You can get to most parts of the Peak District by bus. Some services run daily, hourly or better ... other services may be less frequent or weekends and holiday periods only.
The Peak District bus map shows most routes in and around the area. We have put together a list of bus routes across the Peak District that offer a sustainable way of accessing the many attractions, towns, villages and open landscapes of the National Park whilst sitting back and enjoying the scenery. (Timetables for bus services that are not listed below can be found here.)
Sheffield – Baslow – Bakewell – Chatsworth
Take service 218 from Sheffield to access historic Chatsworth, the famous market town of Bakewell, or the eastern moors and edges for a walk in the fresh air. Bus passengers can get discounted entry to Chatsworth house and garden. Roughly hourly every day.
Matlock – Rowsley – Chatsworth
Take service 217 from Matlock to access historic Chatsworth. Bus passengers can get discounted entry to Chatsworth house and garden. Roughly hourly, Monday to Saturday only.
Sheffield – Hathersage – Bradwell – Castleton
Service 271/272 links Sheffield with the scenic Hope Valley, terminating at the well-known village of Castleton with its many shops, cafes and attractions. There's lots to see and do along the way too, as the bus travels across Sheffield Moor, down through the village of Hathersage which nestles below the famous climbing crags of Stanage Edge. From here it continues through Bamford and Hope, allowing access to some excellent walking and the scenic Derwent Valley. Roughly hourly every day.
Derby – Matlock – Bakewell – Ashford in the Water – Buxton
The Trans-Peak (TP) service connects Derby and Buxton through the heart of the Peak District. TransPeak calls at Peak District attractions en-route including Caudwells Mill Craft Centre, Haddon Hall, the bustling Market town of Bakewell and the villages of Ashford in the Water, Taddington and Chelmorton, for walks in the Limestone landscape of the White Peak. The 6.1 follows a similar route between Derby and Bakewell. Roughly hourly every day.
Sheffield – Eyam – Tideswell – Buxton
Service 65 travels daily between Sheffield and Buxton, stopping off at Longshaw County Park (NT), Eyam (historic plague village), Foolow, Tideswell, and the Millers Dale visitor centre for access to the Monsal Trail. There's a great variety of scenery and villages to be seen on this route, along with pubs, shops and attractions, and the chance to enjoy many scenic walks, from open moors to quiet dales, along the way.
Chesterfield – Baslow – Bakewell
Service 170 is a long-established and well-used service linking the market towns of Chesterfield and Bakewell. It operates hourly throughout the day on weekdays, weekends and bank holidays, and allows access to Chatsworth House and Farmshop along the route, along with the shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants of Baslow.
Buxton – Hartington – Ashbourne
Service 442 has to be one of the most scenic bus routes in the Peak District, meandering through hills, dales, villages and hamlets of the White Peak between the Spa town of Buxton and the historic market town of Ashbourne. This trusty little bus takes in a number of well-known attractions along its route, including Hulme End for access to the Manifold Trail, Hartington and the beautiful village of Tissington with its grand Hall, and access to the Tissington Trail. It is well worth a ride. Monday to Saturday only.
Buxton – Macclesfield
Service 58 travels daily between Buxton and Macclesfield, over the famous Cat & Fiddle road, from where you can access the stunning scenery of the Western Peak District, much of which overlooks the Cheshire Plain. Hop off and go for a walk in Macclesfield Forest, across the moors, or down to Derbyshire Bridge and the beautiful Goyt Valley.
Derbyshire Connect (Ashbourne & Wirksworth)
This is a bookable service for residents and visitors alike, serving Ashbourne, Wirksworth and the surrounding villages. There's no fixed timetable and routes - days of travel and pick up times are mapped once bookings have been made. Its a fully accessible vehicle, plus there's room for bikes. Charges vary and you will be advised of the fare when booking.
The service runs 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 7pm Saturday . No Sunday or bank holiday service. Booking line: 01335 342951 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) book between seven days and two hours before travel; for journeys on Saturday, bookings must be made by 4pm Friday. For further details go here