Preston travel guide

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You're Going to Love Preston

With a population of 190,687, Preston is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Preston has to offer.

Where to Eat in Preston

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Pantry@Maxy Farm (Sandy Lane Cottam) and The Legh Arms (The Gravel) are great picks.

When to visit Preston

Preston in January
Estimated hotel price
£54
1 night at 3-star hotel
Preston in January
Estimated hotel price
£54
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Preston in July, when the average temperature is 15 °C, and the highest can go up to 19 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 1 °C, with an average temperature of 3 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 100 mm. In contrast, March is usually the driest month of the year in Preston, with an average rainfall of 50 mm.

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How to Get to Preston

Plane

When flying to Preston, you’ll arrive at Blackpool (BLK), which is located 13 miles from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Preston departs from Belfast and takes around 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Preston, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Preston to Liverpool takes 0h 37m and costs around £11 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bradford, expect to pay about £21 for a 1h 24m trip. Located 7 miles from the city centre, Preston Kirkham & Wesham is the busiest station in Preston. Another popular train station is Preston Bamber Bridge, located 3 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Preston is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 190 miles from Preston. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Preston, including Megabus, National Express and FlixBus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Preston takes 19 miles and will cost you around £6. From Leeds, the ticket costs about £8 for a journey of 70 miles. The most popular bus station is Preston Fulwood, located 2 miles from the city centre of Preston. Preston Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 0.3 miles from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Preston, you’ll arrive at Blackpool (BLK), which is located 13 miles from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Preston departs from Belfast and takes around 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Preston, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Preston to Liverpool takes 0h 37m and costs around £11 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bradford, expect to pay about £21 for a 1h 24m trip. Located 7 miles from the city centre, Preston Kirkham & Wesham is the busiest station in Preston. Another popular train station is Preston Bamber Bridge, located 3 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Preston is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 190 miles from Preston. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Preston, including Megabus, National Express and FlixBus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Preston takes 19 miles and will cost you around £6. From Leeds, the ticket costs about £8 for a journey of 70 miles. The most popular bus station is Preston Fulwood, located 2 miles from the city centre of Preston. Preston Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 0.3 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Preston

Airlines serving Preston

Lufthansa
Good (4,434 reviews)
KLM
Good (808 reviews)
SWISS
Good (908 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,209 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,597 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,231 reviews)
Air France
Good (968 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,525 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (478 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,839 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,095 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,461 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,356 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (797 reviews)
Finnair
Good (895 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,100 reviews)
LOT
Good (672 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (870 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (804 reviews)
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Where to stay in Preston

Average rates range from around £81 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £135 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Preston

Most booked hotels in Preston

The Imperial Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£35+
Holiday Inn Express Preston - South
3 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£72+
Barton Manor Hotel & Spa, BW Signature Collection
4 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
£84+
Travelodge Blackpool South Shore
3 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
£31+
ibis Preston North
2 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
£44+
Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel
4 stars
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
£56+

Hiring a car in Preston

Hiring a car in Preston costs £35 per day, on average, or £71 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 17% more expensive than at Manchester.

Expect to pay £1.43 per litre in Preston (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.07 and £22.75. The most frequently booked car type in Preston is Compact (Kia Cee'd SW or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Seat Ibiza or similar) is, on average, 68% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Preston costs £35 per day, on average, or £71 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 17% more expensive than at Manchester.

Expect to pay £1.43 per litre in Preston (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.07 and £22.75. The most frequently booked car type in Preston is Compact (Kia Cee'd SW or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Seat Ibiza or similar) is, on average, 68% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.