The vibrant city of Liverpool draws in tourists, businesspeople and students from across the country. Getting there is easy thanks to a fast and frequent train service from many different UK railway stations. Most services are direct and those that are not usually involve only a single change at a major transport hub such as Manchester or Birmingham.
Liverpool Lime Street is Liverpool's main railway station and the destination for most passengers travelling to the city on mainline rail services. The station is located in the city centre, opposite St George's Hall and less than 10 minutes by foot from Liverpool One bus station.
Five train companies currently offer trains to Liverpool. Northern operates the majority of services, connecting the city with Manchester, Blackpool, Wigan, Warrington and Crewe. TransPennine Express connects the city to Newcastle and Scarborough. Virgin Trains links London Euston with Liverpool, and also calls at several other stations, including Stafford, Crewe and Runcorn. London Northwestern Railway provides an alternative service, via Birmingham, from London Euston. Finally, Transport for Wales runs services between Chester and Liverpool Lime Street.
Fast rail services connect much of the UK with Liverpool. Upon arrival at Liverpool Lime Street, onward travel is straightforward. As well as the usual buses and taxis, Merseyrail, Merseyside's local train service, connects the station to Liverpool's other railways stations and also to the Wirral, Chester and Ellesmere Port. Passengers whose ultimate destination is central Liverpool will find that Liverpool Lime Street is within walking distance of many of the city's top attractions, including the Albert Dock, both cathedrals, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool One shopping centre.
The majority of people who arrive in Liverpool by train pull into the grand surroundings of Liverpool Lime Street. Central Liverpool is easy to navigate on foot from the station, with tourist hotspots such as the Albert Dock and the Cavern Club within just a short stroll. Meanwhile, nearby James Street railway station is the starting point for the Beatles Magical Mystery bus tour. The city's two famous football clubs both lie a couple of miles outside central Liverpool but are straightforward to reach by local bus or taxi. Those looking for something less ordinary may want to experience a Shiverpool ghost tour of the city, taking you around the most haunted areas of Liverpool.