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Guide to Public Transport in Durham

Apr 26, 2022
Durham Transport

Found along the banks of the River Wear, Durham is a charming city in the North East of England, close to Newcastle, Sunderland and the spectacular North Pennines. If you’re travelling from one of these cities and are wondering how to get around in Durham, we’ve included some of the public transport in Durham you can take advantage of.

By car

Getting around in Durham by car is easy, and the best option if you want to be flexible and independent. But as in any other city the hassle is the same: parking. Most of Durham central Downtown streets have parking meters.

By bus

There are three public ride schemes serving Durham, spread along key routes into the city at Belmont, Sniperley and Howlands. Buses run every 10 minutes. To make the most of your time in the city, the Cathedral Bus is a service dedicated to three of the Durham's main routes, linking the train station, coach park and marketplace with the World Heritage Sites of Durham’s Castle and Cathedral. Tickets for the Cathedral Bus only cost £1 per person and are valid all day, from Monday to Saturday.

By bike

Durham is a very eco-friendly city, which is why riding a bike is one of the most common means of transport. No problem if you don’t own a bike. You can rent or share one from pretty much everywhere. With the River Wear winding its way through the city centre, exploring Durham by bike is scenic and offers some of the best views of its UNESCO sites and lively marketplace.

By taxi

Thanks to a huge refurbishment in 2008, Durham’s train station is well-equipped with taxi rank outside, comfortable to get around the city if you just arrived. The main taxi operator is Phoenix Taxis, with over 30 years' experience in the Noth East.