Getting in to and around the city centre
Information updated on 31 March 2023.
🚌 Public Transport | 🚴 Cycling | 🚶♀️ Walking | 👩🦼 Mobility support | 🚗 Car Parking
Public Transport - travelling to the city centre 🚌
Choosing to use the bus, tram or train can be a quick and convenient way to get into the city centre. Plan ahead and use Travel South Yorkshire website to find the right service and ticket for you.
Planning ahead also means there may be a ‘better’ time to undertake your journey using public transport, particularly if you would like to travel at a quieter time. Local bus operators, such as First and Stagecoach, have capacity checkers on their apps so you can track where your bus is and see how many seats are available on your next service.
If you are planning on using your car to visit the city centre, have you considered incorporating public transport as part of your journey? There are eight Park and Ride sites outside Sheffield city centre that offer a convenient way to combine using your car and public transport. And, before you set off on your journey, why not see how much your journey will cost you using this handy little fuel price calculator.
If your journey means that you will use more than one bus operator, or you will also use the Supertram or even the train, you may want to have a look at multi-operator tickets that are provided by TravelMaster. Options include tickets for 1 day, 7 day and 28 day travel and there is also a 'Flexi-5' ticket which enables a holder to travel on five separate days in any one month.
From Tuesday 1 November 2022, a fare cap has been in operation on bus and tram journeys in South Yorkshire. Adult fares have been capped to a maximum £2 for any one-way ride on bus or tram anywhere in South Yorkshire. For anyone aged under 22, the cost is capped at 80p (when presenting a valid Zoom travel pass).
The £2 maximum single fare cap applies to bus journeys until 30 June 2023 and is expected to be extended to include Stagecoach Supertram train and tram train services for the same period.
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Sheffield Connect 🚌
Sheffield Connect, a dedicated city centre shuttle bus service, came into service on Monday 1st August 2022.
The service operates seven days a week and runs every 10 minutes. Stopping points include 📍 Sheffield Interchange 📍 Fitzalan Square 📍 West Street 📍 Rockingham Street 📍 The Moor Market and 📍 Paternoster Row (for Sheffield Station).
Many people can use the service for free, including holders of an English National Concessionary Pass or a young person's Zoom Travel Pass, but for anyone not having a valid ticket or Pass, the cost per trip is just £1.
Further information on Sheffield Connect, including timetable information and route details, can be found on the Travel South Yorkshire website.
There are a variety of cycling routes in and around the city centre and some really useful maps and tools are available on Sheffield City Council’s website to help you plan your next trip on two wheels. You can even find details on city centre bicycle parking facilities.
Sheffield also has a number of free to use Public Bicycle Pumps located around the city centre? They can be found in a number of handy locations and they're looked after by the team from Russell's Bicycle Shed.
There are big plans to improve the cycling infrastructure right across the city, including into the city centre, through the Connecting Sheffield project.
Choosing to walk more of our trips can be a great way to get around the city centre, whether it is to explore previously unvisited areas or just to get from A to B.
Did you know that Sheffield was voted the second most walkable city in the UK?
Mobility support 👩🦼
Sheffield BID’s Mobile Sheffield scheme provides pavement mobility scooters, manual wheelchairs and tri walkers for use in Sheffield city centre.
Whatever your age or walking ability, Mobile Sheffield has a range of reliable products to ensure people with walking difficulties or disabilities can access shops and local amenities.
No blue badge is needed. Equipment can be hired by anyone with mobility issues, whether this is due to age, disability or injury.
Contact Mobile Sheffield to see how they can help you.
Car Parking 🚗
Council and on-street | APCOA | Bank Park | Britannia | Euro Car Park | NCP | Q-Park
If you use the car to visit the city centre, then there are a number of options open to you.
Whilst you can use Parkopedia to find all your parking options, we have picked out some other ways to plan and pay for your parking.
Council and on-street 🚗
Sheffield City Council manage around 800 off-street spaces and a further 1,500 on-street spaces in the city centre. On-street parking charges are in operation between 8am and 8:30pm Monday to Sunday.
Visit the Council's website for details around on-street parking charges. A special evening rate (from 16:30 to 20:30) of £2 is in operation between Monday and Saturday.
Whilst parking machines continue to accept cash, you can also use chip and pin or go contactless. You can also PayByPhone, which provides a convenient way to pay for your parking when visiting the city centre.
APCOA Parking 🚗
APCOA operate three sites in and around the city centre including the 433-space facility at Atkinsons, Sheffield’s independent department store on The Moor which celebrates its 150th year of trading in 2022.
