Tickets and Railcards

There are a range of fare options available for different journeys and many ways to buy your ticket.

Off-Peak Tickets

For local journeys, Off-Peak Day Returns, bought on the day of travel, are the standard ticket, with children aged 5-15 travelling at half the adult fare.  Off-peak Single and Returns are valid after 0859 Monday to Friday and anytime at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Anytime tickets apply on weekdays before 0900, which cost a little bit more than Off-Peak tickets.

Group tickets and railcard discounts may be available for many passengers.

Off-Peak & Anytime Tickets

Hop On & Off at Stations on the Way

Day Return and Groupsave tickets between any two stations on the Derwent Valley Line (Nottingham – Derby – Matlock) allow you to hop on and off at intermediate stations on both your outward and return journeys.

If you break your journey at an intermediate station you must then resume your journey in the same direction to your destination.  For example, with a day return between Derby and Matlock, you could stop off at Belper and then Whatstandwell en route to Matlock and, on your return to Derby, stop off at Cromford and then Ambergate.

Derbyshire Wayfarer

Derbyshire Wayfarer day rover tickets are valid on most bus and rail services in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Tickets are valid for rail travel after 0900 Monday to Friday and anytime at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Derbyshire Wayfarer can be purchased at Derby, Long Eaton and other staffed stations and Tourist Information Centres in the Derbyshire area, and on most local bus services. Wayfarer cannot be purchased on the train or from ticket machines.

Derbyshire Wayfarer

More ticket options

Groupsave

Groups of three or more travelling together can save 34% off adult fares with up to four children travelling for just £1 each.

Groupsave is available for local off peak travel, tickets can be purchased at staffed stations or from the conductor on the train.

Groupsave

Groups of 10 or more

Larger groups travelling together can save up to 26% on standard rail fares.  Ideal for School and College Groups, with the Derwent Valley Line giving access to many great attractions providing educational visits for schools and colleges.  Better still for group fares the child rate is extended for 5 to 17 year olds on local journeys. See our School Trips by Train page for more information.

Groups of 10 or more

Derbyshire b_line

Derbyshire b_line travel card for young people aged 11 to 19, living in Derbyshire.

Provides cheaper rail tickets on journeys starting and finishing in Derbyshire and on direct trains to some places over the county border.

Derbyshire b_line

National Railcards

National Railcards offer a 1/3 or more off rail fares for many people. There are a range of railcards including for young people, seniors, disabled persons, family and friends and two travelling together.

National Railcards

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway discounted tickets are available from anywhere on the national rail network to Wirksworth via Duffield.

Ecclesbourne Railway Ticket

Peak Rail

Peak Rail discounted tickets are available from anywhere on the national rail network to Rowsley via Matlock.

Peak Rail Ticket

Season Tickets

Season Tickets

Season tickets are a great option for frequent travellers if you’re making the same journey at least three or four times a week. Valid on all train routes, between any two stations, they can be used on any day within the ticket’s validity period.

Weekly season tickets typically offer savings of 15-20% compared to buying 5 anytime day returns and monthly tickets about 25% compared to buying 22 anytime day returns.

See how much you can save by using the Season Ticket Calculator

Season Ticket Calculator

Flexi Season Ticket

The new, national, Flexi Season ticket is designed to match modern working habits and provide passengers with greater savings on travel.

  • A flexible ticket offering 8 days of travel in 28 days
  • Unlimited all-day travel between two named stations
  • Available for most routes nationally
  • Save money vs Standard Anytime Day Returns
  • 100% paperless, available on Smartcard
Flexi Season Ticket

Explore More By Bus

Local bus services offer the opportunity to explore even further from many stations along the Derwent Valley Line.

Here are some great journey ideas:

  • From Beeston town centre catch the frequent 36 to Wollaton Hall.
  • In Belper, jump aboard the 6.2 or 6.3 to discover Heage Windmill.
  • Book a ride from Cromford Station with Derbyshire Connect and explore Dovedale or visit Tissington Hall or Carsington Water.
  • Explore further from Matlock into the Peak District National Park:
    • visit Bakewell or Haddon Hall on 6.1 or Transpeak;
    • catch the 217 to Chatsworth house and gardens or
    • discover Stanton Moor and Robin Hood’s Stride on bus 172.

Details of many buses providing onward travel are in the station pages.

36 to Wollaton Hall 6.2/6.3 to Heage Derbyshire Connect 6.1 to Bakewell Transpeak 217 to Chatsworth Explore on Bus 172

Your Scenic Journey on the Derwent Valley Line

Your journey begins through the open landscape of the Trent Valley between Nottingham and Derby, with great views across the wetlands of Attenborough Nature Reserve. Shortly after departing from Derby, views of riverside meadows appear around Duffield and Belper before gradually turning to steeper sided ancient woodlands, hugging the hillsides.

After numerous crossings of the River Derwent, a panoramic vista welcomes passengers into Cromford with fine views across Cromford Meadows towards Cromford Canal, Cromford Mills and Willersley Castle. At Matlock Bath, the Victorians were left in awe by the sheer cliffs of High Tor, from beneath which your train emerges out of the tunnel and into Matlock.

Visit our Scenic Rail Britain page and discover other scenic railways to explore.

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