Derby travel guide

Derby Tourism | Derby Guide

You're Going to Love Derby

With a population of 235,029, Derby is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. We recommend you stay at least 100 days in order to fully appreciate everything Derby has to offer.

Where to Eat in Derby

If you’re looking for affordable options, Carluccio's - Derby (West Mall, Intu) and The Distillery (3 Friar Gate) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse (1-6 Sadler Gate) and Silk Mill Derby (19 Full Street) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Derby.

When to visit Derby

Derby in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Derby in October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Derby


When flying to Derby, you’ll arrive at East Midlands Airport (EMA), which is located 14 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Derby from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 28h 30m.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Derby, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Derby to Dewsbury takes 0h 48m and costs around $45 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Liverpool, expect to pay about $28 for a 0h 55m trip. Located 15 km from the city centre, Derby Tutbury & Hatton is the busiest station in Derby. Another popular train station is Derby Willington, located 10 km from the centre.


Another option to get to Derby is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 183 km from Derby. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Hertz, among others, in London.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Derby, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Derby takes 72 km and will cost you around $7. From Leeds, the ticket costs about $16 for a journey of 113 km. The most popular bus station is Derby Riverlights Bus Station, located 0.4 km from the city centre of Derby. Derby Donnington Park is also a commonly used station, and is 13 km from the city centre.

Airports near Derby

Airlines serving Derby

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Where to stay in Derby

Average rates range from around $132 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $200 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Derby

Most booked hotels in Derby

Leonardo Hotel Derby
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
Days Inn by Wyndham Donington A50
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
Travelodge Derby Pride Park
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
Derby Mickleover Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
The Stuart Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Good (6.4, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Derby

Expect to pay $2.94 per litre in Derby (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $35.23 and $46.98. Mini (Toyota iQ or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Derby, while also 83% cheaper than other types, on average.