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.
Preston train station is mainly served by Avanti West Coast, Northern, and TransPennine Express trains. Frequent Avanti West Coast services connect London Euston to Preston in 2h 47m every day, while Northern trains cover the routes from Blackpool to Preston (34m) and from York to Preston (2h 22m). Finally, with TransPennine Express you can easily get from Edinburgh to Preston in 2h 22m.
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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.
Preston train station has three car parks (Car Park 1, Car Park 2, and a multi-storey car park), which are opposite the second entrance. Car Park 2 doesn't have step-free access, so wheelchair users will need assistance to get from the car park to the station. The other two car parks have step-free access.
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Preston 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 in and depart from Preston 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 Preston.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at Preston station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Preston station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.