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. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 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.

When to visit Derby

Derby in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Derby in August
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 9 miles from the city center. The shortest flight to Derby from the United States departs from New York and takes around 12h 50m.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Derby, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Derby to Liverpool takes 0h 37m and costs around $5 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Leeds, expect to pay about $20 for a 1h 15m trip. Located 9 miles from the city center, Derby Tutbury & Hatton is the busiest station in Derby. Another popular train station is Derby Willington, located 6 miles from the center.


Another option to get to Derby is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 114 miles from Derby. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Easirent, among others, in London.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Derby, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Derby takes 45 miles and will cost you around $8. From Leeds, the ticket costs about $7 for a journey of 50 miles. The most popular bus station is Derby Riverlights Bus Station, located 0.2 miles from downtown Derby. Derby Donnington Park is also a commonly used station, and is 8 miles from the city center.

Airports near Derby

Airlines serving Derby

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
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Turkish Airlines
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British Airways
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Austrian Airlines
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Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in Derby

Average rates range from around $97 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $141 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Derby

Most booked hotels in Derby

Holiday Inn Express Burton Upon Trent
Excellent (8.2, 1170 reviews)
Ibis Budget Derby
Good (7.9, 1951 reviews)
ibis budget Burton Upon Trent Centre
Excellent (9, 8 reviews)
Jurys Inn Derby
Good (7.8, 4448 reviews)
The Priest House On The River
Good (7.8, 1275 reviews)
The Lion Hotel
Good (7.8, 1075 reviews)
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Renting a car in Derby

Renting a car in Derby costs $38 per day, on average, or $115 if you want to rent if for 3 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 12% cheaper than airport locations in Derby.

Expect to pay $6.93 per gallon in Derby (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $83.13 and $110.84. The most frequently booked car type in Derby is Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Class Mini Car or similar) are, on average, 62% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.