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Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) by train

It takes an average of 2h 39m to travel from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) by train, over a distance of around 158 miles (254 km). There are normally 78 trains per day travelling from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) and tickets for this journey start from £11 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 15m
PriceFrom £11
Distance158 miles (254 km)
Frequency78 trains per day
First train03:22
Last train23:40
Departure stationGlasgow Central
Arrival stationPreston (Lancs)
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsTransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper

Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) train times

Check out the next trains departing from Glasgow Central 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
09:40 11:56 2h 16m, direct
10:40 12:57 2h 17m, direct
11:33 13:57 2h 24m, direct
12:05 14:41 2h 36m, direct
12:40 14:56 2h 16m, direct
13:09 15:46 2h 37m, direct
13:35 15:57 2h 22m, direct
14:34 17:08 2h 34m, direct
15:08 17:48 2h 40m, direct
15:40 17:56 2h 16m, direct

About the train journey from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs)

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The train from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) usually takes 3 hours 12 minutes on average to travel 158 miles (254 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 15 minutes. You can expect to find 78 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Preston (Lancs), so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. During your journey, you're likely to be travelling with London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast or ScotRail, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £11.00. You can also travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends – or get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

If you want to know more about the journey, scroll up for timetables and live train times, or keep reading for tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Glasgow Central 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 Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) take?

The average journey time by train between Glasgow Central and Preston (Lancs) is 2 hours and 39 minutes, with around 78 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 Glasgow Central and Preston (Lancs) by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) can start from as little as £11 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 Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs)?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) without having to change trains. There are 78 direct trains from Glasgow Central 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 Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) leave?

The first train from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) leaves at 03:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) leaves at 23:40. 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 Glasgow Central and Preston (Lancs) by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) cover a distance of around 158 miles (254 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs)

Train tickets from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs) start at £11 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

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

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 Glasgow Central 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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