Trains to Blackpool
Cheap Trains to Blackpool
"I’d rather be on Blackpool Beach than Bondi Beach” Leon Pryce
Blackpool is a seaside town in North West England known for the Pleasure Beach theme park, its three piers and the Blackpool Tower. While many of the younger locals and tourists head to Blackpool for weekend parties, the older clientele can soak up the resort town’s nostalgia. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom remains a go-to destination for ballroom dancing fans, and many would recall Reginald Dixon playing his organ with songs such as, "I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside”.
Tip 1: Find cheaper fares by buying your train ticket in advance
If you have planned ahead when you are going to visit Blackpool book your ticket in advance to make the greatest savings. The tickets are made available by train companies as much as 12 weeks ahead of your journey departure date so act quickly to avoid disappointment as they can sell out fast. Sometimes it is not possible to know ahead of time when you will be visiting Blackpool but it can be possible to get an advance ticket as little as an hour before you are leaving if they are still available but it is best to try to book early.
Tip 2 Make sure to avoid booking fees for a cheap train ticket to Blackpool
There can be unforeseen charges added to your bill in the form of booking fees and credit card fees which can be added which each journey you make. We at Split My Fare only charge you 10% of anything we manage to save you by splitting your ticket which makes us a cheaper option. You will not be charged anything if we can't get you a cheaper deal by splitting your ticket. We also have purchase protection built-in as we are National Rail Accredited retailer, which gives you confidence when using us.
Tip 3: If your train is delayed then claim a refund
Delayed trains can be very annoying as you may be in a hurry to enjoy all that Blackpool has to offer. You can get compensation through using the Delay Repay scheme by claiming a partial or full refund on any regular or discounted train tickets to Blackpool. You need to check with your Train Operating Company what their policy is on minimum delay but some companies pay out even if the delay is as little as 15 minutes, you can then apply for your refund through them.
There are trains that run regularly from Preston Railway station going to the Blackpool South and Blackpool North railway stations. Blackpool North is the main station and if you’re heading to the Pleasure Beach for a day trip, change at the Kirkham and Wesham railway station and take the South line. Get off at the Pleasure Beach station, which is just before the last station.
Tip 4: Popular destinations at popular times can be pricey
Train prices to Blackpool can be expensive especially if you go at peak times as it is a popular place. You can find the cheapest way to get to Blackpool if you are prepared to go at a quieter time by a quieter route. The price of tickets fluctuate as they are priced on demand so using the Blackpool South station could work out saving you money in comparison to using the main Blackpool North station. Obviously weekends are when most people want to journey to Blackpool to experience the pleasures on offer but if you are willing to go midweek it can be a lot cheaper.
Tip 5: You can use Groupsave when travelling with others
Many people visiting Blackpool will be going as a group with their friends or relatives and will want to find cheap train tickets to Blackpool . The best way to achieve this is by using Groupsave which means that if there are between 3-9 people they can save up to 1/3 off the price. For this to work you must book together and travel together on off-peak trains. Using Split My Fare E-ticket facility you can receive your tickets on your phone and forward them to the other members of the group this avoid having lots of paper tickets especially if we manage to split your fare for you.
Tip 6: Check both singles and returns when booking tickets
Return tickets may seem the automatic choice when planning cheap travel to Blackpool but it is worth checking to make sure that 2 single tickets or an open return are not more reasonable. At Split My Fare we have taken the hard work out of this by automatically finding the cheapest tickets for you.
Tip 7: Use a slower train
Using direct trains to Blackpool may get you there quickly but will not be the most financially beneficial. If you are not in a hurry you can save money by using a slower train on a less direct or local line. If the slower train is less expensive we will show you this option but if you wish to get there faster you can choose to be only shown those trains on our site.
The Blackpool Tower is one of the most popular attractions in the city with truly mesmerising views from the top. You can climb through the seven levels of attractions that include a circus, aquarium and the ballroom, before reaching the observation deck at the top.
Blackpool is the only British resort town that has three piers - the North, Central and South piers. The Central Pier has a giant Ferris wheel ride and other children’s rides, although the South Pier is the busiest of the three. If you want a more relaxing vibe, then the North Pier would be an ideal place to go.
Tip 8: First class tickets may be cheaper than you imagine
Using 1st class tickets on your trip to Blackpool might seem like a luxury but depending on what the demand is they can be surprisingly comparable with standard tickets. If not many 1st tickets have been sold you could buy tickets and even make a saving. Your holiday can start on the train to Blackpool with the luxury of having free drinks, available food and more spacious seating.
Tip 9: Get cheaper travel if you purchase a Railcard
A great, easy tool to assure you cheaper travel is to purchase a Railcard. There are great savings to be made if you are a regular railway traveller but you can save money even if you travel around 3 times a year. Most cards only cost £30 per year or £70 for three years and can give you savings of up to 1/3 each time you use it. There are many choices of Railcard depending on what your situation is. If you travel a lot as a couple the Two Together card would be ideal for you. If you have a large family or want to travel with family friends the Family and Friends Railcards can provide 60% saving each time and up to 1/3 off for most adults. Up to 4 adults and 4 children can use each card to make these savings. There are cards for Seniors, Disabled Persons, Armed Forces personnel, 16-25 yr olds, 26-39 yr olds and a Network Railcard. To find out more information on this service use the railcards website and purchase cards at any National Rail Ticket Office.
One of the most visited places in Blackpool is the Pleasure Beach. It’s also Britain’s largest funfair park with several roller coasters, including the Big One, which is the tallest rollercoaster in Britain, standing at a height of more than 200 feet.
Tip 10: Consider being flexible in your travel planning
When planning a trip we often have definite ideas of what date and time we want to travel but it is more financially useful if you consider being flexible by using our journey planner to see what your cheapest options are. You could find that travelling at a more unpopular time will help you have more money to spend on Blackpool pleasures.
Main stations in Blackpool
- Blackpool North
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach
- Blackpool South
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a direct train to Blackpool?
Direct trains to Blackpool run from Manchester Picadilly, Birmingham New Street, Leeds and London Euston.
Can you get a train to Blackpool Pleasure Beach?
There is a railway station at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, though the trains don't run regularly.