Getting around Nottingham

Nottingham is a fairly small city but we have sprawling suburbs and great places to visit outside of the city centre. 

The best way of getting around the city centre is by walking. Most streets are pedestrianised and don't provide access to cars which have to follow the 'one way' system around the city. Most roads in the immediate city centre only give access to taxis, trams and buses. But this is no problem because our city centre is very compact and everything is within walking distance! When you get to reception you can pick up a free Igloo map of the city centre and our staff will be happy to give you directions.

If you are travelling out of the city boundaries, or want to visit places such as Wollaton Hall, The University of Nottingham or other university campuses the best and cheapest means of travel is getting a bus.

Our main bus service is Nottingham City Transport (NCT). You can find all their bus routes and timetables on their website Their system is well organised with colour coded buses for similar routes and super helpful bus drivers. An all day bus ticket for use on any of their buses is £3.70 for the day or £2 for a single journey. You will need exact change as the bus drivers don't give any. If you download the NCT app on your smartphone you can get live timetables and even pay by card for a mobile ticket (just show the app to the driver), it's cheaper this way too, £3.50 for all day or £1.90 for single!

Most buses leave from Upper and Lower Parliament Street, Market Square or at the side of Victoria Centre. You can pick up NCT leaflets and maps at our receptions, but some useful bus routes and numbers are:

Orange line: 36 stops at the Derby Road entrance of Wollaton Hall and University Park. 34 heads directly into to The University of Nottingham University Park and also passes Jubilee Campus.

Pink line: 30 goes to front entrance of Wollaton Hall, it also stops by UoN Jubilee Campus. 

Lime and Purple lines: Lime 56/57/58/59 and Purple 89/88/87 go up Mansfield Road to Forest Recreation Ground (for Goose Fair, Bonfire Night and other major events), Sherwood and Arnold. The 89 will take you to Bestwood Country Park.

You can also get the tram! It stops in Market Square just a minute away from Igloo Hybrid. Depending which direction you get (North/South) it will take you to Forest Recreation Ground, Train Station, QMC Hosptial, The University of Nottingham (South Entrance) or the suburban areas of Clifton and Bulwell. Find out more about getting around on the tram HERE.

Taxis are easy to find in the city too. There are numerous black cabs that can be waved down. Or you can book with firms such as D&G Taxis (0115 9500500) who also do a great deal of a fixed fee airport journeys of £26. Other taxi options include Nottingham Cars (0115 9700700) and Trent Cars (0115 9505050). 

And finally if you want to visit Sherwood Forest, the best public transport option is The Sherwood Arrow. It goes from Victoria Centre bus station just a couple of mintues away from Igloo Annexe and Pods. Their £10 Family ticket can be used for 2 adults or 2 adults + 3 children. All the details can be found on their website.

Happy travels!