Before you set off on your trip to Blackpool, make sure you plan ahead.
Blackpool enjoys the luxury of having a motorway link direct to the heart of the resort – take Junction 32 off the M6, and the M55 will lead you almost to the beach! On the M55, why not see who spots The Blackpool Tower first? The winner wins an ice cream or a stick of Blackpool Rock!
If you come to Blackpool via car, the approximate journey times and distances are:
Comprehensive information on current roadworks in Blackpool can be found by using the AA Roadworks Service.
When you arrive in Blackpool, there are plenty of car parks to choose from. Find a Blackpool car park.
Did you know you can also pay by phone at most Council-owned car park facilities? It is a great alternative if you would like to avoid queuing, handling cash and touching payment machines. You can also top up your parking session remotely, without needing to take a trip back to the car. Pay by phone car parking - more information.
Please note: from 15 June 2020, it is compulsory to wear a mask on public transport. You may be refused travel if you are not wearing one. There are some exceptions to this legislation and people who have disabilities, breathing difficulties, or children under 11 years old do not have to wear one on board. We advise you to refer to your transport provider for further details.
Blackpool is well-connected to the national railway network. Superfast Avanti trains bring passengers to Preston and there are two services an hour for the onward journey to Blackpool North provided by Northern Rail - we advise you to check with Northern Rail before travelling as this may change. Preston Station has direct services to all major cities including: London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
From 6 July, Northern Rail will resume their Manchester Airport to Blackpool North service. There are also direct services to Blackpool North from Liverpool Lime Street.
If you travel to Blackpool via train, the approximate journey times are:
- Manchester: 1h 27m
- Liverpool: 1h 17m
- Leeds: 2h 36m
- Sheffield: 3h 9m
- Carlisle: 2h 4m
- York: 3h 2m
- Birmingham: 2h 36m
- Newcastle: 4h 7m
- Edinburgh: 3h 40m
- Glasgow: 3h 14
- Bristol: 4h 12m
- Cardiff: 5h 6m
- London: 2h 54m
Handy tips on staying safe when travelling to Blackpool via train:
Before you travel, check the train operator’s measures on how they plan to keep you safe, they could differ from other operators
Wear a face covering at all times
Buy your ticket in advance online or pay by contactless
Wash your hands before and after your journey. If this isn’t possible, use hand sanitiser
Allow extra time for your journey
Try to avoid rush hour and travel at quieter times
Find more information for Northern Rail and Avanti who are our main rail operators. Please note: Northern Rail is operating on an essential-travel only basis. This may change in the coming weeks.
National Express Coach Services are pleased to announce that they are running a daily service to and from Blackpool, stopping at Preston, Manchester and Birmingham from 1 July. For more details on their safety measures, head to their website.
How to get around the resort safely
Once you are in Blackpool, getting around safely is our top priority. Blackpool Transport is committed to your welfare and a range of measures have been put in place to ensure you have a safe journey.
Blackpool Transport has made a few changes to the way they ask riders to use their services. Find out what’s changed, timetables, fare options and live service updates over on the Blackpool Transport website.
Blackpool Trams will begin running again from Sunday 19th July on a 20-minute frequency to support the town’s economy and provide an important service for commuters and visitors to the resort. For timetables please visit Blackpool Transport website.