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Durham City Park and Ride


Durham City is served by three Park and Ride sites on the key routes into the city. These are situated at Belmont, Sniperley and Howlands. A direct bus service runs every 10 minutes to the city centre from each site.

Where are the Park and Ride sites?

  • Belmont, DH1 1SR
  • Howlands Farm, DH1 3TQ
  • Sniperley, DH1 5RA

Icon for pdf Park and Ride location map (PDF, 577.1kb)

When are they open?

Buses run every ten minutes from each site, Monday to Saturday between 7.00am and 7.00pm. 

The service doesn't operate on Sundays or bank holidays. See a more detailed timetable on our public transport map and timetable finder on our bus timetable information page.

Christmas and New Year 2018-19 Operating Hours

Monday 24 December: 7.00am - 7.00pm
Tuesday 25 December: CLOSED
Wednesday 26 December: CLOSED
Thursday 27 December: 7.00am - 7.00pm
Friday 28 December: 7.00am - 7.00pm
Saturday 29 December: 7.00am - 7.00pm
Sunday 30 December:  CLOSED
Monday 31 December: 7.00am - 7.00pm
Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED

The Park and Ride service will be operating as normal at all other times, i.e. Monday - Saturday, 7.00am - 7.00pm.

How much does it cost?

For only £2 per person, you can park until 7.00pm, get unlimited travel on the park and ride buses for the day and even use the Cathedral Bus for free.

Under 16s are free if they're accompanied by an adult over 21. English concessionary pass holders travel for free after 9.30am, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday. Before 9.30am on weekdays, there's a 50p charge for customers using a concessionary pass issued in County Durham.

If you use our park and ride service regularly, then you could save money, and pay only £1.70, with a POP Pay As You Go smartcard.

Be aware that parking at the sites is only for people using the park and ride buses. The sites close at 7.00pm and cars cannot be left overnight. Breaking these rules may result in you receiving a parking ticket.

Where do the buses go?

Icon for pdf Park and Ride route map (PDF, 394.5kb)

  • Belmont to Sniperley route (red on the map) stops at Milburngate Bridge east side, Milburngate, County Hall and the University Hospital.
  • Sniperley to Belmont route (green on the map) stops at the University Hospital, County Hall, Milburngate, Claypath (Millennium Place).
  • Howlands Circular route (blue on the map) stops at New Elvet, Milburngate Bridge east side, Milburngate, Leazes Road underpass, New Elvet. 

What facilities are there?

Dogs are allowed on our buses as long as they are on a lead.

Our secure parking sites are fully covered by CCTV as well as regularly patrolled by security. You can also leave your details with the site operator and we'll contact you if there's any problem with your car, such as the lights being left on.

There are no coach parking facilities at the Park and Ride sites, however, there is a designated park at The Sands coach park in Durham city centre. See our Durham City car parks page for more information.

Advertise with us

With buses running 12 hours a day, in and out of a bustling city, advertising on our park and ride buses can really boost your business. See our Park and Ride advertising page for more information.

Safer parking award

All of our park and ride car parks have achieved Park Mark, the Safer Parking Award. This means that they have been assessed by the police and have measures in place to deter criminal activity, creating a safer environment for both you and your vehicle.

Safer Parking Award

In partnership with

  • Safer Parking Award
Contact us
Durham City Park and Ride
0191 374 1702
Our address is:
  • Belmont Park and Ride
  • Belmont
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 1SR
0191 374 1698
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