Whilst being described as being geographically situated in the East Midlands region Derby is in a fairly central area of mainland England and Wales.

Due to this central location Derby is ideally placed to access a vast number of towns and cities across the UK via its local road network.

From Derby City the A50 runs west to Stoke-on-Trent which can be reached in around 35 miles, the A38 runs south to Birmingham in around 40 miles, the A52 east to Nottingham in around 15 miles and the M1 motorway is also located towards the east and can be accessed via junctions 24 and 25, continuing south to Leicester in around 30 miles and north to Sheffield around 45 miles.

Manchester Map + Key

The beside map details a 30 to 45 minute drivetime from central Derby at Peak Travel Times, click on the map to see a higher resolution of the same.


The UK’s road system consists of motorways (M1, M2, etc), main A roads, lesser B roads and a network of rural and suburban roads. In general they are well maintained, clearly signed and easy to use. Apart from a small number of toll roads and bridges, their use is free. Some routes, however, can get very congested, particularly around the major towns and cities at commuting times and along the motorways during holiday periods. Allow plenty of time for your journey.

Please note the UK is one of only a limited number of countries in the world where we drive on the left

UK Road Familiarisation

It may be a good idea to have a couple of lessons to familiarise yourself with driving in the UK before taking to the open road.

Most driving schools will offer this service, some of the more commonly known driving instructor schools in the UK are The AA, The RAC and BSM.

For more information on Driving in the UK please visit the Moving to the UK section of this guide.