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Durham County Council

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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.

Improvement works to North Road, Durham start on Monday 3 October and will cause a small diversion to the park and ride bus route. Details of the diversion can be found at Road and footpath improvements and also on the North Road works start 3 October press release.

Where are the Park and Ride sites?

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

Park and Ride location map (PDF, 577kb)

When are they open?

Buses run every ten minutes from each site, Monday to Saturday between 7.00am and 7.00pm. Our Belmont site is currently staying open until 8pm on Thursdays to help people take advantage of the late night opening of many shops in the city. 

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.

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. 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.

If you use our park and ride service regularly, then you could save money 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?

Park and Ride route map (PDF, 394kb)

  • Belmont route (red on the map) stops at Milburngate Bridge east side, Milburngate, County Hall and the University Hospital.
  • Sniperley route (green on the map) stops at the University Hospital, County Hall, Milburngate, Claypath (Millennium Place).
  • Howlands 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 advertise on our park and ride buses page for more information.