Manchester to Blackpool by train

How to take a rail journey from Manchester to Blackpool

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From Manchester to Blackpool

Travel Information

Final destination: Blackpool

These trains commence their journeys in the station at Manchester Airport and after departure from Piccadilly station they also call at Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate; a simple connection with the Manchester Metrolink trams is available at Deansgate.

Monday to Saturday = 2 x trains per hour
Sunday = 1 x train per hour

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

The train company Northern offers discounted Advance tickets on this route from weeks ahead of travel, but what's good to know is that they can still be booked online (and saved to a mobile device) up until shortly before departure.
You can save a few £s by booking ahead, though you will have to select a specific departure, but if you then subsequently change your travel plans, you can't claim a refund.

But if you book online on you travel date you won't risk this scenario and the price will still be cheaper than what you would pay when booking last minute at the station.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Northern *

Northern Guide

Train operating company Northern offers discounted Advance tickets, which enable a saving of up to 65% from most of the stations used by its train.
They're placed on sale from six weeks ahead, which differs from the norm of how Advance tickets are usually sold; and they are available until shortly before the departure time.

National Rail *

National Rail Guide

In Great Britain each Train Operating Company provides its own booking service for journeys by its trains, but many of their websites also sell tickets for nationwide journeys, regardless of which company operates the trains on the routes you wish to travel by.

The National Rail website is plugged into all of the train operator's booking services, so when more than one of these companies offers tickets for a route, it in effect offers a price comparison service.
It isn't a ticket agent, so you will be connected to the website of your choice in order to make a booking.

On this journey

Good to Know

The transfer between the Metrolink Trams is easier at Deansgate compared to connecting into the part of the station at Piccadilly which these trains depart from.
Though these can be busy trains, with passengers boarding at Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations, prior to the call at Deansgate and seat reservations are not available on these trains.

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