By plane

Travelling by plane

The Peak District and Derbyshire are within easy reach of three international airports. Hop on a train at the airport and you’ll be here within a couple of hours.

If you're coming to the Peak District and Derbyshire from further afield, there are three convenient international airports nearby, offering easy rail access into the area.

Manchester Airport
If you’re wondering how to get to the Peak District from Manchester Airport, there's a regular rail and tram service from the airport to Manchester city centre, where you can connect by rail into the area. The Hope Valley Line between Manchester and Sheffield (Northern Railway) gives direct access to spectacular Peak District scenery, with stations at Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford, Hope and Edale.
Manchester to Glossop line (Northern Railway). Glossop has the Dark Peak moorlands grandeur of Bleaklow and Kinder Scout nearby; from Padfield station one can set off on the Longdendale Trail.
Manchester to Buxton line (Northern Railway). From Buxton regular bus services will take you to villages and dales in the White Peak, or to explore the varied scenery of the Staffordshire Moorlands. You can also take bus service 199 from the airport to Buxton.

East Midlands Airport
From East Midlands Airport, there is a regular Skylink bus between the airport and Long Eaton Station, making the journey to and from Derby by rail is easy. There are regular services running between Derby Midland Station and Long Eaton daily, taking around 11 minutes. Once in Derby, you could take the Derwent Valley Line (East Midlands Railway) to Belper, Matlock and Cromford, from where regular bus services will take you to picturesque villages and dales in the White Peak, including the market town of Bakewell.

Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport has good rail links to the area via Birmingham Central Station. From here it takes roughly 40 mins to reach Derby, with onward services to Chesterfield and Sheffield.

By Ferry

The closest ferry ports to the Peak District and Derbyshire are Hull (to Rotterdam serving mainland Europe) and Liverpool (for Ireland and the Isle of Man). Onward travel to the area takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.

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