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 18 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 October
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Preston in October
Estimated hotel price
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


When flying to Preston, you’ll arrive at Blackpool (BLK), which is located 13 miles from the city centre. The shortest flight to Preston from New Zealand departs from Wellington and takes around 42h 15m.


Avanti West Coast is the most popular train carrier serving Preston, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Preston to Birmingham takes 1h 55m and costs around $55 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from London, expect to pay about $24 for a 2h 06m 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.


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.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Preston, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Preston takes 45 miles and will cost you around $13. From Leeds, the ticket costs about $17 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

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Cathay Pacific
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Where to stay in Preston

Average rates range from around $137 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $169 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Preston

Most booked hotels in Preston

Blackpool Fc Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Holiday Inn Preston
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
The Imperial Hotel
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Holiday Inn Express Preston - South
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Travelodge Blackpool South Shore
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
ibis Preston North
Good (7.2, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Preston

Hiring a car in Preston costs $77 per day, on average, or $1,378 if you want to hire it for 18 days.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 23% more expensive than at Manchester.

Expect to pay $3.21 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 $38.52 and $51.36. The most frequently booked car type in Preston is Full-size (Ford Transit or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Vauxhall Corsa or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.