The Borough is an important crossroads for a number of strategic transport routes; Burton upon Trent is situated on the intersection of two major roads, the A38 which links the town to Birmingham and M6 Toll Road (and the GBSLEP area), and Derby with the A50 which is an important west-east route linking the M6 with the M1. Uttoxeter is also located on the A50 which provides the town with links to Stoke on Trent and Burton upon Trent.The Borough is served by local bus services within and between settlements, and bus interchanges at Uttoxeter and Burton.
Burton-on-Trent station (BUT) has good Cross Country rail connections to Birmingham and Derby, and Uttoxeter station (UTT) is served by East Midlands trains to Derby and Crewe. These trains connect East Staffordshire Borough to major East and West Midlands conurbations and cities across the UK. In addition the government plans a new high-speed rail network from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds, known as HS2. The Department for Transport says the project will cut Birmingham to London journey times from 1hr 21min to 49min.
East Staffordshire has several international airports in close proximity to its borders including Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester. East Midlands Airport in particular has established itself as a hub for low fare airlines and was the second busiest UK airport for freight traffic in 2012. Within the Borough, Tatenhill airfield is an established aerodrome with industries and facilities for recreational flying.
- East Midlands Airport - Offical website for live flight information, parking and booking flights
- Tatenhill Aviation - Located at Tattenhill Airfield, in the heart of the British countryside
There are a number of important leisure routes through the Borough inlcuding the Trent and Mersey Canal. East Staffordshire has good national cycle connections including National Route 54 of the National Cycle Network which runs from Stourport to Derby via Kidderminster, Dudley, Lichfield and Burton upon Trent. The route also includes the White Peak Loop from Derby to Cromford, Biggin, Uttoxeter and back to Derby with links to National Route 68.