can try out the new hop on, hop off Hope Valley Explorer with its audio commentary and highly scenic route.
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 (Northern Railway) gives direct access to spectacular Peak District scenery, with stations at Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford, Hope and Edale.
- To the south is the Derwent Valley Line from Derby to Matlock (East Midlands Railway), from where regular bus services will take you to picturesque villages and dales in the White Peak, including the market town of Bakewell.
- To the west is the Manchester to Glossop line (Northern Railway). Glossop has the Dark Peak moorlands grandeur of Bleaklow and Kinder Scout nearby; from Padfield station one can set off on the Longdendale Trail.
- Also to the west is the Manchester to Buxton line (Northern Railway). From Buxton regular bus services will take you to villages and dales in the White Peak, or to explore the varied scenery of the Staffordshire Moorlands.
- To the north is the Manchester to Huddersfield line (TransPennine Express), stopping on the way at Greenfield and Marsden for access to Dove Stones and the Wessenden Moors.
To learn more, take a look at these short Community Rail Partnership videos about the Derwent Valley, Hope Valley, Glossop and Buxton rail lines. For details of station to station guided walks explore the Transpeak Walks website.
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.
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Getting here by bus or coach
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 more information visit our Peak District Bus Routes page.
From Derby or Buxton you could catch the TransPeak bus service, which runs through wonderful scenery in the heart of the Peak District, calling at Rowsley, Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Ashford in the Water, Taddington, Chelmorton, and all bus stops between.
For full information about bus routes and timetables within the Peak District and surrounding areas, visit www.derbysbus.info.
National Express and Megabus operate express coach routes from many cities around the UK, linking with destinations around the edge of the Peak District, from where onward local bus or rail connections are available.
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 of trails, including:
- Ashbourne and Cromford towards Buxton (The Tissington and High Peak Trail)
- Bakewell towards Buxton (The Monsal Trail)
- Waterhouses 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.
- 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.