How to Reach Blackpool


By Air: Blackpool has its own airport with scheduled flights to/from Alicante, Belfast, Dalaman, Faro, Ibiza, Isle of Man, Lanzarote, Majorca, Malaga, Murcia and Tenerife. An increasing number of charter flights now operate from Blackpool Airport.

By Train: The trains run to Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations from Preston, Nelson and many other destinations. Blackpool North is the main station but for a day trip to the Pleasure Beach, change at Kirkham and take the Blackpool South line; the last station before Blackpool South is the Pleasure Beach Blackpool.

By Boat: The closest ferries from Blackpool are Fleetwood to Larne and Heysham (near Morecambe) to Douglas (Isle of Man) and Belfast, operating in summer only.

By Taxi: Blackpool can be reached via the M55 from the M6.

By Bus: Local bus services run from Preston, Lancaster, Nelson, Southport and Fleetwood. Long distance bus services, and charters, run from virtually everywhere in Great Britain. 


By Tram: The Blackpool Tramway is an antique tramway which runs along the complete length of the sea front from Starr Gate (near Blackpool Airport) to Fleetwood at the northern end of the Fylde coast. As of 2012, most trams are modern low-floor trams, however antique trams that are modified to take wheelchairs provide extra capacity outside peak times and during weekends and holidays. Unmodified antique trams still operate between a few stops within the town centre during some weekends and holidays.

By Bus: The town is well served by buses; the main operators within the town are Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach. Note that Blackpool Transport altered or renumbered most of its routes in July 2010. Until the change, every route had distinctive colour-coded buses but this system has been abandoned and the buses are now deployed on any route. Both operators sell day tickets but with very few exceptions these are only accepted on their own buses.

By Taxi: Horse-drawn "landaus" offer an old-fashioned alternative to modern taxis for journeys along the seafront.

Route Distance Time
Lytham saint annes to Blackpool 6.95 km 6 mins
Preston to Blackpool 37.45 km 37 mins
Skelmersdale to Blackpool 41.35 km 41 mins
Wallasey to Blackpool 43.91 km 43 mins
Carnforth to Blackpool 45.25 km 45 mins
Liverpool to Blackpool 46.25 km 46 mins
Wigan to Blackpool 54.15 km 54 mins
Blackburn to Blackpool 61.4 km 1 hour 1 mins
Rhyl to Blackpool 75 km 1 hour 15 mins
Altrincham to Blackpool 90.06 km 1 hour 30 mins