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
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:
|0191 386 0700
|0191 383 2043
|0191 372 2233