Regional Routes


Liverpool to Norwich via Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Grantham, Peterborough and Ely

We connect Norwich to Liverpool with hourly services via Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham.

Advance ticket prices for popular journeys on this route:

  • Liverpool to Manchester from £8.00 return
  • Sheffield to Nottingham from £9.60 return
  • Manchester to Sheffield from £11.00 return

Use our Best Fare Finder now to help you find the cheapest Advance tickets available.

Ivanhoe Line and Castle Line

Leicester to Cleethropes via Nottingham and Lincoln

The Ivanhoe Line connects the university town of Loughborough to the city of Leicester. 2016 marks the 175th anniversary of the first passenger service on the line.

Our improvement programme on the Castle Line between Nottingham to Newark Castle and Lincoln is complete, with more trains, seats and benefits to stations.

The North Staffordshire Line

Derby to Crewe via Stoke-On-Trent

Passing through three of the UK’s most scenic counties, the North Staffordshire Line is your starting point to a host of major cities and holiday destinations.

View the North Staffordshire Line Guide
Find out about the line’s Community Rail partnership

Derwent Valley Line

Matlock to Newark Castle via Derby and Nottingham

The Derwent Valley Line travels through the picturesque and historic landscape between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock. We run an hourly train service between Matlock and Nottingham, via Belper and Derby.

On Monday to Saturday, trains from Matlock arrive in Derby in time to meet our Derby to London services. Find out more about the line with this handy guide.

The Derwent Valley Line offers fantastic opportunities for educational school trips to 18 great attractions at discounted group rates. Find out more.

Find out more about the line’s Community Rail partnership

Derbyshire Dales – Peak Rail

Rowsley South, Darley Dale and Matlock

With the recent introduction of through ticketing from any Network Rail station through to Peak Rail* stations at Darley Dale and Rowsley South, travel to the Derbyshire Dales could not be easier.

Using Derby as the hub, you can now change onto the hourly Nottingham to Matlock service, for a pleasant journey along the Derwent Valley World Heritage area and by a simple cross of the footbridge at Matlock, change onto Peak Rail services which gives close access to the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and its historic houses and countryside.

Visit the Peak Rail website for timetable information and events
*Peak Rail services from Matlock operate on weekends and selected weekday dates only. 

Poacher Line

Nottingham to Skegness via Grantham

From city to coast, the Poacher Line connects Nottingham to Skegness via Grantham, providing an essential train service linking East Lincolnshire to the rest of the UK rail network.

Find out more about the Poacher Line

Robin Hood Line

Nottingham to Worksop via Mansfield

The Robin Hood Line train service runs from Nottingham to Worksop via Mansfield Monday to Saturday and from Nottingham to Mansfield on Sundays.

Take advantage of our special train ticket along the Robin Hood line - travel between Nottingham and Mansfield Woodhouse: adult day return tickets are £3 and child tickets only £1.50 on Sunday's only.

View and download timetables for all routes

Ranger and Rover Tickets

We have a number of Ranger and Rover tickets available for unlimited travel within a specific region including:

See more information about these tickets and which routes they cover – buy tickets at your nearest station. 

Unmanned stations and penalty fares

Some local stations are small, unmanned stations, without ticket offices, or ticket machines.  When travelling from these stations you are able to buy the full range of tickets for your journey on the train – they are not part of the Penalty Fares scheme. 

More about Penalty Fares