If you pre-book your parking using the APCOA website at Atkinsons, you can park for a full day for just £5 or for a full week for £20. Amongst the other options for car park customers, the site offers an evening rate of £0.50 per hour after 4pm Monday to Saturday and £0.50 per hour for parking at any time on Sundays.
And, with APCOA Connect, customers can pay for their parking by credit or debit card securely via mobile phone.
Bank Park 🚗
Since opening their first car park in Sheffield in 2013, Bank Park now operate over 30 car parks across Sheffield. Their ‘Park & Give’ scheme means that every car parked in a Bank Park car park contributes to local good causes.
Bank Park's Pennine Five Car Park, formerly the home of HSBC on Silver Street Head, offers 24 hour parking with parking for between 5-12 hours priced at £5.
Britannia Parking 🚗
Britannia Parking acquired the former NCP 668 space Arundel Gate car park in October 2021. The site offers parking 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Euro Car Park 🚗
Euro Car Parks' uncovered 91 space site on Matilda Street provides convenient access to a number of city centre destinations, including The Moor. This car park is also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
With around 2,500 spaces across seven NCP car parks in and around the city centre, NCP provide a number of options for visitors to the city centre.
NCP provide a ‘pre-book’ option at most of their Sheffield car parks. Simply select arrival and leaving dates and times to book a space online and this allows you to reserve a parking space and to save money when compared to paying for parking on the day.
NCP Solly Street
With over 550 spaces, NCP Solly Street is the perfect option for city centre visitors. Park for as little as £0.45 per hour.
Solly Street has recently launched its brand new pre-book product. Simply select arrival and departure dates and times, to reserve a parking space and save up to 50% when compared to pay-on-the-day prices. Book your space here.
You can also use the ParkPass App, designed to make parking quick and easy. Parking is paid for, automatically on exit, so there's no need to visit the pay machine for a ticket or to display a ticket in your car. The ParkPass App also provides exclusive offers including 10% off your first month’s parking.
There are over 3,200 car parking spaces across the six Q-Park sites in and around Sheffield city centre.
Q-Park partner with Sheffield Hospitals Charity to provide customers with 10% off pre-booked parking when using the code ‘SHC10’.
If you’re a business that has a number of people using their car to get to their workplace in the city centre, then Q-Park provide an employee parking platform to help reduce the cost of parking.
Finally, when you choose to pre-book your parking and combine it with the Q-Park Rewards App, you can unlock 10% cashback.
Parking deals linked to city centre attractions, venues and shops
📽️ The Light Sheffield and APCOA Eyre Street
The APCOA multi-storey car park on Eyre Street, conveniently located next to the Moor Market, offers parking for up to four hours for just £3 when visting The Light Sheffield. Better still, the offer is available seven days per week. Simply ask a member of The Light Sheffield team for details.
🖼️ Sheffield Museums and Q-Park
Visitors to Weston Park (using Q-Park Durham Road) can access savings of 25% and visitors to the Millennium Gallery (using Q-Park Charles Street) can access savings of 50% by asking a staff member for a voucher.
🎭 Sheffield Theatres and Q-Park Chales Street
Sheffield Theatres work in partnership with Q-Park to provide audience members wiht a discount off parking for both evening and matinee performances at Q-Park Charles Street car park on Arundel Gate.
Simply visit the Box Office or speak to a member of the Front of House Team to claim your one hour free parking voucher.
📽️ Showroom Cinema, The Workstation and Q-Park
Visitors receive a 50% discount when using Q-Park Charles Street, simply collect an exit voucher from the Box Office or The Workstation reception.
Sheffield city centre's Clean Air Zone and changes to access to Arundel Gate
Information correct at time of publishing.
Clean Air Zone
At the end of February 2023, Sheffield City Council introduced a 'class C chargeable zone' for the most polluting heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), light goods vehicles (LGVs), vans, buses, coaches and taxis that drive within the inner ring road and city centre. Private cars and motorbikes are not subject to the charge.
Further information is available from the Sheffield City Council website. You can also use this handy vehicle checker to see if your vehicle would be charged for entering the CAZ.
A bus gate has been introduced on Arundel Gate from Monday 20th March 2023 which aims to reduce the number of vehicles travelling along this stretch of road. The bus gate applies northbound only and restricts traffic from travelling beyond the Novotel Hotel access point, by the Millennium Gallery, when coming from the Furnival Gate direction. Only buses, taxis and other authorised vehicles are able to pass through the bus gate on Arundel Gate.