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Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Preston

Showing times and prices for 25 May

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Glasgow to Preston is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
11:375h58
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
17:35Bamber Bridge station (BMB)
£531One-way
3 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
11:375h54
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
17:31Lostock Hall station (LOH)
£531One-way
3 changes

Train timetableGlasgow to Preston

Showing trains for tomorrow, Saturday, 25 May
Avanti West Coast
11:375h58
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
17:35Bamber Bridge station (BMB)
3 changes
Avanti West Coast
11:375h54
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
17:31Lostock Hall station (LOH)
3 changes

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Train times from Glasgow to Preston

Showing times and prices for 25 May

Fastest Journey

5 h 54 m

Average

5 h 56 m

Trains per day

2

Distance

253 km

To travel from Glasgow to Preston you need to make at least 3 changes.

Fastest
Avanti West Coast
11:375h54
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
17:31Lostock Hall station (LOH)
£531One-way
3 changes
Avanti West Coast
11:375h58
Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ)
17:35Bamber Bridge station (BMB)
£531One-way
3 changes

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Overview: Train from Glasgow to Preston

distanceDistance157 miles
durationAverage train duration2 h 15 min
priceAverage train ticket price£35 (€39)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersVirgin Trains, TransPennine Express, East Coast, ScotRail or Caledonian Sleeper

Trains from Glasgow to Preston cover the 157 miles long trip taking on average 2 h 15 min with our travel partners like Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, East Coast, ScotRail or Caledonian Sleeper. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £13, but the average price of train tickets is £35. Travellers depart most frequently from Glasgow Central and arrive in Preston.

Train providers: Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and ScotRail trains Glasgow to Preston

You can travel by train to Preston from Glasgow with Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and ScotRail for as low as £23. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best journey.

Avanti West Coast is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates high-speed trains between London and major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company offers a range of ticket types, including Standard, First Class and Advance tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks. The most popular routes for Avanti West Coast are London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to Glasgow. The company operates a fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains, which offer a smooth and comfortable journey.

Glasgow to Preston train information with Virgin Trains:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 15 min
  • Cheapest Price: £23
  • Virgin Trains frequency: 18 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

FAQs: Glasgow to Preston train

FAQs: Travel by train from Glasgow 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.
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Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Preston can start from as little as £13 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Glasgow to Preston is £35; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Glasgow to Preston train travel time is 2 h 15 min   for the 157 mile long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Glasgow to Preston leaves at 04: 33. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Glasgow to Preston leaves at 20: 08.
Yes, there are 25 direct trains a day from Glasgow to Preston with Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express or Caledonian Sleeper. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct trains.
For the best Glasgow to Preston train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, East Coast, ScotRail or Caledonian Sleeper. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services between Glasgow and Preston to compare what amenities they may offer.
Yes, you can take a night train from Glasgow to Preston with Caledonian Sleeper. Find all the info regarding night trains in Europe.  

Passengers board the train most frequently from Glasgow Central, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Preston, located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Preston from Glasgow is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 2 h 15 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Glasgow to Preston by train is February.
You have options as you can travel between Glasgow and Preston 2 different ways: train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Glasgow and Preston

Glasgow
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 to Preston from Glasgow.
Amenities at station
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ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
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TaxisTaxis
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Ticket Office Hours
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.
Glasgow Queen StreetWifiParkingAccessibility
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ParkingParking
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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
Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen StreetAccessibility
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Glasgow Airport
Charing Cross (Glasgow)ShoppingParkingATMAccessibility
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ParkingParking
ATMATM
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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
Queens Park (Glasgow)ParkingAccessibility
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Queens Park (Glasgow)
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Buses pick up/drop off on Victoria Road
High Street (Glasgow)ShoppingParkingAccessibility
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ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
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
Glasgow, Nithsdale Road
Glasgow, Telephone Exchange

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