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. Blackpool Tower Ballroom remains a go-to destination for dancing fans many recall Reginald Dixon playing songs such as "I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside” on his organ.
Tip 1: Find cheaper fares by buying your train tickets in advance.
If you know in advance when you will visit Blackpool, you can find cheap train tickets in the UK. Advance tickets are made available by train companies up to 12 weeks ahead of departure, book quickly as they can sell out fast. If you are making a last-minute trip to Blackpool, you can buy an advance ticket up to one hour before you leave if they are still available, though it is best to book as early as possible.
Tip 2 Avoid booking fees to get a cheap train ticket to Blackpool.
Additional charges may be added to your booking in booking fees or credit card charges, which can be added to each journey you make. At SplitMyFare we only charge you 10% of any saving we make by splitting your ticket. You will not be charged if we can't find you a split ticket.
Tip 3: If your train is delayed then claim a refund.
It can be very annoying if you're train is delayed, especially if you are in a hurry. You can get compensation through the Delay Repay scheme by claiming a partial or full refund on your train tickets to Blackpool. Check with the Train Operating Company what their policy is, some companies payout on any delay over 15 minutes; you can then apply for your refund through them.
Trains run regularly from Preston Railway station to Blackpool South and Blackpool North railway stations. If you’re heading to the Pleasure Beach for a day trip, change at the Kirkham and Wesham railway station, take the South line and depart at the Pleasure Beach station.
Tip 4: Popular destinations at busy times can cost more.
Train prices to Blackpool can be high, especially at peak times because it is a popular travel destination. You can find the cheapest tickets to Blackpool if you are prepared to go at a quieter time on a quieter route. Demand dictates the price of train tickets, departing at Blackpool South station may be cheaper than leaving your train at the main Blackpool North station. Weekends are the busiest time to travel to Blackpool, if you can go during the week it can be cheaper.
Tip 5: You can use Groupsave when travelling with others.
Many visitors to Blackpool go as a group with friends or family. The best way to get cheap train tickets to Blackpool is by using Groupsave. If 3-9 people book and travel together on off-peak trains, they can save up to 1/3 off. Collecting with e-Tickets means you can receive tickets to your phone and forward them to your group, this avoids lots of paper tickets, there may be many if we have split your fare.
Tip 6: Compare singles and returns when booking tickets.
It may seem obvious to book a return ticket if you are making a round trip to Blackpool, but it is worth checking if two single tickets are cheaper. At Split My Fare we automatically find the cheapest combination of tickets for you.
Tip 7: Use a slower train.
Using direct trains to Blackpool will get you there fast, but a less direct train may be cheaper. If you are not in a hurry, you can save money using a slower train, on a local line. We will always show you slower trains if they are cheaper; if you wish to get to your destination faster, you can choose only to see these trains.
Blackpool Tower is one of the most popular attractions in the city with amazing views from the top. You can climb through the seven levels of attractions that include a circus, aquarium, and ballroom before reaching the observation deck at the top.
Blackpool is the only British resort that has three piers, the North, Central and South piers. The Central Pier has a giant Ferris wheel ride and other rides, though the South Pier is the busiest. If you want a relaxing walk, the North Pier is an ideal place to go.
Tip 8: First class tickets may be cheaper
First class tickets to Blackpool are normally more expensive, but they may be similar to or cheaper than standard tickets if demand is low. Your trip to Blackpool can start with the luxury of free drinks and food, table service, and bigger seats.
Tip 9: Get cheaper travel when you purchase a Railcard
A great way to get cheap train tickets is to purchase a Railcard. There are great savings to be made if you are a regular traveller, but you can save money if you only travel a few times a year. Most cards cost £30 a year or £70 for three years and give you savings of up to 1/3 off your fare. There are many Railcard available to suit your needs. The Two Together railcard is great for those who travel a lot as a couple. If you travel in a group with family or friends, the Family and Friends Railcards give a 60% saving for children and 1/3 off for adults. Up to four adults and for children are eligible for these savings. There are cards for Seniors, Disabled Persons, the Armed Forces, 16-25-year-olds, and 26-30-year-olds. Find more information on the Railcard website and purchase cards at any National Rail Ticket Office.
One of the most visited places in Blackpool is the Pleasure Beach. It’s Britain’s largest funfair park with several roller coasters, including the Big One, the tallest rollercoaster in Britain, at the height of over 200 feet.
Tip 10: Be flexible in your travel planning
We often have fixed dates in mind when we want to travel, but you can save a lot of money if you are willing to look at different dates. Using our booking engine, you could find that travelling at a different time or a day earlier will save you money.
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 trains here don't run regularly. The theme park is a short walk from Blackpool South station.