There are a number of ways of travelling to Blackpool, but it is worth planning ahead. Being Britain’s most popular seaside resort means roads around the town can sometimes become congested and trains can fill up quickly. That said however, travelling to Blackpool from most places in the UK is easy and no matter which of the hotels in Blackpool you choose, you should have little difficulty finding your way there by car, coach, train or plane.

By Car

The M55 motorway leads almost up to the door of the majority of seafront Blackpool hotels, so travelling by car is almost certainly the most convenient mode of transport. With most hotels in Blackpool offering free parking and over 8000 other parking spaces dotted about the town, Blackpool is certainly car-friendly, if occasionally a little busy on the roads. The M55 links up with motorways in all directions; joining the M6 from Scotland and the north of England (junction 32 which joins the M55 is often the most congested area around Blackpool), the M1 from the south, and the M5 (then M6) from the South West. If you are coming from Manchester or Liverpool, take the M60 ring road, then the M61 before joining the M55.


By Coach

For those people not wanting the hassle of driving, travelling by coach is the most economical and flexible method of getting to Blackpool. The bus station is just off Talbot Road, near the sea and in walking distance of most Blackpool hotels. Metro Coastlines run services constantly in and around Blackpool, whilst Stagecoach and National Express offer daily services to most destinations around the UK. From London there are five services daily and it takes approximately six and a half hours. From Manchester there are five services a day and the journey takes an hour and three quarters.

By Train

Travelling by train is also an easy and convenient way of getting to most hotels in Blackpool. The main station, Blackpool North is on Talbot Road and is very close to the seafront and most hotels. There is a second station at Blackpool South that is better placed for Blackpool hotels located near the Pleasure Beach. Trains to Blackpool depart from all major UK cities. There are direct lines from Manchester and Liverpool, whilst most other services change at Preston.

By Plane

These days you can also jump on a plane and be in your Blackpool hotel in under an hour. There is a small airport in Blackpool, and a larger international airport in Manchester. Blackpool Airport now has a new terminal building and there are daily flights to and from Stanstead, Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man. The airport is only two and a half miles from the town centre.

By Trams

Whichever hotel in Blackpool you decide to stay in, chances are it will only be a few yards from Blackpool’s famous tramlines. The first tramline opened in Blackpool in 1885 and in their heyday, trams served much of the Flyde coast. Nowadays the trams only operate from Starr Gate to Fleetwood, but they are great fun and well worth a go.

For more information, read our Blackpool Tourist Information