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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

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.

Hotels near Bolton train station

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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 SouthportNorthern11:325On time
to BlackburnNorthern11:351On time
to Manchester AirportNorthern11:363On time
to SouthportNorthern11:485On time
to RochdaleNorthern11:491Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from RochdaleNorthern11:341On time
from WindermereNorthern11:343On time
from BlackburnNorthern11:471Scheduled
from Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern11:475On time
from Manchester AirportNorthern11:524On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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