Glasgow to Preston train

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Preston

Showing times and prices for 19 Aug

Cheapest

£12

Average

£40

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

Avanti West Coast
03:28Glasgow2h27 05:55Preston
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£121One-way
Transpennine Express
18:11Glasgow2h31 20:42Preston
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£401One-way
Transpennine Express
14:08Glasgow2h35 16:43Preston
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£401One-way
Transpennine Express
16:07Glasgow2h39 18:46Preston
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£411One-way
Transpennine Express
10:07Glasgow2h38 12:45Preston
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£411One-way

Train schedule Glasgow to Preston

Showing trains for tomorrow, Friday, 19 August
Avanti West Coast
03:28Glasgow2h27 05:55Preston
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Transpennine Express
10:07Glasgow2h38 12:45Preston
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Avanti West Coast
10:33Glasgow2h24 12:57Preston
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Avanti West Coast
11:40Glasgow2h16 13:56Preston
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Transpennine Express
14:08Glasgow2h35 16:43Preston
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Transpennine Express
16:07Glasgow2h39 18:46Preston
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Transpennine Express
18:11Glasgow2h31 20:42Preston
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Avanti West Coast
19:06Glasgow2h31 21:37Preston
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Fastest train times from Glasgow to Preston

Showing times and prices for 19 Aug

Fastest Journey

2 h 16 m

Average

2 h 30 m

Trains per day

8

Distance

253 km

Of the 8 trains that leave Glasgow for Preston every day 8 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Avanti West Coast
11:40Glasgow2h16 13:56Preston
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£491One-way
Avanti West Coast
10:33Glasgow2h24 12:57Preston
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£481One-way
Avanti West Coast
03:28Glasgow2h27 05:55Preston
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£121One-way
Avanti West Coast
19:06Glasgow2h31 21:37Preston
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£481One-way
Transpennine Express
18:11Glasgow2h31 20:42Preston
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£401One-way

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Overview: Train from Glasgow to Preston

distanceDistance157 miles
durationAverage train duration2 h 16 min
priceAverage train ticket price£33 (€38)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersAvanti West Coast, Transpennine Express, Caledonian Sleeper or TransPennine Express Service

Trains from Glasgow to Preston cover the 157 miles long route taking on average 2 h 16 min with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast, Transpennine Express, Caledonian Sleeper or TransPennine Express Service. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £33, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £12. Travellers depart most frequently from Glasgow Central and arrive in Preston.

Train providers: First TransPennine Express 3 trains Glasgow to Preston

First TransPennine Express 3 trains will get you from Glasgow to Preston from £12. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

First TransPennine Express 3

Save time and money by searching for and booking your First TransPennine Express 3 train between Glasgow and Preston online with Omio! If you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest First TransPennine Express 3 train between Glasgow and Preston, Omio can help you out every step of the way. Check current First TransPennine Express 3 train timetables for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best connections for the 157 miles (253 km) trip to Preston from Glasgow as well as ticket information for the train (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard), and then book a cheap train ticket – all in one convenient place. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains between Glasgow and Preston, you can check straight away if the First TransPennine Express 3 ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when travelling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Buy your official First TransPennine Express 3 Glasgow to Preston train tickets online on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy the travel experience!

Glasgow to Preston train information with First TransPennine Express 3:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 39 min
  • First TransPennine Express 3 frequency: 9 a day

Trains from Glasgow to Preston

There are frequent train services from Glasgow to Preston daily. Direct services to Preston take around 2h 30min while connecting services on average have a total journey time of 3h 30min. Departure times vary from weekdays to weekends, with frequent services departing on average every 1-2h.

Glasgow to Preston Train Time: Daily Departures

Daily departures and the first and last trains vary daily on this route. Generally speaking, first trains from Glasgow to Preston depart around 04:20 from Monday to Friday, with services running roughly every 40-60min until around 20:00 when the last train leaves Glasgow Central station. Train services also infrequently depart from Glasgow Queen Street (connecting in Edinburgh Waverley). At weekends, first trains also depart at around 04:20. The next available train normally leaves at 07:00, with departures after that roughly every 2h until the last train at about 18:30.

How long is the journey by train from Glasgow to Preston?

Direct trains from Glasgow Central to Preston can take between 2h 20min-2h 40min, on average, making them the fastest services on this route. Some services depart from Glasgow Queen Street station, with a change in Edinburgh Waverley station, and take around 3h 30min to Preston.

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train from Glasgow. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure/arrival stations for Glasgow trains to Preston?

Departure train stations:Trains to Preston generally depart from Glasgow Central station, with a few services also operating from Queen Street. Both Glasgow Central and Queen Street stations are located right in the city centre. Glasgow Central is only a 4-min walk from Princes Street Shopping Centre, whilst Queen Street is 1min from George Square and 6min from the Buchanan Galleries. There are various public transport options near the stations, including rail and bus services. Both stations feature plenty of stores, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as accessible seating areas, toilets and step-free access throughout. There are also customer help points available to assist passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility.

Arrival train station: All trains arrive at Preston Railway station, just a short walk from Fishergate High Street. Here, you'll find Fishergate Shopping Centre (5-min walk) and St. George's Shopping Centre (10-min walk). Preston station offers step-free access to all platforms, and wheelchairs are available upon request. There are also accessible toilets, seating areas, as well as baby-changing and bike storage facilities.

Which train companies travel from Glasgow to Preston?

The main companies operating trains to Preston from Glasgow are Avanti West Coast and TransPennine Express. Both companies operate direct and 1-stop services to Preston, with trains departing at similar times, intervals and with around the same total journey times.

Night trains Glasgow

There aren't any overnight trains from Glasgow to Preston, although first services begin around 04:20 daily, usually arriving in Preston at about 07:00. Last trains depart around 19:00-20:00 on weekdays and weekends.

