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The original train station, opened in 1871, was Bolton Trinity Street. It was all but demolished in the 1980s, although the iconic Victorian clock tower – a landmark in the town for over a century – was dismantled and rebuilt next to the modern-day Bolton station.

Located in the centre of town, easing transport links to and from the town centre, Bolton train station has been pivotal in increasing the tourism industry of Bolton. People travel to Bolton drawn by its status as a hive of cultural activity; the Octagon Theatre and Bolton Museum and Art Gallery offer visitors intellectual escapism. The latter also houses many artefacts of the town’s textile industry, paying homage to Bolton’s cotton-spinning past and the 14th-century Flemish settlers that introduced the tradition of weaving to the locals.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 21:00
Saturday 06:00 - 21:00
Sunday 08:15 - 19:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
ShopsUnavailable
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFiAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
staff can only assist passengers with mobility problems if they are using certain platforms. Please contact Customer Relations for further information
Customer help pointsUnavailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark nameTHE CAR PARK WILL BE CLOSED EVERY WEEKEND & BANK HOLIDAYS UNTIL 04/10/15
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces99
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
platforms 3 & 4
Cycle storage notes<p>9 hoops and 15 lockers situated on platform</p>
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Level access through the ticket barriers to an overpass, and via large lift opposite the top of the steps, or down steps onto the platform. Lifts open for all services.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable

Trains to Bolton station

Bolton train station is mainly served by Northern and TransPennine Express trains. Frequent Northern services connect Manchester to Bolton in 19m, Rochdale to Bolton in 48m and Blackpool to Bolton in 59m. TransPennine Express trains cover the route from Edinburgh to Bolton in 2h 52m.

Need more information on how to get to Bolton by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Bolton.

Bolton train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Bolton station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Bolton railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Bolton.

The entrance and ticket office are at street level, as well as the bus interchange and taxi rank, which are just yards from the door. Disabled toilets are located in the ticket hall. The station has four platforms. Platform 1, with its café, is used for trains heading north, and platform 3, for trains to Manchester. Platform 4 is used for trains mostly heading west.

Bolton train station parking

Bolton train station has one car park, which opposite platform 4's entrance. There's a ramp connecting the car park to platform 4.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Bolton station open?

Bolton station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Bolton station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Bolton station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Bolton.

Are there toilets at Bolton station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Bolton station.

Are dogs allowed at Bolton station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Bolton station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Bolton

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Bolton station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Hazel GroveNorthern19:233Late
to Blackpool NorthNorthern19:255On time
to StalybridgeNorthern19:283Late
to SouthportNorthern19:375On time
to Blackpool NorthNorthern19:504On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Manchester VictoriaNorthern19:245On time
from SouthportNorthern19:283Late
from Alderley EdgeNorthern19:375On time
from Hazel GroveNorthern19:504On time
from Blackpool NorthNorthern19:533On time
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