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Save on airport coach travel as an international student

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).

Prices shown include your coachcard discount, your coachcard number will be required during the booking process

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Coach Travel from the Airport to Derby or Nottingham

Our partnership with the University of Derby makes travelling from the airport easy! Board your coach at London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick, Manchester Airport, or Birmingham Airport, and travel to the Derby Riverlights Bus Station or Nottingham Broad Marsh Bus Station for free between 30 August and 7 October 2024.

To be eligible for this offer, you must be a new University of Derby student starting a course in the 2024/25 academic year. Please note, there are limited vouchers for this offer, and they will be given out on a first-come first-served basis. Only one voucher code is permitted per student.

How to redeem this offer

You will need to email to request your voucher code from the University of Derby. Please include the following details in your email:

  • Your full name
  • Your student ID number (9-digit number e.g. 100123456)
  • The airport you are travelling from (Heathrow/Gatwick/Birmingham/Manchester)
  • Your end destination (Derby/Nottingham)
  • The date and time of the coach you expect to travel on
  • Subject title: ‘National Express Voucher Code’

Please note that it can take up to 5 working days to receive your voucher code.

  • Once you have received your voucher code (via email) from the University of Derby, you will be able to select your desired pick-up location, time, and date of travel using the above journey planner. You will need to leave plenty of time between when your flight lands and your coach's departure time. We recommend selecting the ‘Fully Flexible’ ticket so that you can make changes to your booking without incurring a fee.

  • To continue with your reservation, click 'Checkout as Guest' and complete the 'Your Details' section. If you add any 'Extras' at this stage (see details in the Terms and Conditions), they will be charged at the checkout.

  • Please note that the free transfer service applies to new University of Derby students only. If you are travelling with a partner, friend, or family members, you can buy additional tickets on the National Express website. Please read the Terms and Conditions; see below for more details.

If you wish to make any changes to your booking, you can contact us at National Express.

If you have any questions about the airport transfer or your arrival at the University of Derby, please contact and include your full name and student ID number (9-digit number e.g. 100123456) and use the subject title ‘National Express’.

Further information about travelling to the University can be found on the University of Derby website.

Terms & Conditions

  • Valid for travel between 30 August and 7 October 2024 for new University of Derby students starting a course in the 2024/25 academic year (one voucher code permitted per student).
  • Only valid for travel from Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Birmingham Airport, and Manchester Airport coach stations.
  • Your National Express ticket must be booked a minimum of three working days prior to travelling.
  • The National Express luggage allowance (free of charge and stored in the hold of the coach):
    • 1 large suitcase or rucksack, measuring no more than 75cm x 50cm x 32cm and weighing no more than 20kg.
    • Subject to availability only: instead of 1 large suitcase or rucksack, you may carry 2 medium suitcases, measuring no more than 70cm x 45cm x 30cm and weighing no more than 20kg in total.
  • Please note: Any extras, such as luggage or seat reservations, are not included in the University of Derby offer. If required, you will need to add these to the booking and pay for them by card on the payment screen.
  • Read the full National Express Terms and Conditions here.
  • All tickets are issued and all passengers are carried subject to National Express' General Conditions of Carriage.

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We're the UK's largest operator of scheduled coach services, so book today and enjoy...

  • a guaranteed seat
  • plenty of legroom
  • adjustable air-conditioning
  • a generous luggage allowance
  • free Wi-Fi and more!
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