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Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) by train

It takes an average of 1h 19m to travel from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) by train, over a distance of around 79 miles (127 km). There are normally 71 trains per day travelling from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) and tickets for this journey start from £7 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 4m
PriceFrom £7
Distance79 miles (127 km)
Frequency71 trains per day
First train04:43
Last train01:45
Departure stationCarlisle
Arrival stationPreston (Lancs)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsTransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper

Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) for Tuesday 8th November 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:49 12:57 1h 8m, direct
12:08 13:15 1h 7m, direct
12:49 13:57 1h 8m, direct
13:28 14:41 1h 13m, direct
13:34 14:46 1h 12m, direct
13:49 14:56 1h 7m, direct
14:08 15:15 1h 7m, direct
14:34 15:46 1h 12m, direct
14:49 15:57 1h 8m, direct
15:39 16:49 1h 10m, direct

Taking the train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) in 1 hour 4 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs)? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 1 hour 43 minutes to travel the 79 miles (127 km) from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) by train, although you can get there in as little as 1 hour 4 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 71 trains per day running on this route. You won't need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. During your journey, you'll either be travelling with Avanti West Coast or TransPennine Express, as they are the main operators of services on this route.

Book train tickets from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from £7.00. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices in our Journey Planner, for example when you travel at Off-Peak times or use a Railcard.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Preston (Lancs) by train, or check our timetable above to view live train times.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs)? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) take?

The average journey time by train between Carlisle and Preston (Lancs) is 1 hour and 19 minutes, with around 71 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Carlisle and Preston (Lancs) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) is 1 hour and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) cost?

Train ticket prices from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) can start from as little as £7 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) without having to change trains. There are 71 direct trains from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) leave?

The first train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) leaves at 04:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) leave?

The last train from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) leaves at 01:45. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Carlisle and Preston (Lancs) by train?

Trains travelling from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) cover a distance of around 79 miles (127 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Preston (Lancs) to Carlisle.

Cheap train tickets from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs)

Train tickets from Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) start at £7 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

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Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Carlisle to Preston (Lancs) is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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