For such a major UK city, Liverpool is surprisingly easy to get around on foot, with most of the attractions either in the city centre or dockside. But if you fancied a trip a little further afield, walking may not be an option. Grab a Citybike from one of the many docking stations you’ll find around town, or head to one of the two Merseytravel Centres instead. Not only do they sell a range of tickets for buses, trains and ferries, staff can let you know where to get off and suggest other places you might like to visit. You’ll find one at the Queen Square bus station and the other near the John Lewis in Liverpool ONE shopping centre.
Hopping on a bus is a great way to explore the city. It’s cheap, it’s green and you’ll almost certainly get to sample some of the friendliness the city is famous for. Most buses are fully accessible and there’s reasonably priced flat fare that covers the whole of the city. The two main city centre bus terminals are Paradise Street Bus Station near Liverpool ONE and the Queen Square Bus Station.
Want to beat the city centre traffic? Take the train! Nowhere in the city is far from a station – there are 66 in and around the Liverpool area. Run by Merseyrail, trains are frequent, and there are four underground stations - Liverpool Central, James Street, Lime Street lower level and Moorfields. Tickets are easy peasy too, with Day Savers for individual travel and the Merseyrail Family Ticket if you’re all going together.
Liverpool is a cyclist’s dream. Not only are there designated cycle lanes and routes all over the city centre, Liverpool ONE shopping centre has its own state-of-the-art cycle store with 50 cycle bays, CCTV and 24-hour access for a measly £1 per day. Didn’t bring your own set of wheels? Citybikes can be hired from as little as £3 per day from 100 docking stations across the city.
Crossing the Mersey by ferry just has to be done. On the other side you’ll find the Wirral where must-see attractions include the picturesque Port Sunlight Village with its Lady Lever Art Gallery.
Although run by Mersey Ferries, the service is owned by Merseytravel, meaning you can buy a ticket that covers bus, rail and river crossings.
Liverpool is one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities and was the 2008 European capital of culture. Whether you’re passing through, looking for heritage, pop culture and entertainment, checking out the universities, or planning a weekend break, there are plenty of reasons to book a hotel room in Liverpool. And with quaint fishing villages and market towns on its doorstep, there's so much to see and do in the surrounding area of Merseyside.