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Trains to Liverpool Lime Street Station

Liverpool Lime Street station is one of four stations in Liverpool city centre, along with Liverpool Central, Liverpool James Street, and Liverpool Moorfields. Liverpool Lime Street is the most widely used station in Liverpool, serving 16 million passengers in 2019/20. Liverpool Lime Street is the 26th busiest station in the UK and the 7th busiest station outside London.

Liverpool Lime Street opened in August 1836 as Liverpool and Manchester Railway realised Crown Street station was too far out of the city centre. Liverpool Lime Street was included as part of an electrification in Merseyside, with electric trains in operation from March 2015. Extensive remodelling of Liverpool Lime Street station started in 2017 with improvements to signalling and five new platforms on each side of the station.

Network Rail and Merseyrail manage Liverpool Lime Street. An underground station opened in 1977 is connected to the mainline station via a subway, escalators, and a lift from the main concourse. Trains from the underground station run on the Merseyrail Wirral Line.

Station Area Map

Liverpool Lime Street station is situated on the east side of Liverpool. Liverpool Central station is just a few minutes from Liverpool Lime Street should you need to make a quick transfer. Several landmarks are near the station, including Titanic Memorial, Liverpool Tate, and the Royal Albert Dock.

Many operators run trains to Liverpool through Liverpool Lime Street, including Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway, London Northwestern Railway, Northern Trains, Transpennine Express, and Transport for Wales. You can reach major city stations from Liverpool Lime Street station, including London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly, and Glasgow Central.

Station Details and Facilities


Liverpool Lime Street Station, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JD

General Information

Opening Hours

  • Monday – Friday 03:15 to 00:40
  • Saturday 03:15 to 00:35
  • Sunday 07:00 to 00:30

Ticket Buying and Collection

Book your train tickets with Split My Fare. There is the option to receive e-Tickets via email or collect tickets from the self-service ticket machines at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Passenger Services

Information is available from help points, information points, and the ticket office.

There are two help points located on the Skelhorne Street side of the station; there is also a call point near the short stay car park entrance.

Information Services

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday 07:00 - 19:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 19:00

Station Facilities

Accessible Public Telephones

  • Situated on the main concourse opposite Northern's Travel Centre.
  • Take cards and coins.


Available next to the network rail information point.

Baby Changing Facilities

In the female toilets, near the Lord Nelson Street entrance.

First Class Lounge

On the main concourse. For First Class Avanti West Coast customers only.

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday 06:00 - 20:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday 08:00 - 18:00

Photo Booths

Located on the main concourse.


Trolley bays on:

  • Platforms 5,6/7, 8/9
  • Lord Nelson Street
  • Skelhorne Street

A £1 coin deposit is refunded when you return it to a bay.


Accessible Ticket Machines

There are two low ticket machines next to Café Nero and the ticket office.

Accessible Toilets

  • Near the Lord Nelson Street entrance
  • Monday to Sunday 06:00 – 23:00
  • Toilets are free to use, but a Radar key is required; if you don’t have one, ask a staff member.

Assisted Travel

If you have limited mobility or need help with luggage, go to one of the help points on Skelhorne Street or the Customer Information desk on the station concourse, which is open:

  • Monday to Saturday 08:00 - 20:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 19:00

Induction Loops

  • The Information point and ticket office have induction loops.


The Lime Street entrance has a lift from street level to the concourse. There is also a lift from the long-stay car park to the concourse.

Mobility Assistance

A mobility assistance vehicle is available. Please book if possible.

Liverpool Lime Street Mobility Team are available

  • Monday - Saturday 07:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 08:00 - 22:00

Ramp available for access to trains.

Visually Impaired

There are tactile warning strips along platform edges.

Wheelchairs Available

Ticket office

On the station concourse.

Opening hours

  • Monday - Friday 05:00 - 23:38
  • Saturday 05:00 - 23:38
  • Sunday 07:15 - 23:05

Ticket machines are open 24 hours, with accessible ticket machines available.

If there is an issue with printing your train ticket, please contact customer services at the Ticket Office.


Near the Lord Nelson Street entrance.

Toilets are free of charge to use.

Open 7 days a week 06:00 – 23:00


Free public WiFi

Bicycle Facilities

  • Lord Nelson Street
  • Skelhorne Street.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Liverpool station called Lime Street?

Liverpool's main station is called Lime Street because this is the street it is on. The name of Lime Street comes from William Harvey's lime kilns.

What line is Liverpool Lime Street on?

Liverpool Lime Street is divided into two stations, the overground and underground. The overground has inter-city services on several lines while the underground runs on the Wirral Line.

How old is Liverpool Lime Street?

Liverpool Lime Street was originally opened in 1836.

Does Liverpool Lime Street have an underground?

Liverpool Lime Street has an underground station which runs on the Wirral Line. The mainline station can be reached by escalator, stairs, and a lift.