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Travel from the capital of Scotland to the heart of England in comfort with CrossCountry. The journey takes around 4 hours and 30 minutes, taking you on a whistle stop tour of the country with some truly spectacular views from your train window. You can look out over the North Sea, the rolling hills of the Yorkshire moors, and many of the country’s most beautiful historic towns along the way.
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Travelling to Derby
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Travelling from Edinburgh to Derby
For a small city Derby packs a pretty big punch. There’s much to do here from visiting museums and art galleries to shopping and everything in between. Whether you want to be watching the football or spending time outdoors with the kids, there’s something for everyone in Derby.
Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Derby?
Yes, it is easy to travel from Edinburgh to Derby with a direct CrossCountry train.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Edinburgh to Derby?
Our trains run regularly, and you can find the same standard of comfort as you would expect from any CrossCountry train; plenty of seating options, ample luggage storage space and electric points for charging your devices as standard. Should you choose, a trolley service of light refreshments is also available. For the next level of comfort, why not upgrade to First Class?
Does Derby station have step-free access?
Derby Station is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Step-free access is available throughout, and ramps for train access can also be used if required. Accessible ticket machines are also available.
How far is the city centre?
Derby Station is located just a short walk from the main attractions and shopping areas of Derby.
Does the station have family areas?
At Derby Station you will be able to find baby changing facilities, as well as a waiting room which is perfect for family use.
For further information about Derby Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Derby
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Derby
Derby is well connected by an extensive local bus service to the surrounding areas, making this a popular choice for those visiting the region. However, if you prefer to travel by cab, a taxi rank is available adjacent to the station.
Shopping in Derby
Those looking to shop until they drop have come to the right place if they find themselves in Derby. At intu Derby there are over 160 stores to explore, and independents jostle for position with big name brands so it’s easy to see why a quarter of a million visitors flock to their doors every year. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, we recommend the Cathedral Quarter, where you can find many unique independent shops, as well as cafés and bars where you can rest your tired feet!
Culture in Derby
When it comes to culture in Derby, there’s something for everyone. There is a choice of local theatres with an eclectic program of dramatic productions and comedy shows, or if you’re looking for a completely different experience, why not consider heading to the escape room for a really interactive day out. The city also boasts a plethora of traditional pubs and amazing restaurants featuring cuisine from all over the world, making it the perfect place to find some of your favourites or try something completely different.
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