Blackpool has a great public transport network, including:
- Bus services provided by Blackpool Transport Services Ltd, Stagecoach Bus, Coastliner Bus and Preston Bus
- Railway lines to the north and south of the town providing direct links to Preston, Manchester, York and Liverpool. Change at Preston for services beyond
- Tramway with a frequent tram service between Starr Gate and Fleetwood. A new extension connecting the railway station to the Pleasure Beach and Bispham is imminent
- Taxi and private hire vehicles
- Coach services
Bus services are better than ever, offering contactless card and 'tap on tap' off payment. Smartphone apps enable season product purchase. No change needed.
Blackpool Transport Services Ltd
Is a local bus operator serving the Fylde coast with a high frequency bus network linking:
- St Annes
- Knott End
The network is a cost-effective way of travelling around the Fylde coast area, utilising high quality buses and easy to follow timetables to make your journey easy and pleasurable.
Blackpool Transport website
Stagecoach Bus runs the:
- Number 42 service between Blackpool and Lancaster via Garstang
- Number 61 services between Preston and Blackpool via Wrea Green and Kirkham
- Number 68 service between Preston and Blackpool via Warton and Freckleton
Preston Bus run the Number 76 between Blackpool and St Anne's via Victoria Hospital
Preston Bus website
Coastliner Buses operate:
- Service 21, Sea Front "Coastliner" operates from Cleveleys and North Promenade through to St.Annes, serving destinations right along Blackpool sea front
- Service 26, Beach Bus operates from Marton Mere Holiday Village to Blackpool Tower and town centre and then serving all stops along the Promenade to Pleasure Beach
Coastliner Buses website
Bus and tram route information and timetable information is available by contacting Traveline on 0871 200 22 33, or use the web-based journey planner
The frequent and reliable tram service provides an energy efficient mode of transport connecting residents and visitors to all major leisure, retail and businesses along the 11 mile stretch of coastline between Starr Gate and Fleetwood.
Heritage tram trips are also available from the designated stops.
Blackpool enjoys up to five train departures an hour from Blackpool North railway station, with a further hourly service from Blackpool South. Direct routes provide destinations including:
- Manchester Piccadilly and then Airport
- Liverpool Lime Street
- Birmingham New Street
- and London Euston.
Change at Preston for further fast trains to London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and many other destinations.
Check out our operators' sites for journey planning and offers:
Avanti West Coast | Buy Train Tickets | No Booking Fee
Trans Pennine Express provide connecting services from Preston
Northern Railway now offers through ticketing from train to Blackpool Transport Services Ltd bus and tram services. Ask for this when you buy your train ticket for seamless public transport into and around the resort.
In recent years a number of charter train excursions have come to Blackpool, some using steam engines.
Taxis and private hire vehicles play an important role in supporting the visitor and night-time economies. Horse drawn landaus provide promenade pleasure trips. Taxis and private hire vehicles reduce the need for car ownership for the occasional car user. They provide an essential link between transport hubs, hotels and attractions. Hackney carriage stands are provided throughout the town centre. Taxi companies are increasingly using smartphone apps to enable booking.
National Express coaches and a number of city operators bring services into the Blackpool Central Coach Station. Modern coach vehicles are highly specified, rivalling rail for comfort, and fares are often very good value.