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Blackpool is the ultimate Great British seaside resort. Whether you’re craving a day at the beach or visiting the area to see family and friends, you can book cheap train tickets to Blackpool with TransPennine Express.
The first train arriving at Blackpool North train station is usually 06:18. Trains run to Blackpool until after midnight, with the last train arriving around 01:25. The times of the first and last trains into Blackpool for you will depend on your origin station, so be sure to check your journey.
Blackpool North station is a 10-minute walk from the North Pier and buses are available from the station. For information on services visit Traveline or call 0871 200 2233. In addition, PlusBus is available for an add-on fare of £3.60. Outside the station you’ll also find a taxi rank and there is limited short stay car parking at Blackpool North station plus a multi-storey car park available nearby. For more information visit www.ncp.co.uk. Charges apply.
Blackpool has three train stations: Blackpool North, Blackpool South and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The main station is Blackpool North which is where you’ll arrive into if you’re travelling to the seaside town from elsewhere in the North of England. The other two stations cater for local trains down the coast.
Your journey time by train to Blackpool will depend on your departure station. Travelling there from Manchester or Leeds? It will take you approximately 80 minutes or just over 2 hours respectively. From Glasgow or Edinburgh, you can expect your journey time to be between 3 to 4 hours. Trains from Preston take just 25 minutes.
If you want to save money on tickets, there are several things you can do. Firstly, make sure you book your trains to Blackpool as far in advance as possible to enjoy up to 50% off. Purchasing a Railcard will also give you significant savings off all rail travel on our network and beyond. It’s a good idea to avoid travelling at peak times too, plus its often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than a return.
Blackpool holds a special place in the hearts of many Northerners as the site of their first seaside visit – whether that’s from seeing the illuminations or enjoying the thrills of Pleasure Beach Blackpool. With the train to Blackpool taking just 1 hour 20 minutes from Manchester and 3 hours 10 minutes from Glasgow, it really is the perfect destination for travellers looking for a jolly holiday or a fun-packed break with a host of activities.
There’s The Blackpool Tower, the iconic tower which offers amazing views. There's fun for all at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and if you’re looking for live entertainment venues check out the Winter Gardens Blackpool, The Blackpool Opera House, Grand Theatre Blackpool and VIVA Blackpool. Animal lovers will have a ball at SEA LIFE Blackpool and Blackpool Zoo.
If you fancy battered haggis or black pudding alongside your gluten free fish and chips then Bentley’s Fish and Chip Shop is the place to head. If you want to sit down in style then The Stone Grill offers tasty steak or fish presented sizzling at your table, while Kwizeen boasts a local and seasonal market menu that changes every 5 weeks or so. Looking for a restaurant that offers it all? Mr Basrai’s World Cuisines is an all you can eat world cuisine buffet, a popular spot.
A 10-minute taxi ride from the train station will find you at Number One South Beach – a stylish 5-star hotel that’s collected a string of awards. Boasting a gym, spa, swimming pool and even a kids’ club, The Cliffs Hotel is a modern hotel in a gorgeous period building right on the promenade. Those looking for cool self-catering will find it at The Beach House, which has a range of suites and is rated 5 stars by VisitBritain.
When you’ve consumed your bodyweight in Blackpool rock and candy floss and had your senses assaulted by the rides at the Pleasure Beach, it’s time for a touch of retail therapy. The Hounds Hill Shopping Centre has all your high street favourites a short stroll from Blackpool Tower. Just 100 yards from the promenade is Bonny Street Market where you can enjoy the bustle of a northern open-air market, with over 75 stalls. If you’re serious about a bargain, a 50-minute tram ride will take you to Freeport Fleetwood – a vast outlet park.
For more ideas on what to do in Blackpool, check out Visit Blackpool.
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