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Venture to this Victorian town in the heart of Lancashire with TransPennine Express and get ready for some great savings. Browse our cheap train tickets to Preston and benefit from up to 50% off advance bookings – no matter if you’re travelling for business or to explore the city’s intriguing cultural and heritage sites.
For onward travel from Preston the main bus terminal on Tithebarn Street is just 800 yards away. There's often a fleet of taxis waiting outside the station at the dedicated taxi rank, too.
Preston has a great deal to offer: there are two shopping centres, it was one of the founding fathers of modern football, it has an abundance of bars and restaurants, and it's packed with entertainment. Plus, being just 40 minutes away from Manchester and an hour and 50 minutes from Sheffield, it’s easily accessible.
If you’re hoping to secure cheap train tickets to Preston, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to do this, from buying a Railcard or a season ticket if you’re a regular train traveler to purchasing directly with us to avoid booking fees. It’s also a good idea to book your trains as early as possible. We release tickets for most routes up to 24 weeks in advance and they’re often up to 50% cheaper than buying them on your day of travel.
Trains to Preston can take 20 minutes or up to several hours depending on where you’re travelling from. Journeying to Preston from Manchester or Liverpool? It’ll take you just over 30 minutes. The city also sits on our Anglo-Scottish route, with trips between Glasgow and Preston clocking in at around 2 and a half hours.
If you’re driving to the station, you’ll have a choice of two different car parks. There is a short stay car park right outside the station entrance with free parking for up to 20 minutes. If you’re not just picking up or dropping off, the main station car park is a minute’s walk away and offers all day parking for £12 on weekdays (£6 on weekends).
No matter where you’re coming from along the TransPennine Express network, you’ll arrive into Preston’s main train station. It’s handily located on the southern edge of the city centre and within walking distance of key attractions such as the Ribble riverfront, Fishergate Shopping Centre and leafy Avenham Park.
At the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, you can get to grips with lots of vehicles like vintage fire engines, and they even have the Popemobile on site. The Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park has boars (as you’d expect), longhorn cows and more animals that are a real treat for children of all ages. The Flower Bowl is also a popular attraction which is home to the north of England’s only curling rink, 10 pin bowling, cinema, crazy golf, crazy pool and much more. Perfect for a fun filled day out.
Less than a mile from the station is EastZeast, which offers authentic Punjabi cooking and has menus full of great dishes. If your heart’s desire is a Latin American bodega in the heart of Preston, you’re in luck, Fino Tapas is as tasty as it is quirky, serving amazing tapas.
Other restaurants hotspots we recommend visiting include PLAU, 263 and 1842 Restaurant & bar.
The Ashwood Hotel is a super affordable, family-run hotel right in the centre of the city. It’s also a 4-minute walk from the station. The Legacy Preston International Hotel is a friendly 3-star hotel just around the corner from the university and a 10-minute walk from the station. If you’re looking for a luxury stay in Preston, the No.10 Preston is a 5* aparthotel, where you’ll find the best fixtures and fittings, just a 5-minute walk from the station.
The 2 central shopping centres offer a great retail fix in Preston. The Fishergate Shopping Centre is right next to the station, so it makes sense that that would be your first call. Come here for your high-street fashion fix. The St George's Shopping Centre is just a few streets further on and has even more high-street goodness, as well as cafes and children’s activities. There are 2 further shopping centres: the Capital Centre retail park and Deepdale Shopping Centre.
For more ideas on what to do in Preston, see Visit Lancashire.
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