Avanti West Coast trains from Glasgow to Preston

Avanti West Coast trains depart frequently from Glasgow Central, with their first service available at 05:30 and running hourly until about 20:00 on weekdays. At weekends, their trains to Preston run hourly from about 04:20 until around 15:00. As schedules can change frequently, always check in advance the first and last trains for your chosen dates, especially if opting for a same-day return ticket.

TransPennine Express trains from Glasgow

Trains run by TransPennine Express depart frequently from Glasgow Central on weekdays and at weekends, with their first service beginning around 04:20 and their last finishing around 19:00 on different days of the week.

Trains from Glasgow to Preston: Sustainable travel

Are you concerned about the environmental cost of travelling? We have good news! Trains are the most sustainable way to travel nowadays, both for getting around inside your city and discovering the rest of the country. People who choose to commute by train instead of using cars or buses drastically reduce their carbon footprint, and they can make the best of their available free time on their journey to rest or keep themselves entertained. With frequent trains servicing this route, you'll see that this is an efficient and practical mode of transportation. You can research affordable fares for trains from Glasgow to Preston on Omio.

Train Glasgow to Preston: Services on Board

TransPennine Express and Avanti West Coast trains have First- and Standard-Class seats available, with First-Class areas offering Wi-Fi and catering on most services. Avanti West Coast also offers Standard Premium seating, which is more comfortable and provides access to Wi-Fi and Avanti media. If you're travelling with a bike, you'll need to reserve your spot in advance with both providers, as there is limited availability for bike spaces on board. Your pet can travel with you - but bear in mind that they may be required to travel in a pet carrier or at least be on a lead. Both companies limit the number of pets you can bring to two per passenger. Assistance animals travel free of charge. If you need help during your trip, you can use Passenger Assist on First TransPennine Express and Avanti West Coast trains, a service for the elderly and passengers with reduced mobility or disabilities.

How to find cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Preston?

As a rule, the best way to save on train fares is to travel outside peak hours, generally in the late morning to early afternoon (from 10:00-15:00) and again in the evening (from 19:00 onwards). Choosing to travel during the early morning or late evening can be cost-efficient as well. Travelling at weekends and on bank holidays also tends to be more expensive, so if you can travel around these dates, you'll be more likely to snatch a good deal. Opting for midweek journeys, booking your tickets in advance, and being flexible with your travel dates is also helpful to get good deals. If you're looking for inspiration for your next destination after securing your tickets to Preston, visit our online travel magazine The Window Seat.

most iconic monuments in Preston. Source: Shutterstock

To Preston by train—travel tips

Preston is a charming city with beautiful green spaces, such as the Avenham and Miller Park near the river, particularly popular with families and those who enjoy the outdoors. In the park café, visitors can also sit down for hot drinks during the summer months. There are several other popular parks in the Preston area, including Moor Park, Haslam Park and Ashton Park. Anyone passionate about wildlife might want to head to the Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary or the Brockholes visitor centre. If you want to know more about the history of Preston, here are some other museums and historical places you should check out:

  • Harris Museum: Visit this art gallery and museum located in the heart of the city
  • Ribble Steam Railway and Museum: Go on a 3-mile return trip and discover more about the history of locomotives in Preston
  • Samlesbury Hall: Visit this historic building with a long history dating back to 1185. Guided tours are available, and a Heritage Café serves traditional breakfasts and afternoon tea
  • Museum of Lancashire and Lancashire Infantry Museum: These two museums offer a glimpse into the history of Preston and the history of WWI and WWII
  • Preston Cenotaph, a monument to soldiers who died in the wars, located at Market Square

Travel Tips: Trains from Glasgow to Preston

Travel by train to Preston easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Glasgow to Preston.
FAQs
You can find a cheap train from Glasgow to Preston for some dates and times for as low as £12  one way in the next 7 days.
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Glasgow to Preston train price to come in at an average of £33  one way.
The train distance from Glasgow to Preston is around 157 miles.
On average the train from Glasgow to Preston duration is 2 h 16 min  for the 157 miles long route, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Glasgow Central   and arriving in Preston.

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Glasgow Central, is located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the city centre of Glasgow.

The most popular arrival train station, Preston, is located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre of Preston.

If you're looking for trains from Glasgow to Preston, you can rely on Avanti West Coast, Transpennine Express, Caledonian Sleeper or TransPennine Express Service to get you to Preston. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Glasgow to Preston trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, you can find a direct train between Glasgow and Preston with Avanti West Coast  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you buy your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
The first train from Glasgow to Preston leaves at 04: 32   and the last train for this leaves at 19: 06. Omio shows you the latest train from Glasgow to Preston schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.
You can find a train from Glasgow to Preston to cost on average £33 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Glasgow to Preston train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Preston
The major railway station for departures from Glasgow is Glasgow Central. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Glasgow Central for your trip from Glasgow to Preston.
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Mon - Sat: 05: 30 - 21: 30 | Sun: 09: 15 - 21: 30
Public transport options for Glasgow Central
Bus lines: 6, 7, 18, 21, 75, 263, 267, 500 Airport Express
Train lines: West Coast Main Line, ScotRail, Avanti West Coast, LNER, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Caledonian Sleeper
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Bus pick up / drop off on Gordon St.
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Public transport options for Glasgow Queen Street
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from the bus stop on the bridge at Cathedral Street
Metro: Interchange station for SPT Subway
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Public transport options for Charing Cross (Glasgow)
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off from Elmbank Gardens to the left of the station entrance
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Public transport options for High Street (Glasgow)
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off in front of the station on High Street
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Public transport options for Queens Park (Glasgow)
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off on Victoria Road

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