Travel and Transport
Connectivity to boast about...
Preston is ideally placed for access to four motorways, the West Coast rail main line and three international airports.
Some 55 years after Prime Minister Harold McMillan cut the tape on the Preston bypass - the first length of motorway opened in the UK - the M6 still plays a hugely important role in linking London and Glasgow via the North of England.
In a northern direction, this includes connections with Lancaster, the Lakes, Cumbria, and Scotland. In a southern direction, this includes Liverpool, the Midlands, and London. While the M55 leads to Blackpool, the M65 takes you to the east of the county, and the M61 to Manchester and its airport, across the Yorkshire border, and beyond.
If you’d rather let the train take the strain, the West Coast main line railway station – an integral part of Preston for more than 175 years – hosts Northern Rail, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and First ScotRail services, with both London and Glasgow little more than two hours away.
By train you’re only half an hour from the heart of the Lake District, an hour away via direct services to Manchester and Liverpool, or an hour and a half from central Birmingham.
By bus or coach
Preston's Grade II listed Bus Station is undeniably a major travel hub. And for many passengers over the last 40-plus years, it is Preston's first port of call, with a variety of daily and special services from Blue Bus, Lancashire United, Preston Bus, Stagecoach, Transdev, Megabus and National Express.
Preston has a wide selection of city centre car parks, and two park and ride services that take you into the heart of the city.