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.
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.
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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 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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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.
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.
Yes, there are toilets available to use 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.