Getting to Blackpool

Getting to Blackpool

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Getting to Blackpool

Your favourite seaside town is on England’s North West Coast. Against the Irish Sea, there are amazing views and sunsets from the seafront.

By Car:  The resort has a motorway link direct to the centre of the resort – take the M6 to Junction 32. From there the M55 will lead you straight into the resort.

The M55 and main motorway network brings you right to the edge of the town at Yeadon Way.

  • Turn left at the end of the M55 and follow the dual carriageway, Squires Gate Lane, to the very southern edge of the borough. You’ll pass a sizeable retail park before arriving at the seafront near to a large building – the Fylde Coast tram depot.
  • Then turn right at the end of Squires Gate Lane and it’s a short drive along the promenade to the Pleasure Beach. You’ll see the tall tracks of various roller coasters as you travel into town.
  • Or, from the roundabout at the end of the M55, travel straight ahead along Yeadon Way. This is the main road straight into the centre of town and main car parks. You’ll find huge amounts of parking as you approach town.
  • First is surface parking near to Blackpool South station.
  • Carry on under the railway bridge and there’s even more parking on your left. Blackpool Football Club is on your right.
  • Further ahead are coach bays then finally Central car park. This is very convenient for the town centre and seafront.

Getting to Blackpool by Train

Blackpool has 3 railway stations: North, South and one at the Pleasure Beach.

Blackpool North Railway Station is on the edge of the town centre. It’s opposite the Talbot Gateway development where you’ll find the Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Parking at Blackpool North Railway Station
Blackpool North Railway Station

In 2018 the line to Blackpool North was electrified in a major upgrading project. Superfast Virgin ‘Pendolino’ electric trains bring passengers to Blackpool North.

Blackpool South Railway Station is adjacent to Waterloo Road and Central Car Park, not far from The Range shop.

Blackpool South railway station
Blackpool South railway station

Getting to Blackpool by Coach

Just sit back and let your Coach Driver take the stress away.  These days coaches are extremely comfortable and very well equipped offering a high quality, value for money way of getting to your favourite seaside resort. Check out your local papers, travel agents or coach companies to see what trips are on offer.

National Express Coaches operate to and from the resort throughout the year, arriving and departing in the Coach Station at Central Car Park. Other companies also offer services and details of these can be found on the Coach Tourism Council’s website by clicking here.

Once you’re Here

Getting around by Tram

Blackpool trams, operated by Blackpool Transport, run along the seafront from Squires Gate at the southern end of Blackpool, through central Blackpool, Bispham and Anchorsholme into Cleveleys and terminate in the north at Fleetwood.

The Tramway is one of the oldest in existence and opened in September 1885. It runs from Squires Gate where Blackpool meets St Annes in the borough of Fylde, through Cleveleys and on to Fleetwood which are in the borough of Wyre. The daily commute is now carried out by a brand new fleet of smooth, purple and white, Bombardier Flexity trams.

Getting to Blackpool on a modern tram
A new tram passes Festival House at Blackpool Tower Festival Headland

There’s a choice of the modern, smooth trams (above). The old style Heritage Trams operate from separate stops using a different timetable.

Tramway Extension to North Station

Opening in 2022, the new tramway extension will connect the tram and rail networks, via Talbot Road. You’ll be able to catch a train to North Station, then hop on a tram and travel from there along the seafront.

The new interchange will be bright and modern and include a new Holiday Inn hotel.

Getting around by Bus

Buses on the Fylde Coast are also operated by Blackpool Transport and most of the routes use new Palladium style buses. There’s a range of timetables, services and fare options to help you to plan the best route and most cost effective way of travelling.

Blackpool is well connected to neighbouring towns and the whole of the Fylde coast by public transport. A programme of investment is well underway, with brand new single and double decker buses replacing the old fleet.

The new grey and yellow buses are built on Dennis Chassis with Alexander bodies and operate with low-emission engines. They also have Wi-fi and various other modern features. Blackpool was the first operator to order them outside London.

Getting around by Car

Car parking is often cited as being plentiful, with numerous public pay and display car parks. There’s also pay and display on-street parking in the town centre and along the promenade.

You might find it easier to park your car and leave it when you arrive here, especially at the height of the season. You can then catch the bus or use the tram and make the best of the public transport network. Weekly passes are very affordable and give you unlimited travel.

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