Trains to Preston Station

Preston Station is a mainline train station in Preston, Lancs. Avanti West Coast manages Preston Railway Station. Along with Avanti West Coast, Northern Trains and Transpennine Express run regular services to Preston Railway Station. Caledonian Sleeper runs overnight services between London and Scotland, passing through Preston Railway Station. Preston Station is situated south of the city centre, close to the River Ribble. You will find numerous attractions near Preston, Lancs, worth visiting, including Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Bowland Wild Boar Park, and Avenham and Miller Parks.

Preston Station is the 70th busiest station in Great Britain, with 4.24 million passengers going through the station in 2022/23 and 1.09 million interchanges.

Preston Station can be reached from cities and towns across the UK with regular services operated by Avanti West Coast, Northern Trains, and Transpennine Express. Four trains per hour run to Blackpool North, three trains per hour run to Manchester Airport, and two trains per hour run to London Euston.

Station Area Map

Preston Station is located on Fishergate with the entrance and long and short-stay car park on Butler Street. Preston Station is in the centre of Preston, Lancs, north of the River Ribble. Preston Station can be reached by train from Manchester Piccadilly in 40 minutes.

Preston Station has ten platforms, with six through and two bay platforms in use and two more available for emergency use. Platforms 3 and 4 are used for intercity services. There are two subways, one providing step-free access to all but one platform and the second running adjacent to the passenger subway.

Local and inter-city trains to Preston services are operated from Preston Station by Avanti West Coast, Northern Trains, and Transpennine Express with destinations including Blackpool North, London Euston, and Birmingham New Street. Manchester Airport can be easily reached from Preston Station.

Station Details and Facilities


Preston station





Ticket Office

Ticket Office Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday 05:45 - 22:00
  • Saturday 04:45 - 21:00
  • Sunday 08:00 - 22:00

Penalty Fares

Penalty fares apply for Northern and TransPennine Express.


Waiting Room

Waiting Room available on Platform 3/4. Automatic doors are available in all waiting rooms.

Refreshment Facilities

Refreshments and shops are available on Platform 3/4.

Baby Change

Baby change facilities are available.


Telephones are available.


Wi-Fi is not available.

Post Box

A Post Box is available.

ATM Machine

An ATM is available.


CCTV is available.


The accessible toilets are located on Platform 3; a RADAR key operates these toilets. A Changing Places toilet is available on Platform 3, accessed using a RADAR key.

Staffing and Customer Services

Staffing Level


Information Available From Staff

From the help point, information point, and ticket office.

Information Kiosk on Platform 3.

Passenger Information Systems

Departure screens, Announcements, and Arrival screens.


Opening Hours

Monday - Sunday, 24 Hours a Day

Operator Name

Avanti West Coast


1025  with 18 accessible spaces available


CCTV is available.

Bicycle Facilities



Cycle hub by the Butler Street entrance, 200 spaces

Nine hoops on Platform 3


Spaces are sheltered.



08000 158 123 (08000 158 124 Textphone)

Staff Help Available

The Passenger Assist meeting point is at the Information Kiosk within the Waiting Room on Platform 3. Staff assistance is always available during the station opening hours for boarding and alighting. Turn up and go is available, although booking is recommended.

Staff Help Available Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday, 24 Hours a Day
  • Saturday, 24 Hours a Day
  • Sunday 24 Hours a Day

Induction Loop

This office has an induction loop.

Accessible Ticket Machines

There are accessible ticket machines at this station.

Height Adjusted Ticket Office Counter

Height adjusted ticket counter is available at this station.

Ramp For Train Access

A ramp for train access is available.

Step Free Access

Category B1 - This station has step-free access to all platforms via the subway (with steep ramps) or the lifts provided.

Wheelchairs Available

Wheelchairs are available.

Other Transportation

Cycle Hire

Cycle Hire is available from Leisure Lakes Bikes. A bike shop, sales, hire and services are available adjacent to Platform 7 on Butler Street, outside the Multi-Story car park.

Rail Replacement Services

Pick Up / Drop Off in the short-stay car park on Butler St.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are trains running today from Preston station?

Trains run almost every day from Preston Station, though you should expect fewer trains during weekends and on bank holidays.

Is Preston Station open?

Preston Station is open every day when trains run, from the first to the last train.

Is there a ticket office at Preston train station?

There is a ticket office at Preston Train Station in the booking hall. The ticket office is open Monday - Friday 05:45 - 22:00, Saturday 04:45 - 21:00, and Sunday 08:00 - 22:00.

How far is the walk From Preston Station to Preston city centre?

Preston Station is located in Preston City Centre, with most shopping areas reachable within a 10-minute walk.

Does Preston Station have car park facilities?

Preston Station has short-stay and long-stay car park facilities with 1025 spaces, including 18 accessible spaces.

Are there secure bike storage facilities at Preston station?

There are secure bike storage facilities at Preston Station, with 246 spaces available.