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Trains to Blackpool

Blackpool sets the standard for British seaside resorts. Dominated by the famous Blackpool Tower, which can be seen for miles around, the town attracts some 13 million tourists annually. The opening of the railway station in the 19th century saw trains to Blackpool develop the local tourism industry. Now, The Golden Mile runs from North to South Piers with hundreds of family attractions and on the western side, Blackpool's long, sandy beach.

Popular train routes to Blackpool

London to Blackpool
Manchester to Blackpool
Glasgow to Blackpool
Edinburgh to Blackpool

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Visiting Blackpool

Blackpool’s main train station is Blackpool North. Services are provided by Northern to the rest of the UK via the interchange at Preston, and there’s a direct Blackpool to London service with Virgin Trains.

The direct Virgin Trains service runs between Blackpool and London on weekdays and Saturdays using electric Pendolino trains.

Direct trains from London Euston can take as little as 2h 44m. Weekday departures for 2018 are timetabled for 06:46, 08:53, 10:36 and 16:33. Blackpool North to London direct weekday departures are set as 05:30, 10:53, 13:02 and 15:00. There are many other services between these times involving a change of train, usually at Preston.

Saturday direct services in 2018 from London Euston to Blackpool North with Virgin Trains are usually timetabled for 08:53 and 10:36. Blackpool North to London direct Saturday departures are usually timetabled for 10:53, 13:02 and 15:54.

As a seaside resort, Blackpool offers a huge array of entertainment, including the Tower with five attractions that incorporate a circus, the Dungeon, a huge play gym, a 4D cinema experience and the world-famous ballroom. Visitors with a head for heights can take an exhilarating lift ride right to the top where, as might be expected, the views over the Irish Sea are sensational.

Fans of white-knuckle rides can head for the Pleasure Beach for rollercoaster rides of a lifetime, including the iconic Pepsi Max Big One. Water lovers can get a taste of more thrills at Sandcastle Waterpark, which boasts the longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world.

A more sedate time can be had at Blackpool Zoo. With 32 acres of park and spacious natural enclosures, there are opportunities to see over 1,000 animals, from birds and mammals to reptiles and invertebrates.

Being by the sea means that an obvious attraction will be marine related, and SEA LIFE Blackpool does the job. There are over 50 fascinating displays showcasing the underwater world and with over 1,000 aquatic creatures visitors can get up close with sharks, turtles, colourful reef fish, seahorses and rays.

 

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Blackpool

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Blackpool to help you save money and explore the delights of this seaside town. Whether you are getting a train to Blackpool for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Blackpool is by using a national railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do once you've arrived in town. To see the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy one online, check out our railcards page.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Blackpool is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Blackpool. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops or for a night out on the rollercoasters, simply look out for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up for our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train with 3-9 friends and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.

Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.

 

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