Riverside Festival Buses

3 weeks ago Thu 21st Jul 2022

The East Midlands’ biggest free summer festival will be back on Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August.

The festival traditionally features a wide range of fun for all ages. Music is, as ever a big part of the festival with three massive live music stages. There will be a whole mile of fairground rides, games and attractions along the banks of the Trent plus numerous street food and drink vendors, a Riverside market and all kinds of river based activities from dragon boat racing to the annual duck race.

One of the most popular elements of the festival is the fireworks display.  The 10-minute display, which sees crowds of up to 40,000 lining the Trent to watch, will now take place on both nights – Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm.

Buses from the City Centre:

From the City Centre, use Green Line 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 from Parliament Street (opposite Victoria Centre), Angel Row or outside the Railway Station on Carrington Street. 

The stop to get off the bus is called Trent Bridge, Victoria Embankment.  

Plan your journey to Riverside Festival here.

Buses from Riverside Festival:

Buses return back to the City Centre from the Trent Bridge end of Victoria Embankment. 

On Saturday night, we'll be providing an enhanced service back in to the City Centre after the fireworks display has taken place.

In the City Centre, buses drop off at the Railway Station, Lace Market, Victoria Centre and Angel Row.


If you have an Easyrider, Robin Hood or concessionary card, these are valid to/from Riverside Festival, including on the enhanced service.

If you're paying on the day, use your contactless card or device for cash free travel or pay with the NCTX Buses app.

  Single Day How to Pay with Contactless
Adult £2.40 £4.40 Tap your contactless card on the reader as you board each bus, no ticket issued
Under 19 £1.30 £2.50 Ask driver for ticket before presenting contactless card/device to reader
Grouprider* - £6.00 Ask driver for Grouprider before presenting contactless card/device to reader

You can also pay with cash, but remember NCT operates an exact fare policy, so no change is available from the driver.

* Covers up to 5 people. Minimum 1 adult, maximum 2 adults.