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Read up on all the essential info for Download Festival 2019 covering everything from tickets to travel and much more!

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Travel Info

BIG GREEN COACH

Save money, make friends and go green with our official travel partner Big Green Coach. Choose either coach travel only OR coach + festival ticket package.

They are operating Weekend services for all you campers out there. Choose from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday arrival options. All weekend coaches return for home on Monday.

If you’re just going in for one day to see your favourite acts then there is a DAY RETURN service too, so you can mosh until you drop and still get home at the end of the night. Forget leaving early for that last train or paying for expensive hotels!

They pick up in a mammoth 69 locations across the UK; there must be somewhere close to you!

DEPOSIT SCHEME AVAILABLE – Skint? No worries, Big Green Coach have got you covered. Use the deposit scheme to secure your ticket and your coach seat and pay the balance next year.

As our Official & Exclusive travel partner, Big Green Coach are the only authorised coach company to have full use of the Official Onsite Coach Park – no one gets you closer!

 

Where is Download?

Download happens on the sacred site that is Donington Park, next to East Midlands Airport. Donington Park lies where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet – the ley lines of ROCK!

Download has excellent connections by road, rail, bus and plane.

Please note: There will be no Pedestrian access to the Festival from Melbourne Lane

Car Share

Car sharing is a fun, easy, cheap and sustainable way to travel! If you’re travelling to the festival by car, sign up to Download Liftshare to offer your empty seats and get FREE access to our priority car park to get you closer to the action!

Looking for a lift?

Sign up to Download Liftshare to find your match and share the festival excitement.

Car

We have routes from North, South, East and West to get you to site. These will be used flexibly depending on traffic conditions at the time so make sure you follow the signs and not your sat nav.

There are roadworks near Donington Park and so we will be reacting to live traffic conditions and changing routes live and using contingencies so we can’t stress enough – follow the signage!

When leaving, please follow signs and use routes that avoid the busiest area which will be J23a of the M1.

We have two car parks on site – West ( Standard Campers) and South (Day & Weekend Arena no Camping Tickets) .

The WEST car park opens on Wednesday 12th June at 7am and is the Campers car park. All campers MUST park in this car park.

The SOUTH car park opens on Friday 14th June at 7am and is the non-camping car park. All non-camping ticket holders (day tickets and 3 day non camping) MUST park in this car park.

 

Car Park Passes

If you are driving to Download you’ll need to purchase a pass for parking.

One pass provides access to parking for one car for the duration of the event.

Standard Advance Purchase Car Park Pass: £21.00

On Day Car parking Pass: £25.00

(subject to change – this will be updated closer to the event)

CARBON BALANCING WITH ENERGY REVOLUTION

The main contributor of carbon emissions at festivals is travel, which accounts for 70% of a festival’s carbon footprint. That is why at Download Festival we are introducing carbon offsetting to our car and motorcycle parking prices. £1 of the cost of your parking pass will be donated to the charity Energy Revolution, who invest in renewable energy projects. Watch this Energy Revolution video to find out more.

In 2018 we balanced 1,024,194 travel miles with 100% of donations going to Solar for Schools, a project putting solar panels on school roofs across the UK.

Dropping off and picking up

There is an area inside the Transport Hub for dropping off and picking up festival goers. Follow the normal Download signs and then the signs for “Pick Up and Drop Off” when you get nearer the site.

Motorcycle

If you are bringing a motorcycle, you’ll need to purchase a pass for parking when you arrive at the festival. The bike park is located on the hard standing area in the West Car Park. One pass provides access to parking for one motorcycle for the duration of the event.

On Day Motorcycle Parking pass: £15.00

(subject to change – this will be updated closer to the event)

Shipping Details and Terms & Conditions:

If you have purchased a Car or Motorcycle parking pass in advance, you will be sent this with your event tickets no later than 7 days prior to the event. Parking passes are non-refundable. Parking passes cannot be exchanged for cash or resold.

Carbon Balancing with Energy Revolution

The main contributor of carbon emissions at festivals is travel, which accounts for 70% of a festival’s carbon footprint. That is why at Download Festival we are introducing carbon offsetting to our car and motorcycle parking prices. £1 of the cost of your parking pass will be donated to the charity Energy Revolution, who invest in renewable energy projects. Watch this video to find out more.  If you don’t want to travel by car, there are other forms of lower carbon to travel to the festival such as Big Green Coach or train with direct shuttle buses to the festival.

Internal Shuttle Bus

There is a shuttle bus service onsite running from the West Car Park to the campsite village and back at peak times

Timetable:

DAY

TIME

NO OF COACHES

Wednesday

8am-5pm

4

5pm-10pm

2

Thursday

8am-3pm

2

3pm-9pm

1

Friday

8am-8pm

2

Saturday

n/a

0

Sunday

9am-1pm

2

5pm-1am

2

Monday

7am-1pm

4

1pm-3pm

2

Train

The mainline railway stations are East Midlands Parkway and Derby both of which are served by regular festival transfer buses. First and last train times from these stations will be released closer to the festival.

 

By Shuttle Bus

Notts and Derby are running a shuttle bus service to and from East Midlands Parkway and Derby station to Download Festival.  Want to keep it simple? Notts and Derby offer a £25 ticket for any journeys on their route Wednesday through to Monday – perfect for day ticket holders and non-campers.

East Midlands Parkway to Download – travel time 20 minutes, return ticket £10

Wednesday & Thursday – Buses depart East Midlands Parkway every hour from 09:00 until 21:00.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – buses run from 09:00, and then hourly until 18:00 with buses from the site back to the station hourly until 23:00, and then every few minutes until 00:00.

Traveling from East Midlands Parkway on Monday the 11th of June? Make an early start and beat the queues with buses running at least every 30 minutes from 05:00 to 14:00.

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Derby Station (Prime Park Side) to Download – travel time 30 minutes, return ticket £10

Wednesday and Thursday – Buses depart Derby Station every 30 minutes between 08:30 to 23:30 with the last bus returning from the festival site at 00:00.

Friday – Travel from Derby Station every 20 minutes between 08:30 and 17:00, and then every 30 minutes until 22:00. Buses will be returning to Derby station from 22:30 every few minutes until Midnight.

Saturday and Sunday – Travel to Download Festival from Derby Station every 30 minutes between 08:30 and 22:00.  Buses will be returning to Derby station from 22:30 every few minutes until Midnight.

Looking for an early get away Monday morning? Buses run hourly from midnight Sunday evening until 04:00am, 04:30, 5:00 and then every few minutes until 14:00.

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Taxi

There is a taxi rank and drop off / pick up area inside the Transport Hub. Please use this area and do not get dropped off on the road as it is not safe to walk to site along the verges. There are no pavements and no lighting. There are “no stopping” orders in the vicinity of the site and so your cab is risking enforcement action by not using the Transport Hub.

Agreed taxi fares from nearby points will be included here once available.

Private Coach

If you bring your own coach, please email [email protected] with your name, email, vehicle size (number of seats) and a note of your arrival time and we will send you your routing information and directions.

By Minibus

Anyone coming by minibus should follow the signage for the car parks and park up in the normal car parks.

Campervan

Campervans should travel to site from the M1 Jct 23 and follow the signage.