Getting to and around Durham

On this page you will find lots of information about getting in and around Durham for LUMIERE. Please take the time to read through it as you may find the answer to your question here.

If you don't and you need further details about travel or any other part of LUMIERE, please call the festival information line on: 03000 26 26 26. Lines are open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm.

By rail

Durham train station is 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Trains run frequently to London (3 hours), Edinburgh (1 ½ hours), York (45 minutes), Birmingham (3 hours), Sheffield (2 hours), Darlington (16 minutes) and Newcastle (12 minutes). Tickets vary in price so it's best to book as far in advance as you can. To find out how to get to Durham by rail from where you live, visit

By bus or coach

There are many coach and bus links to Durham from local towns and from further afield. Parking will be busy, so save time and money and check out which bus is best for you. On the evenings of the festival, Arriva and Go North East will be running extra local bus services on some routes so that more people can get to LUMIERE by public transport.

For more information on times and ticket prices, visit Arriva's LUMIERE Durham page, Traveline North East Journey Planner or via the Go North East website Alternatively call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

Park and Rides

With so many extra people on the streets of Durham, there will inevitably be some disruption during the festival. From 17-20 November there will be no vehicle access to the peninsula from 5pm to midnight. Lose the stress by leaving your car at home - it's greener too!

If you need to drive, please do try to travel with friends and family so that your car is full and use the Park & Ride service. There will be extra Park & Ride services running during the festival. In addition to the usual Park & Ride sites at Belmont, Howlands and Sniperley, there will also be a Park & Walk facility for 900 cars at County Hall. The last buses will depart from the city centre at 10pm. You can find exact information at

Park and Ride locations:


Belmont Park and Ride: Belmont, Durham DH1 1SR
Route: Milburngate Bridge east side, Milburngate, County Hall, University Hospital.


Howlands Park and Ride: Howlands Farm, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ

Route: New Elvet, Milburngate Bridge east side, Milburngate, Leazes Road underpass, New Elvet.


Sniperley Park and Ride: Sniperley, Durham DH1 5RA
Route: University Hospital, County Hall, Milburngate, Claypath (Millennium Place).

Click to download a map of the Park and Ride routes.

For further information on the Park and Ride services please click here.

Car Parks

All city centre car parks will be open to the public. There will be additional free parking for 900 cars at County Hall (DH1 5UJ) from 5pm.  County Hall is close to the installations in Wharton Park.

Additional overflow parking will be situated at the DLI Museum, Aykley Heads
Durham DH1 5TU
. All on-street parking will be available as usual with the exception of Framwellgate Waterside.

Public car parking is available at a number of locations around the City including:

Prince Bishops Car Park
High Street Durham DH1 3UJ

0191 375 0416
Open 24 hours. Charges apply between Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm: £2.00 - 2 hours, £3.20 - 4 hours, £6.00 - 6 hours, £11.00 - maximum, £1.50 overnight.
400 spaces. Level 1 reserved for badge holders.

Riverside & The Gates Car Parks
The Gates, Durham, DH1 4SL | 0191 384 3951
Open 7am-10pm. 0-2 hours: £1.60, 2-3 hours: £2.20, 3-6 hours: £6.00, 6-12 hours: £12.00.
230 spaces at each car park. Approx. 70 for family and disability badge holders.

SideGate Car Park
Sidegate, Durham, DH1 5SY | 0191 383 5551
Open 24 hours. Charges apply: £3 day, £1.20 evening
107 spaces. No disabled spaces.

Providence Row Car Park
Providence Row, Durham, DH1 1LH | Open 24 hours. Charges apply between Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm: £1.20 - 2 hours, £1.80 - 3 hours, £2.40 - 4 hours, £3.00 - 5 hours, £3.60 - 6 hours, £6.00 - maximum.
19 spaces. No disabled spaces.
Sands Car Park
Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SQ | 01913835551
Monday to Saturday 8.00am - 6.00pm
0-2 hours: £1.20, 2-3 hours: £1.80, 3-4 hours: £2.40, 4-5 hours: £3.00, 5-6 hours: £3.60, over 6 hours: £6.00. Sundays and evenings 6.00pm to 8.00am £1.20 per visit.
136 spaces, 2 disabled spaces.

Walkergate, Freeman's Place
Pay and Display, Multi-Storey | 01913845084
Open 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday. Charges apply: £1.00 - 1 hour, £1.50 - 2 hours, £1.50  - 2 hours, £2.50 - 4 hours, £4.00 - 6 hours, £9.00 - maximum.
498 spaces

Railway Station
North Road, Durham, DH1 4RB | 0845 121 2525
Open 24 hours. Disabled spaces available.
Mon-Sun. Charges apply: £1.50 - 1 hour, £3.00 - 2 hours, £4.50 - 4 hours, £6.00 - 7 hours, £11.00 - day.
239 spaces.

For more information please visit the Durham County Council website.


The taxi rank on North Road will be relocated to Framwellgate Waterside.  All other ranks are unaffected.

Road Closures

The peninsula will be closed to all traffic from 5pm until midnight Thursday - Sunday.  This means that Saddler Street, the Bailey, Silver Street, Elvet Bridge and Framwellgate Bridge will all be closed to residents and visitors by vehicular access.  Please make alternative arrangements. 

Prebends Bridge remains closed to traffic. North Road will be closed from 6pm until midnight. All other streets are unaffected.

Lift sharing

If you need a lift or if you have spare seats in your car and want to share travel costs or swap stories, why not try liftshare? liftshare is the largest car-share network in the UK, whose clients include the BBC, Tesco, Virgin and the Environment Agency. Visit liftshare for safety advice and to find out more. 

International travel

If you're travelling from further afield, why not take the train? There are 14 trains per day between London and Durham, and the interchange between Eurostar arrivals at London St Pancras and departure to Durham from London King's Cross is very easy!

If you're travelling by air, Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports are around 30 minutes drive from the city centre and have regular domestic and international flights. Visitors can get from Newcastle Airport to Durham by rail or metro, and there is a free Sky Express bus service that runs between Durham Tees Valley and Darlington, which also has good links to Durham.