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Durham City Park and Ride

Durham City is currently served by two Park and Ride sites on the key routes into the city. These are situated at Belmont and Sniperley. Howlands is currently operating as a car park only from which you can walk into the city centre.


Our park and ride services at Belmont and Sniperley have re-opened and will run regularly. Howlands is currently operating as a car park only from which you can walk into Durham City. 

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) and will be refused access if you are not wearing one.
  • Our drivers will wear face masks.
  • There will be a maximum of eight passengers per bus - you will be advised by the driver and posters about where to sit.
  • Our machines will be cleaned regularly but we ask you to pay by contactless if possible.
  • The toilets will be open and cleaned regularly.

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Where are the Park and Ride sites?

  • Belmont, DH1 1SR - on the A690, approximately 300 metres east of Junction 62 of the A1.
  • Sniperley, DH1 5RA - approximately 400 metres north of the A167/A690 junction

Howlands Farm, DH1 3TQ, is currently operating as a car park only from which you can walk into the city centre.

Durham Park and Ride locations

Opening times and bus frequencies

Car parks are open 7.00am to 7.00pm.

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

How much does it cost?

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.

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.

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

Where do the buses go?

  • Belmont to Sniperley route stops at Milburngate Bridge east side, Milburngate, County Hall and the University Hospital.
  • Sniperley to Belmont route stops at the University Hospital, County Hall, Milburngate, Claypath (Millennium Place).

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 coach parking facilities at the Belmont Park and Ride site. 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.

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Safer Parking Award

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  • 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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