Lancaster travel guide

Lancaster Tourism | Lancaster Guide

You're Going to Love Lancaster

With a population of 47.162, Lancaster is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Lancaster to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Lancaster

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Cornerhouse (15 New St) and Hest Bank (2 Hest Bank Lane) are great picks.

When to visit Lancaster

Lancaster in November
Estimated hotel price
£67
1 night at 3-star hotel
Lancaster in November
Estimated hotel price
£67
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Lancaster

Plane

Although Lancaster doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Leeds/Bradford Airport (LBA), which is located 77 km from Lancaster. The shortest domestic flight to Lancaster departs from Belfast and takes around 1h.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Lancaster, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Lancaster to Leeds takes 1h 00m and costs around £18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about £11 for a 1h 28m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Lancaster is the busiest station in Lancaster. Another popular train station is Lancaster Bentham, located 20 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Lancaster is to pick up a car hire from Manchester, which is about 73 km from Lancaster. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in Manchester.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Lancaster, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Lancaster takes 72 km and will cost you around £7. From Leeds, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 113 km. Lancaster’s bus station is located 4 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Lancaster doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Leeds/Bradford Airport (LBA), which is located 77 km from Lancaster. The shortest domestic flight to Lancaster departs from Belfast and takes around 1h.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Lancaster, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Lancaster to Leeds takes 1h 00m and costs around £18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about £11 for a 1h 28m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Lancaster is the busiest station in Lancaster. Another popular train station is Lancaster Bentham, located 20 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Lancaster is to pick up a car hire from Manchester, which is about 73 km from Lancaster. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in Manchester.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Lancaster, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Lancaster takes 72 km and will cost you around £7. From Leeds, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 113 km. Lancaster’s bus station is located 4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Lancaster

Airlines serving Lancaster

Lufthansa
Good (4,575 reviews)
KLM
Good (851 reviews)
SWISS
Good (919 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,399 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,590 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,276 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,542 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,924 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,119 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,662 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (222 reviews)
Finnair
Good (886 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (833 reviews)
LOT
Good (681 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,153 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (915 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (830 reviews)
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Where to stay in Lancaster

Average rates range from around £87 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £131 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Lancaster

Most booked hotels in Lancaster

Thurnham Hall Resort
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£53+
Toll House Inn
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£111+
The Crown Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
£69+
Pine Lake Resort
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£63+
Midland Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£121+
Lancaster House Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£115+

Hiring a car in Lancaster

Hiring a car in Lancaster costs £37 per day, on average.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 16% more expensive than at Manchester.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Lancaster (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Lancaster is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Class Mini Car or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Lancaster costs £37 per day, on average.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 16% more expensive than at Manchester.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Lancaster (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Lancaster is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Class Mini Car or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.