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Preston station first opened in 1838, and by the 1860s its location had made it a popular pit stop for Londoners travelling to Scotland – hungry passengers would hop out to restore themselves at the station's dining room. Food continued to play a big part in the station's history, with the Free Buffet Association feeding servicemen 24 hours a day during the First World War. If you have time, visit the waiting room on platform three, where you'll find a plaque that marks where the buffet once stood. Today, trains to Preston arrive at an elegant 19th century building in the heart of the city, close to the mix of big-name and independent stores on Fishergate. Look out for the beautiful Victorian-era Miller Arcade, and behind it the Harris Museum and Art Gallery; or for a break from the shops, head to the Avenham and Miller parks on the bank of the River Ribble.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 22:00
Saturday 04:45 - 21:00
Sunday 08:00 - 22:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
ShopsAvailable
PostboxAvailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Customers are encouraged to approach a member of station staff with any customer information enquiry. 

Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains
Car parking spaces1000
Carpark charges
Annual£1200.00
Daily£10.00
Monthly£160.00
Off-peak£6.00
Three Monthly£360.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces46
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

On Platform 7

Cycle storage notes<p>Charge made for locker. Storage located on Platform 7</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable

Preston station has several entrances. The main ticket hall entrance is at the north of the station and adjoins platforms 3 and 4. Platforms 1-2 and 5-7 can be accessed by a footbridge at the north end of the platforms, or by a subway at the south end. Both the bridge and subway can be accessed directly from the east side of the station. Passengers with heavy luggage or mobility problems should use the subway, which has lift access.

Departures and arrivals from Preston

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Preston station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Blackpool NorthNorthern07:00On time
to BlackburnNorthern07:05On time
to Buckshaw ParkwayNorthern07:18On time
to CreweAvanti West Coast07:20On time
to CreweAvanti West Coast07:25On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Blackpool NorthNorthern07:18On time
from Wigan North WesternNorthern07:20On time
from Buckshaw ParkwayNorthern07:27On time
from LancasterNorthern07:40On time
from Buckshaw ParkwayNorthern08:02On time
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