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Free parking after 2.00pm in Durham County Council on street and off street car parks across the county from 1 April 2021 - no ticket needed.
Offer excludes car parks at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, Wharton Park Durham, or Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street (consisting of South Ropery Lane, North Ropery Lane and the Donald Owen Clark car parks).

Howlands Farm Park and Ride


Howlands Farm Park and Ride site is located less than one mile after joining A177 at the A167 / A177 roundabout.

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Due to Covid-19, our park and ride services will only be operating every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday.

The bus leaves the Park and Ride at 7, 22, 37 and 52 minutes past the hour. The first bus is at 7.07am and the last bus is at 6.37pm.

The bus leaves the magistrates court at 14, 29, 44 and 59 minutes past the hour. The first bus is at 7.14am and the last bus is at 6.44pm.

Opening times and bus frequencies

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

Buses run:

  • every 10 minutes at peak time (7.00am to 9.00am and 3.00pm to 5.00pm)
  • every 15 minutes off peak and Saturdays

Where do the buses go?

Howlands Farm stops at South Road, Church Street, New Elvet and Milbrungate Bridge.

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.

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.

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.

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 are the Park and Ride sites?

Howlands Farm, DH1 3DE -  less than one mile after joining A177 at the A167 / A177 roundabout.

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.

Travel safely

Our park and ride services at Belmont, Howlands and Sniperley have re-opened and will run regularly. Howlands park and ride service is operating with a revised route.

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

  • Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser station are available at each site.
  • You must wear a face covering on the bus (unless you are exempt) you may be challenged if you are not wearing a face covering. See our latest travel advice page for advice on face coverings.
  • Our machines will be cleaned regularly but we ask you to pay by contactless if possible.
  • The toilets will be 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