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Free afternoon parking in Durham City's on-street pay and display bays will come to an end on Friday 31 March 2023 at 6.00pm and normal charges will apply from Saturday 1 April 2023. All council owned car parks will continue to offer free parking after 2.00pm. This does not include Durham City Park and Ride, Hardwick Park, Wharton Park and Riverside Park (South Ropery Lane, North Ropery Lane and the Donald Owen Clark car parks) and car parks that we do not own.

From Wednesday 25 January 2023, the bus stop on Claypath will be out of use. All passengers travelling on the PR1 bus to Belmont Park and Ride will need to board the bus at Leazes Road Underpass (Stand B). 

Belmont Park and Ride

Belmont Park and Ride site is located on the A690, approximately 300 metres east of Junction 62 of the A1.

Opening times and bus frequencies

Car parks are open from 7.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday.

Buses run every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday.

  • The bus leaves Belmont Park and Ride at 00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour. The first bus is at 7.00am and the last bus is at 6.30pm.
  • The bus leaves Sniperley Park and Ride at 06, 21, 36 and 51 minutes past the hour. The first bus is at 7.06am and the last bus is at 6.36pm. 

Our Park and Ride sites are closed on bank holidays.

Where do the buses go?

  • Belmont to Sniperley route stops at Millburngate Bridge, Wharton Park, County Hall and the University Hospital
  • Sniperley to Belmont route stops at the University Hospital, County Hall, Wharton Park and Leazes Road Underpass (Stand B)

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.

Under 16s are free if they're accompanied by an adult over 21. English bus 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 bus pass issued in County Durham.

You need to buy a ticket from the park and ride site. The ticket machine will take coins and cards (including contactless) but will not take notes.

You can also pay via contactless on our buses.

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.

Parking at the park and ride sites is free for all users, providing you intend to use the park and ride bus service.

Where is Belmont Park and Ride site?

Belmont, DH1 1SR - on the A690, approximately 300 metres east of Junction 62 of the A1.

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.

Coach parking

There are coach parking facilities at the Belmont Park and Ride site. See our Coach parking in Durham City page for more information.

Overnight motorhome and camper van parking

The cost is £5 per night for a maximum two consecutive nights stay (no return within three days). No pre-booking is available - payment must be made on arrival using Pay for parking. There is an additional service charge of 15p and an optional 15p text message for updates on when your session will expire.

Our opening hours are between 7.00pm and 7.00am daily (please note that the Park and Ride bus service does not operate on Sundays). Standard Park and Ride terms and conditions must be followed outside of these hours. Please note that there are no facilities for toilets or grey waste disposal. 

Travel safely

We are introducing a range of measures so that you can travel safely:

  • Handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser stations are available at each site.
  • Although not mandatory, we would encourage wearing of a face covering on our buses (unless you are exempt).
  • Our machines are cleaned regularly, but we ask you to pay by contactless where possible.
  • Our toilets are open and cleaned regularly.

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.

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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