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There has been a fort on the hill where Lancaster's famous castle stands since Roman times, so it is fitting that the town's first station, opened in 1846, was known as 'Lancaster Castle'. The name was later changed, but the nearby fortifications continued to exert an influence – not least on the station's sandstone buildings, styled to reflect the castle's battlements. Today, Lancaster station handles trains to and from London, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and Morecambe, as well as services into Cumbria and the Lake District. On the east side, the original station buildings from 1846 are still in use; those on the west side date to 1900 and 1906, and are arguably even more impressive. Lancaster itself is a riverside university town with fine examples of Georgian architecture, including the Lancaster City Museum – the station is in the west of the city centre, with the main shopping area a few minutes' walk away.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:15 - 19:45
Saturday 05:15 - 19:45
Sunday 09:30 - 20:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Shops noteNews agent
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATM notes
Located on concourse Located by the ticket office
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

There are two Customer Information points, one situated on platform 3 and the other situated on platform 4, however customers are encouraged to approach any member of station staff for information.

Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains
Car parking spaces147
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£360.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces94
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
all platforms
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

lifts to platforms

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable

There are entrances to the west and east of the station. The ticket office is on the east side, but there are ticket machines on the west side, as well as public toilets and a taxi rank. A footbridge with lift access connects the two entrances to Lancaster's five platforms - trains to London generally depart from platform 4, and long-distance trains to Scotland from platform 3. Platform 1 is a bay platform, located next to the north end of platform 2.

Departures and arrivals from Lancaster

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Lancaster station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Preston (Lancs)Northern23:244On time
to London EustonAvanti West Coast05:134On time
to Oxenholme Lake DistrictTransPennine Express05:513Scheduled
to WindermereNorthern06:003Scheduled
to Manchester AirportTransPennine Express06:285Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from WindermereNorthern23:234On time
from Preston (Lancs)TransPennine Express05:513Scheduled
from MorecambeNorthern06:10Scheduled
from SkiptonNorthern06:311Scheduled
from Glasgow CentralAvanti West Coast06:354On time
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