Preston travel guide

Preston Tourism | Preston Guide

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 4 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. For delicious green meals, The Cartford Inn (Cartford Ln) and Afternoon Tea at the Heritage Cafe (Samlesbury Hall Preston New Road) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Preston.

When to visit Preston

Preston in January
Estimated hotel price
$112
1 night at 3-star hotel
Preston in January
Estimated hotel price
$112
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.

Data provided by weatherbase
Temperatures
Temperatures
Data provided by weatherbase

How to Get to Preston

Plane

When flying to Preston, you’ll arrive at Blackpool (BLK), which is located 21 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Preston from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 35h 35m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Preston, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Preston to London takes 2h 06m and costs around $385 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Edinburgh, expect to pay about $205 for a 3h 14m trip. Located 12 km from the city centre, Preston Kirkham & Wesham is the busiest station in Preston. Another popular train station is Preston Bamber Bridge, located 5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Preston is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 306 km 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 National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Preston takes 80 km and will cost you around $18. From Leeds, the ticket costs about $11 for a journey of 137 km. The most popular bus station is Preston Fulwood, located 3 km from the city centre of Preston. Preston Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 0.6 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Preston, you’ll arrive at Blackpool (BLK), which is located 21 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Preston from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 35h 35m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Preston, followed by Avanti West Coast. The train journey from Preston to London takes 2h 06m and costs around $385 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Edinburgh, expect to pay about $205 for a 3h 14m trip. Located 12 km from the city centre, Preston Kirkham & Wesham is the busiest station in Preston. Another popular train station is Preston Bamber Bridge, located 5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Preston is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 306 km 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 National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Liverpool, the bus ride to Preston takes 80 km and will cost you around $18. From Leeds, the ticket costs about $11 for a journey of 137 km. The most popular bus station is Preston Fulwood, located 3 km from the city centre of Preston. Preston Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 0.6 km from the city centre.

Airports near Preston

Airlines serving Preston

Lufthansa
Good (4,682 reviews)
KLM
Good (843 reviews)
SWISS
Good (938 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,723 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,197 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,464 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,599 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,110 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,952 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,377 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,198 reviews)
Finnair
Good (786 reviews)
LOT
Good (675 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,172 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (847 reviews)
Show more

Where to stay in Preston

Average rates range from around $153 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $141 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Preston

Most booked hotels in Preston

Big Blue Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$159+
Holiday Inn Preston
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$159+
Imperial Hotel Blackpool
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$113+
Barton Manor Hotel & Spa, BW Signature Collection
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
$191+
Travelodge Blackpool South Shore
3 stars
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
$105+
ibis Preston North
2 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
$99+

Hiring a car in Preston

Expect to pay $3.01 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 $36.02 and $48.03. Economy (Opel Crossland X or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Preston, while also 10% cheaper than other types, on average.

Expect to pay $3.01 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 $36.02 and $48.03. Economy (Opel Crossland X or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Preston, while also 10% cheaper than other types, on average.