Transport to and from Preston City

Transport to and from Preston City

The City of Preston is perfectly positioned for access to rail, road and air transport

City Centre Car parks

Preston has two park and ride services that take you to the city centre. There is also a good choice of city-centre car parks.

Motorway access

Preston has excellent access to the motorway network:

The M6 plays a crucial role in linking London and Glasgow via the North of England. There are excellent connections from Preston to Liverpool, the Midlands and London heading South whilst to the North you can easily access Lancaster, The Lake District, Cumbria and Scotland  The M55 leads to Blackpool, the M65 takes you to the east Lancashire, and the M61 to Manchester and its airport.

The Preston Western Distributor is due to open in 2023 which will link Preston and Southern Fylde to the M55 motorway. The Preston Western Distributor will link the A583 and the M55 motorway. The scheme includes two new roads connecting to North West Preston and Cottam. The new East-West Link Road and Cottam Link Road will provide convenient access to the Preston Western Distributor, avoiding already congested local routes.

Rail Services

Preston is a main station on the West Coast Main Line from London to Glasgow:

The West Coast mainline railway station hosts services from Northern Rail, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and First ScotRail services. Preston is an hour to Manchester or Liverpool. In just over 2 hours you can be in London or Glasgow. Central Birmingham in 90 minutes and 30 minutes to the Lake District.


Preston is within an hour’s drive of 2 major airports:

Air travel is also within easy reach, with Liverpool airport and Manchester airport within an hour,

Manchester International Airport is approximately 50 minutes from Preston by motorway and is linked by rail and bus. Liverpool Airport is also roughly 50 minutes by car from Preston and serves a range of domestic and European Flights.

Bus and coach

The Grade II listed Preston Bus Station is a major transport facility. Reported to be the second-largest bus station in western Europe, the longest in Europe, and the largest in the world. Built in 1969, it houses 80 arrival and departure gates for parking local and national buses, and a vast ground floor waiting hall. There are a range of daily bus and coach services using this station, delivered by local, regional and national operators.


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