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Read up on all the essential info for Download Festival 2018 covering everything from tickets to travel and much more!

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Travel Info

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.

Big Green Coach

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

Big Green Coach is the official and exclusive coach partner for the UK’s best rock festival and this is their 6th year bringing thousands of you in through those festival gates! Choose from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday arrival options.

They pick up in a mammoth 74 locations across the UK; there must be somewhere close to you!

Return coach travel to Download from: Aberdeen, Barnsley, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Bridgend, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Crawley, Darlington, Dartford (Bluewater), Doncaster, Dundee, Dunfermline, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Fareham, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hamilton, Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Liverpool, Llandudno, London Victoria, Luton, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newport, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Rhyl, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Southampton, Southend, Stockport, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Swindon, Taunton, Wakefield, Warrington, Wigan, Worcester and York.

All coaches return for home on Monday.

Price freeze – most seats are the same price as 2017 AND 2016!

Coach and ticket travel package details here.

Deposit schemes are also available.

Coach Travel only

Guarantee your coach seat now for only £10 and you can pay off the balance at a later date.

Ticket and Coach Travel Package

Guarantee yourself a ticket and return coach travel for only £50 and pay the balance off in instalments.


Car sharing will not only help you save money by sharing the costs but it will also reduce the amount of traffic on the roads, helping the environment.  Last year 5906 miles were saved, equating to 1.16 tonnes of CO2.

We are working with Liftshare with a community of 5700 Download fans – visit DOWNLOAD LIFTSHARE to find drivers offering spaces in their car or festival goers who need a lift.

Liftshare have been awarded the TrustSeal, which confirms they run on good practice principles with clear safety guidelines and take appropriate steps to verity the identity of their users. For more info on safety click here.

Parking 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)

Car Parking

Car parking tickets will be available for purchase on our Tickets Page.

Minibuses that wish to use the car park must purchase the same ticket. Parking tickets are cheaper in advance and will save you time and money on the day.

We have two car parks onsite – South and West. You’ll be guided to which car park to use depending on which direction you travel from and at what time.

Motorcycle parking

If you are bringing a motorcycle, you’ll need to purchase a pass for parking. 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.

Standard Advance Purchase Motorcycle Parking pass: £11.00

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.

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.

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.