Getting around

Things to do in Preston | Getting around

Preston is well connected to the rest of the UK via two international airports and also boasts one of the largest bus depots in Europe.

Airport transfers

The nearest airport is Blackpool, about 25 minutes’ drive from our Preston North hotel and just a stone’s throw from our Blackpool Airport hotel. It offers few commercial flights and is largely home to flying schools, aircraft parking and refuelling. Manchester Airport – 40 miles away – is more commonly used and takes just over an hour via 60 direct trains a day. Buses run from early in the morning to and from Manchester Airport, taking 90 minutes.

Or you could stay overnight in one of our many hotels near Manchester Airport.

Airport transfers

A main international airport, there are three terminals at Manchester whisking you across the world to Canada, America, Russia, China and beyond. The airport is well equipped with several large restaurants and bars, duty-free shops and plenty of space to wait and relax.

Alternatively, Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport is under an hour from Premier Inn Preston South (Cuerden Way) by road, and we also have a hotel at the airport. The airport services nearly five million passengers each year, with main airlines easyJet, Ryanair and TUI Airways flying across the UK, Europe and North Africa. Flights to Ireland remain their most popular, with nearly a million passengers making the short trip to Dublin and Belfast, with Barcelona and Amsterdam the next most popular. Train journeys from Preston take 90 minutes including one change, with around three trains an hour at peak times.

Public transport

Serviced by Preston Bus, Megabus, National Express and Stagecoach, Preston Bus Station is one of the biggest in Europe, with over 80 stands, providing swift connections across the country. There are also two Park & Ride schemes in the city offering easy access to the city centre. Taxis are plentiful across Preston, with several big firms offering pick-ups and drop-offs, including a fleet of London-style cabs.

Public transport

Train stations

The joining point between London and Glasgow on the West Coast Main Line, Preston Railway Station is a main station serviced by Northern, Virgin Trains and TransPennine Express. Nearly 200 years old, the station has six platforms and offers hourly trains to Blackpool and Manchester, as well as being part of the Caledonian Sleeper route running from Aberdeen to London.

Preston Station

Looking for a hotel in Preston?

There's a great choice of hotels in Preston which make an ideal base for exploring the city's renovated docks and marina or indulging in some retail therapy at its impressive shopping centres and markets.