Durham Lumiere 2019 parking and public transport is going to get busy when the festival begins, so what's your best bet for getting to Durham?

The Durham Lumiere 2019 festival returns to our city this month, and car parking and transport will be at a premium, with a number of road closures in operation around the time of the event and tens of thousands of visitors expected to come.

Running from Thursday to Sunday November 14-17, Durham Lumiere 2019 will have 37 light-based installations dotted around the centre of the city, with those on the peninsula itself subject to a ticketing system.

You can find out about tickets and where and when you'll need them in our Durham Lumiere tickets story, and also read about all the artworks to see at Lumiere 2019. We've also got specific stories on Lumiere park and ride and road closures, as well as Lumiere tips to make your visit smoother.

Plus, if you still want a ticket, there's one venue with some left

So you're all ready to head to Durham Lumiere - but what are organisers suggesting is the best way to get to the festival?

In the meantime, take a look through our gallery of 2019 Durham Lumiere pictures, watch our Lumiere Durham video, and find out if it'll rain at this year's Lumiere.

What are organisers recommending for Lumiere parking and transport?

Organisers have suggested that visitors should use the Durham Lumiere park and ride scheme, which will offer an extended service during the festival.

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Up to 6,000 parking spaces will be available across sites at the normal Belmont, Howlands and Sniperley sites and three additional facilities at New College Durham, Merryoaks and Annand House at Meadowfield.

When does the Lumiere park and ride run?

Regular services will run to and from each site into the city centre, with extra stops to allow people to explore the event from a variety of start and finish locations.

Services will run until 11.30pm each night, while car parks will remain open around the clock. Return tickets are £2 per person or free for concessionary pass holders and under-16s who are accompanied by an adult. Local bus operators will also be providing additional services.

You can also check on live travel updates using the hashtag #LumiereDurham.

What about buses?

GoNorthEast has laid on extra buses for Lumiere going to many surrounding towns and villages. You can find the timetables in our Lumiere buses roundup.

What are organisers saying about the Lumiere park and ride?

Dave Wafer, Durham County Council's strategic traffic manager, said: "We are expecting large numbers of visitors to the city during Lumiere so it is important that festival-goers plan their travel arrangements in advance in order to make the most of the event.

"We would also advise anyone travelling through the city takes into account how the increased traffic may affect their journey."

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