The University of Derby Conference Service provides a guide to travelling to Derby.
Within the UK
For those coming by road from elsewhere in the UK, directions can be found here. Derby also has good direct rail connections to London (from St. Pancras station) and on CrossCountry routes to Birmingham, the South and South-West (e.g. Oxford, Bristol), and to Yorkshire and the North.
Reaching Derby from abroad
The closest airport to Derby is East Midlands (EMA). There is a direct bus link (£8 return) to Derby which takes around 30 minutes with the Skylink service.
There are a few direct flights to European cities including; Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest, Rome (Ciampino), Warsaw (Chopin). Most are operated by newer "low-cost" carriers. The full list of destinations can be found here but this includes seasonal routes (for ski or beach!)
Another convenient airport is Birmingham (BHX). Travel to Derby by train (£20 return) takes around 1 hour, with a change of train in Birmingham city centre (New Street station).
Birmingham has more regular flights with "full service" airlines, including to the important hubs of Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris, amongst others. The direct service to/from Geneva with Easyjet appears to still be operating in April too!
Other options, for those travelling from further afield, are the London airports (e.g. LHR), Luton (LTN) and Manchester (MAN) which serve a wider range of international destinations. However one should factor in the travel times with public transport of 3 hours (LHR) or 2 hours (MAN & LTN) and associated costs, £100+ (rail, return LHR), £46 (rail, return MAN).
Those travelling together may find it cheaper or more convenient to hire a car. Please remember that we drive on the left and congestion in the morning and evening peak times can be quite bad.