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Derby’s cobbled Cathedral Quarter and old textile mills offer historical interest, but the real magic happens a few miles north of the city, in the stunning Peak District. Hire a car to explore its ancient villages and stately homes, and a landscape of hills, forests, valleys and heather-draped moors.

If you’re flying into Derby, your arrival point is most likely to be East Midlands Airport (EMA), 22km (14 miles) to the south-east. Picking up a cheap hire car at the airport means you can be in central Derby within 25 minutes, traffic allowing.

There are several rental companies to choose from at the airport, including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz, and booking offices are handily located in the Arrivals area within the terminal building. Each of the operators is open seven days a week throughout 2022, although opening and closing times vary.

For more information or to make a booking, you can contact the following hire car companies:

  • Avis/Budget (Tel: 03445 446 005)
  • Enterprise (Tel: 01332 812 828)
  • Europcar (Tel: 01332 853 679)
  • Hertz (Tel: 01332 853 552)

Once you’ve picked up your hire car from outside the terminal, turn left out of the airport and join the A50 (Derby Southern Bypass). Follow the A6, then the A52 to reach the city centre – you'll see signs to Derby all along the route.

You also have the option of taking the train to Derby then picking up a hire car in the city. Booking offices can be found at Racecourse Park in the north, Pride Park in the east and Pear Tree in the south, among other locations.

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