Nottingham City Centre
Nottingham City Centre Reviews
Useful tips for getting around Nottingham. May 04, 2011
Well, Nottingham City can sometimes feel like a big, daunting place for new-comers. Let me be the first to say that transportation in Nottingham is plentiful, but not reliable, and definitely flawed. So I suppose it's useful to know the pros and cons.
Firstly, buses. Buses in Nottingham and to the surrounding suburbs are run by NCT (Nottingham City Transport). Although these buses have timetables at the bus stops, and many of the buses go to the same places, the general rule is to just turn up and wait and one will be along shortly (but probably not when it's supposed to). Beware of NCT buses - they don't give change, as I have found out from experience! When you ask the driver for a ticket, he'll expect you to insert the right amount of change first and then he'll print it. So, make sure you keep change handy. The next big buses operator is Trent Barton, whose buses are much more modern, clean, but also late. These buses do give change, and I would always recommend trying to catch a Trent Barton bus over NCT.
Next, trams. Trams are good and bad. They come frequently, and they're reasonably priced. The things to beware of with trams are that they are always busy, and if you're commuting in the morning then i'd tell you to expect an uncomfortable standing-up journey to your destination. Another thing is the tickets: you can't simply buy tickets to your next stop, you have to buy day tickets - which if you're planning on using the trams a lot is great, but if not it might not seem worth it. These cost around £3.
The two main shopping centres in Nottingham are Broadmarsh and Victoria, which are walking distance away from each other, but at opposite ends of the city. If you choose to walk, you would pass through the many many shops we have in Nottingham (so, for shopping, this is great), but if you just want to get from A to B, then i'd recommend the CentreLink. This a not very well known FREE bus which runs every 10 mins from Victoria Bus Station to Broadmarsh Bus Station. The train station is then just a 5 minute walk from Broadmarsh Bus Station. I'd highly recommed this bus service - anyone can use it, and the drivers are really friendly.
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