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Preston Guild City

Travel To Preston

Preston M6 junction 31 at night

Getting to Preston from across the UK is easy...

Preston boasts excellent connectivity and is situated in the heart of Lancashire's transport network, making travelling to the city a straight forward affair.

By road

Preston sits north of the M6 and M61 intersection linking to Manchester. The M6 and M55 provide direct access to Preston from Blackpool International Airport. The M65 has been extended to link with the M6 and M61 south of Preston allowing access to all parts of the North West and beyond.

By rail

Getting to Preston by rail makes a convenient option being a principal station on the West Coast Main Line from London to Glasgow.

Routes to Preston run from London Euston, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh with a direct link travelling to Manchester Airport.

Further, with routes from London taking as little as 2 hours 15 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes from Edinburgh) on Virgin Trains state-of-the-art Pendolino trains, you can enjoy longer journeys to the city in a relaxed fashion with Wi-Fi, power sockets and Quiet Zones.

For train times and prices visit National Rail - train times and tickets or Trainline.

By bus

Preston's architecturally unique Bus Station is the largest bus station in the UK and provides a central location for local and national bus and coach companies. 

Local bus service links Preston to:

  • Chorley
  • Morecombe
  • Southport
  • Leyland
  • Blackpool
  • Lancaster
  • Blackburn
  • Burnley
  • Wigan
  • Bolton
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool

For a list of timetables see Lancashire County Council - Preston bus station times and interchanges.

By air

Preston is well positioned within an hour’s drive of the following three major airports:

City centre parking

Parking in Preston City Centre is straightforward with a number of options to suit your visit.

For further details see Preston city centre parking.