Trains to Derby

Cheap Trains to Derby

"Gloriously sited at the southeastern edge of the Derbyshire hills that roll towards the Peak District, Derby is one of the Midlands' most energetic, creative cities." Lonely Planet

Lying on the banks of the River Derwent, Derby is one of the most energetic and creative cities in the UK. The city suffered the consequences of the industrial decline that took place in the eighties, but it has bounced back, thanks to its remarkable cultural developments and a renewed riverfront.

Tip 1: Get cheaper fares by planning ahead
Get deals on your online train tickets to Derby by buying as early as possible. Advance tickets are available from 12 before the departure date but demand for them is high so we'd recommend buying as quickly as possible. It is possible to purchase advance tickets up to 1 hr before your train is departing, though they may already be sold out.

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Tip 3: Get compensation if your train is delayed
Use the Delay Repay scheme if you don't get to your destination on time, even if your journey is only delayed by 15 minutes you might be eligible for a refund. Check the delay policy on the website of the railway company you are traveling with and claim your compensation from them.

Tip 4: Avoid busier routes
The price of railway tickets is mainly based on demand so the busier the route the more expensive your fare will be. If you stick to quieter lines at off-peak times you could make the best savings.

Derby is on the Midland mainline, with regular trains coming from London St. Pancras and Sheffield. It is about a five-minute walk from both the city centre and the local bus terminal.

The city is compact, which makes it easy for pedestrians to navigate. You can start at the Derby Market Hall, a historic market that houses a mix of modern and traditional stalls, completed in 1866 the building features impressive Victorian architecture. From the market hall, you can head to the Arboretum, known for being England’s first public park; this picturesque park is located near the city centre and features a vast collection of trees.

Tip 5: Save money and book together
When traveling with between 3-9 people you can get a groupsave discount by booking as a group and going on the same off-peak train. This discount gets you 1/3 off your journey costs and is automatically applied at checkout. If you chooseto receive E-Tickets you can then send them to your group rather than passing on loads of paper tickets.

Tip 6: Look at the price of 2 singles
When you are traveling to and from Derby you might be tempted to book a return fare, however this might not provide the best saving. Two single fares can sometimes be cheaper, when using Split My Fare we search for the least expensive option for you.

Derby is home to several museums. The Silk Mill, formerly known as the Derby Industrial Museum, was Britain’s first factory and is part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another museum, the Derby Museum, and Art Gallery features an outstanding collection of porcelain products that have been manufactured in this city since 1750.

Tip 7: Standard fares aren't always the cheapest
When travelling by train to Derby you would expect that standard fares are the lowest in price but this is not always the case. You can travel in style with bigger seats and free food and drinks if you look at this first-class option when they are in low demand, sometimes a good deal can be found at a similar price or even cheaper than a standard ticket.

The Pickford’s House Museum, featuring recreated Georgian rooms is well worth visiting. You can also go to Derby Cathedral, although it might not be the most spectacular of English Cathedrals, it’s known for its impressive 16th-century tower that you can climb up for a view of the city. Another church that’s well worth a visit is the St. Mary’s Chapel in Bridge Gate, this 14th-century bridge chapel is among the oldest surviving buildings in the city.

Tip 8: Railcards help make you savings
Regular travelers on the railway can save every time travel by using railcards, even if you only travel by rail a few times a year. There are different cards available s and they all offer you free entry to attractions and other money off deals. Most railcards cost £30 per year and get you 1/3 off your tickets.

The family & friends railcard gives 1/3 of adult fares and children get 60% off when up to 4 Adults and 4 Children are travelling.

Senior railcards for over 60's can be bought for 3-years for just £70, while disabled passengers can purchase a card for just £20 a year. There are other Railcards on sale including the 16-25 and 26-30 railcards and network railcard.

Further information on these cards is on the railcard website and you can also purchase railcards at any National Rail Office.

Main stations in Derby

  • Derby
  • Creswell

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Derby?

You can get to Derby in just under 90 minutes from London, with trains running regularly from St Pancras.

What is Derby famous for?

Derby is famous for its Bakewell Pudding, as well as Derby Arboretum, the world's first public park.