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Trains travelling from Exeter to Derby take approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes and will whisk you through the picturesque scenery of the west coast. Your journey will take you through cities and towns such as Bristol and Gloucester., as well as areas of natural beauty such as the Malvern Hills. When your journey is over, you will find yourself a mere stone’s throw away from Derby’s city centre, due to the convenient location of Derby Station.
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Travelling to Derby
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Last CrossCountry train - 18:27
Travelling from Exeter to Derby
A popular destination for visitors, Derby boasts a wide range of activities, shopping opportunities and landmarks to explore. The intu Derby mall is the primary port-of-call for shoppers and numerous attractions are scattered throughout the city, such as a large cinema, National Trust landmarks including Hardwick Hall and even escape rooms for anyone looking to give your brain a workout.
Are there direct trains from Exeter to Derby?
Yes, our CrossCountry services between Exeter and Derby are all direct with no need to make changes.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Exeter to Derby?
All the usual amenities are available on board CrossCountry’s trains from Exeter to Derby. A range of seating options are available, such as tables, areas for luggage storage and plugs for charging devices. For those seeking an extra level of comfort on their journey with amenities such as free WiFi, reclining seats and complimentary food and drink, why not consider upgrading to a First Class ticket?
Does Derby Station have step-free access?
Derby Station provides step-free access throughout the entire station. Those with special mobility requirements can make use of assistance to get to and from the platforms. The station also offers accessible ticket machines and ramps for train access are readily available.
How far is the city centre?
Only a short distance from Derby Station, Derby’s city centre is a 10-15-minute walk away. For those who prefer public transport, there are also regular buses running between the station and the central areas.
Does the station have family areas?
Derby Station has many facilities for families, including waiting rooms and baby changing facilities for visitors with young children. Refreshment facilities and shops are also available should you want to grab some food or drink before or after your journey.
For further information about Derby Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Derby
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Derby
There is a taxi rank outside of Derby Station should you require a taxi. Derby also has an extensive network of buses that can take you to nearby towns and villages as well as around the city itself. Conveniently, there are also buses connecting Derby to and from Derby Station.
Shopping in Derby
Derby’s shopping experience is a combination of traditional and modern. Derby’s reputation as a historic market town is reflected in its array of indoor, outdoor, farmers and night markets. This includes the Derby Market Hall, Britain’s first and oldest purpose-built market hall, as well as numerous street stalls offering a wide range of food and crafts. If you seek more contemporary shopping, the intu Derby shopping centre has a plethora of high street shops and 25 million visitors each year can’t be wrong! Many independent shops and hidden shopping gems can also be found in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, including vintage shops and boutiques.
Culture in Derby
There is an immersive culture to be found in Derby, with something for all to enjoy. History buffs will have fun exploring the Derby Silk Mill building that stands on the site of the world’s first silk factory, situated within the city centre. Exploring Derby is also a breeze for those with smartphones. It was the first UK city to introduce QR codes dotted around the city at significant locations, designed to give information on Derby’s heritage. The Cathedral Quarter is also home to a vibrant café culture, with a host of taste experiences from all around the world for you to enjoy.
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