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Officially opened in 1836, Lime Street is Liverpool's largest and most popular train station. Redeveloped in the early 2000s in conjunction with Liverpool's Capital of Culture year in 2008, Lime Street was awarded Station of the Year 2010. As you step off the train, look out for statues of comic Ken Dodd and Labour politician Bessie Braddock, a nod to the city's seminal contributions to the worlds of entertainment and politics. The original plot of land where the station now stands was a cattle market, but the designers did not take inspiration from its original use, creating, instead, an impressive French chateau-style frontage. In the early days of the station's life, trains approaching Lime Street up the steep incline of Edge Hill had to be detached from their locomotives and eased into town by brake power and gravity alone. Likewise, upon leaving the station carriages had to be pulled up the hill with sheer manpower and a hefty rope. Where would we be without electricity?

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Sunday open from 07:15:00 until 23:05:00
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:00:00 until 23:38:00
  • Saturday open from 05:00:00 until 23:38:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageAvailable
Left Luggage phone number0151 909 3697
Left Luggage Websitehttp://www.lostproperty.org/locations.php
Shops noteVarious retail establishments including Photo Booths to purchase items whilst in the station
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Various retail establishments are present on Liverpool Lime Street station to purchase refreshments.
ATM notes
Located on Platform 7
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Toilets notesMale and Female toilets located on the station concoursebyLord Nelson street entrance
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
WiFi hot spots around Liverpool Lime Street station.
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Liverpool Lime Street Mobility Team are available: - Monday - Saturday 07:00 - 22:00. Sunday 08:00 - 22:00. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE. A mobility Assistance vehicle is available - to book, or for help boarding and alighting your train, please contact your train operator, ideally 48 hours in advance.
Customer Service notes
Please see a member of staff or go to the Network Rail Station Reception on the main concourse; further to that you can contact Network Rail on 03457 11 41 41.
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark nameShort stay car park located on Skelhorne Street & Long Stay Car Park located on Lord Nelson Street
Carpark operatorAPCOA
Car parking spaces280
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces52
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Alongside station entrance
Cycle storage notesThere are wheel racks available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Liverpool Lime Street station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

Opening Hours
  • Monday to Friday open from 06:00:00 until 20:00:00
  • Saturday open from 08:00:00 until 18:00:00
  • Sunday open from 10:00:00 until 18:00:00
The First Class Lounge is located on the main concourse and is for First Class Avanti West Coastcustomers only.

The underground Lime Street Wirral Line station of the Merseyrail network is accessed via the main terminus. Platforms 1 to 6 are shorter than the rest and mostly service long-distance journeys to London, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Norwich. The concourse has toilets, a booking office, shops, a taxi rank and various eateries and coffee shops. There are nine platforms, and they all have step-free access.


Frequently asked questions

Is Liverpool Lime Street station open?

Liverpool Lime Street 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 Liverpool Lime Street station?

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

Are there toilets in Liverpool Lime Street station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Liverpool Lime Street station.

Are dogs allowed in Liverpool Lime Street station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Liverpool Lime Street station but should be kept on a lead or comfortable in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Liverpool Lime Street

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Liverpool Lime Street station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Ellesmere PortMerseyrail16:51ALate
to NottinghamEast Midlands Railway16:516On time
to West KirbyMerseyrail16:54ALate
to NewcastleTransPennine Express16:542On time
to Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern16:557On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Ellesmere PortMerseyrail16:51ALate
from West KirbyMerseyrail16:53AOn time
from ChesterMerseyrail16:58AOn time
from Manchester Oxford RoadNorthern16:59Scheduled
from NewcastleTransPennine Express17:022On time
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