Visit the Peak District by train and enjoy a great day out in beautiful countryside

Bus Services in the Peak District

One of the principal long distance bus routes through the Peak District National Park is the “TransPeak” service operated by High Peak Buses. This service runs from Derby Bus Station and serves the key towns of Belper, Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton. It therefore links the Derby-Matlock railway line with the Buxton-Manchester railway line, making a highly scenic journey by public transport possible from Derby to Manchester passing right through the heart of the national park.

Another principal service is the 271/272 from Sheffield through the Hope Valley to Castleton. This service runs hourly seven days a week and is operated mainly by First South Yorkshire plus a few journeys operated by Hulleys of Baslow. It is a convenient way for rail passengers to visit the delightful small town of Castleton (3 miles away) by alighting at Hope Station and using the bus stops on the main road at the bottom of the station drive. (If you are even more ambitious, it is possible to alight at Edale Station, walk over the top of Mam Tor and down in to Castleton, then catch the bus on to Hope Station ready for the train journey home.) From Dore & Totley Station (near Sheffield) on the Hope Valley Line there is a very good number 218 bus service to/from the lovely town of Bakewell. This bus route also serves Chatsworth House; arguably the finest country house and estate in Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. This service runs seven days a week and is operated by TM Travel. 

There is a wide network of bus services connecting the towns and villages of Derbyshire and the Peak District. Here are two great websites where you can find out more information:

A website maintained by Derbyshire County Council which includes bus route maps and timetables in pdf format which you can download and print off

Great value bus travel rover tickets

The Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket is a one day rover ticket valid on most bus and train services which run within Derbyshire. Your ticket is valid for all the journeys you make on the day you travel.

You can use your Derbyshire Wayfarer at any time, on any day of the week for journeys by bus. Journeys by train can be made at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday’s but not before 9.00am on Mondays to Fridays.

For more information about where you can use your Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket, and on which bus and train services, please visit the Derbyshire County Council website here >

Derbyshire Wayfarer ticket costs:

  • £13 for an adult (plus one child under 16)
  • £6.50 for a senior citizen (aged 60 or over), a child under 16 (a dog may travel in place of a child) or a holder of a Gold Card or other English National ConcessionaryTravel Scheme (ENCTS) pass
  • £23.50 for a group of up to two adults and up to three children (a dog may travel in place of a child).

Useful Information

East Midlands Railway

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

National Rail Enquiries

phone: 03457 48 49 50

Northern Trains

phone: 0800 200 6060

Peak Rail

Heritage steam railway

phone: 0800 200 6060


For bus and train journey planning

phone: 0871 200 2233

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