For a relatively small city, Nottingham has an excellent public transport system that is comprised of tram and bus services, which makes it easy for visitors to the city to get around town.
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) runs most bus services in Nottingham with over 300 bus routes in the Nottingham area. Trent Barton also operates local and regional buses in Nottingham as well as regional services to nearby towns and cities.
Single tickets cost £2.50 (£1.50 for a short hop) and several good value travel passes are available that include a one-day bus pass (£4.70), which is good for one day of unlimited bus travel and the Robin Hood Day Ticket (£5.70), which is good for one day of unlimited bus, tram and train travel in the Nottingham area.
Nottingham Express Transit (NET) runs Nottingham’s trams. Trams depart from Station Street, near the train and bus stations, and stop at Lace Market, Old Market Square, Royal Centre and Nottingham Trent University in the city centre and run to park and ride car-parking areas in the suburbs.
One-way tram fares cost £2.70 for a standard single fare. Other options include an all-day tram pass that costs £4.70 and the Robin Hood day ticket £5.70, which also lets you travel on buses and trains in the Nottingham area.
The easiest option is to simply pay using a contactless payment card whenever you board a bus or tram. It is a similar system to contactless payment in London where the standard bus fare is charged to your card with a £5.60 daily cap.
Contactless won’t work on trains, although if you’re also travelling by train you can buy the Robin Hood Day Ticket which lets you hop on and off buses, trams and trains in the Nottingham area and costs £5.70 for one day of unlimited travel.