Peak District Public Transport, Visiting and Getting Around.
The Peak District boasts extensive public transport links which mean that visitors do not have to bring cars to enjoy the area. There are a number of trains which cut across the Peak District from Sheffield and Manchester as well as extensive bus links.
There are a range of train connections to the Peak District from throughout the country, with trains usually heading to either Derby or Manchester prior to the Park itself. The Hope valley line connects Manchester with Sheffield and stops in a number of Peak District towns. These include Derwent, Hope and Edale Valleys. There is also a train from Manchester to Buxton as well as a train from Manchester to Glossop. Both of these trains stop at several minor stations within the park. Visitors can travel from Matlock and Buxton to the centre of the park by using one of the many bus connections available.
There are also a number of bus and coach services which connect the Peak District to the rest of the country. National express has a bus (service 440) which connects London with Manchester stopping in several Peak District towns and villages which include Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton. Another option for those on a budget is to get a cheaper connection to a major city surrounding the park, and then travel on from there to the interior. The Trans Peak bus service connects the cities of Manchester and Nottingham and runs through the centre of the park.
There are also a number of bus connections that can be found within the park. These link a number of the major towns and villages. A bus timetable for these routes is published in March and October, and can be found in the tourist information centres in the park. A book called Peak Connections is available which provides visitors with information regarding accessing the most popular tourist sites within the Peak District via public transport.