Lancashire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Lancashire offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire, coaches and ferries.

Local bus services in Lancashire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the City of Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Lancashire Bus

Trains in Lancashire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Lancaster Station has services to London Euston with a journey time of approx 2 hours 35 minutes. There are local services to Manchester Airport, Morecombe, Preston and Heysham Port and services further to Birmingham New Street, Glasgow Central and Edinburgh.

Train services are provided by a number of train operators including Virgin Trains; First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail

Other railway stations in Lancashire include Preston, Blackburn, Blackpool North, Blackpool South, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Burnley.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Lancashire that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Lancashire is connected to the road network via the M6, M60, M62 and M20. London to Lancaster by car via the M1 and M6 is a drive of approx 5 to 6 hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the M55, M65, A56, A666, A59 and A570.

Parking in Lancaster city centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in Canterbury city centre include Lodge Street, Edward Street, Dallas Road, Nelson Street, Charter House and Lucy Street.

There are Park & Ride schemes in operation in the City of Preston at PortWay and Walton-le-Dale, where drivers can park in designated areas in the outskirts of the city centre and get a bus in to Preston city centre. For more information please see: Preston Park & Ride

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the city and town centres. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

Lancashire’s location includes the port of Heysham on the north west English coast making it convenient to use ferries to get to the county. There are ferry services between Heysham and the Isle of Man, services are provided by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

There are ferry services between Dublin and Liverpool and Belfast and Liverpool. For more information please see: P & O Ferries and Stena Line From Liverpool there is good access to Lancashire via road with the M62 and public transport via bus and train.

Lancashire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Lancashire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Lancaster is approx 6 hours 45 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, Burnley and Morecombe. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Megabus has services from London St Pancreas International station to Burnley in Lancashire via a mix of bus and train travel.

Whilst travelling by coach to Lancashire is usually more time consuming than using rail and road, it is usually more cost effective.

Manchester Airport is located 10 miles from the city centre in Manchester offering good access to the Lancashire region. The airport has domestic, short haul and long haul international flights.

Blackpool Airport is located 5 miles from Blackpool. Blackpool airport is conveniently located to provide good access across Lancashire.

For more information on public transport in Lancashire including information on public transport and timetables please see: Traveline North West from Lancashire County Council

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