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City Travel in Durham

City Travel in Durham From rowing boats to mountain bikes, there are many different ways to get around Durham. So don’t just sit idle during your stay in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, read our guide to the best ways of travelling around and then get on your way.

There is a good bus service linking the city to the surrounding rural areas and nearby towns, such as Chester-le-Street and Bishop Auckland, so if you fancy seeing what the rest of County Durham has to offer, there is bound to be a bus going that way.

The main bus terminus is the Durham Bus and Coach Station [map] on North Road, right in the heart of the city centre and close to the train station, but there are also plenty of other bus stops around central Durham. For more information on the city’s bus service call Traveline on 0870 608 2608.

Durham is also cycling friendly with much of the city and its surrounding area suitable for bike riding. To rent a mountain bike you could go to Cycle Force 2000 [map], which offers half-day and full-day hire.

As well as the city centre routes, there are a number of cycling routes that go off into the countryside, including the Pity Me to Plawsworth path [map] along the A167.

For those who want to take a very different approach to seeing the sights of Durham, why not opt for a hour-long River Cruise, which departs from Elvet Bridge [map] and takes you along the River Wear aboard the Prince Bishop. For more information, telephone 0191 386 9525.

If you’re feeling energetic you could always hire a rowing boat from Browns Boathouse below Elvet Bridge and explore the River Wear yourself. For more details on this attraction, telephone 0191 386 3779.

Of course the best way to see Durham is on foot as the city is relatively small and easy to explore, but if you would rather save your energy for shopping then opt for the door-to-door service of a taxi.

Taxis are very easy to find, especially in the busy shopping area, with taxi ranks at Market Place [map] and the train and bus stations. All of Durham’s major cab firms operate 24 hours a day.

For those who opt to take their own car into the city centre please be aware than Durham operates a congestion charge scheme on the main road that gives access to Market Place, the cathedral and castle. The charge is £2 per car and is payable on exit from the area between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Saturday. Entrance and exit from the area is free at all other times.

Selected taxi companies in the city centre area:
Pratt’s Taxis 0191 386 0700
Access Taxis 0191 383 2043
Durham Taxis 0191 372 2233


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