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Cheap train tickets from London to Preston

Showing times and prices for 21 May

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
11:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
13:39Preston station (PRE)
£561One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
13:163h35
London Euston (EUS)
16:51Preston station (PRE)
£561One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
13:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
15:39Preston station (PRE)
£561One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
12:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
14:39Preston station (PRE)
£561One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:163h35
London Euston (EUS)
13:51Preston station (PRE)
£631One-way
0 changes

Train timetableLondon to Preston

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, 21 May
Avanti West Coast
08:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
10:39Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:403h11
London Euston (EUS)
11:51Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:163h35
London Euston (EUS)
12:51Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
11:39Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:163h35
London Euston (EUS)
13:51Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
10:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
12:39Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
11:163h35
London Euston (EUS)
14:51Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
11:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
13:39Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
12:163h35
London Euston (EUS)
15:51Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
12:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
14:39Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
13:163h35
London Euston (EUS)
16:51Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
13:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
15:39Preston station (PRE)
0 changes

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Train times from London to Preston

Showing times and prices for 21 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 9 m

Average

2 h 50 m

Trains per day

12

Distance

306 km

Of the 12 trains that leave London for Preston every day 12 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Avanti West Coast
11:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
13:39Preston station (PRE)
£561One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Avanti West Coast
10:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
12:39Preston station (PRE)
£631One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Avanti West Coast
13:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
15:39Preston station (PRE)
£561One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Avanti West Coast
08:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
10:39Preston station (PRE)
£2131One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Avanti West Coast
09:302h09
London Euston (EUS)
11:39Preston station (PRE)
£861One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from London to Preston

distanceDistance189 miles
durationAverage train duration2 h 9 min
priceAverage train ticket price£91 (€101)
frequencyTrain frequency51 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 20 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersVirgin Trains, East Coast, East Midlands Trains or West Midlands Trains

Trains from London to Preston cover the 189 miles long trip taking on average 2 h 9 min with our travel partners like Virgin Trains, East Coast, East Midlands Trains or West Midlands Trains. Normally, there are 51 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £91, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £36. Travellers depart most frequently from London Waterloo and arrive in Preston.

Trains from London to Preston

Trains from London to Preston are operated by Avanti West Coast and can take roughly between 2h 08min and 3h 30min, route dependent. Trains leave from London Euston station and arrive at Preston Station, and passengers can travel on to Bamber Bridge, a neighbouring station roughly 3 miles from Preston. Trains are frequent, and passengers can expect two to five trains to leave every hour Monday to Saturday and one to two every hour on Sundays.

London to Preston Train Time: Daily Departures

London to Preston trains run very regularly; from Monday to Saturday, passengers can expect up to four or five trains to run every hour at peak times (mostly the morning and evening commute). The first trains are often around 05:31, and the last runs around 21:36. On Sundays, trains are less frequent and run roughly every 2-4 hours. Times vary each week based on availability, so be sure to check the updated timetables on our website.

How long is the journey from London to Preston?

A direct London to Preston train journey usually takes between 2h 08min and 3h 30min. The longer, non-direct trains usually change at Manchester Piccadilly or Crewe, and Avanti West Coast provides a service for passengers to continue on to Bamber Bridge, a station close to Preston and popular for commuters. This requires changing at Preston Station and as such, may extend the journey up to about 4h 24min, but often this full journey takes only around 2h 36min.

Bridge and Westminster in London. Source: Shutterstock

What are the arrival and departure stations for trains from London to Preston?

Departure train station: Passengers taking a train from London to Preston will depart from London Euston Station. Euston Station is in Camden, in central London. Euston Station is easily accessible via the Northern Line and is the sixth busiest station in the UK. It provides a range of amenities for travellers, including toilets and changing facilities, showers, seating, left luggage, lost property, cashpoints and bureau de change. The station also offers Wifi, a number of cafes and bars as well as small shops.

Arrival train station: Preston Station is easily accessible by foot, approximately 10min from the city centre, but there are a number of buses which service this route: 100, 111, 12, 61, 74 and 75. Preston Station also has a car park and bike storage facilities. Toilets, baby-change facilities and a waiting room are available at the station, as is access for passengers with disabilities. There are a couple of cafes in the station, but for a wider choice, passengers may wish to visit the neighbouring Fishergate Centre.

Which train companies travel from London to Preston?

Avanti West Coast is the only travel company that provides trains from London to Preston, both direct and single change. Their services provide free Wifi, on-board entertainment through their app, first-class carriages and food and drink. Their app also allows travellers to track trains as well as book and organise their tickets.

Night trains London

There are no night trains available from London to Preston. However, other public transport in London caters to night time travel, so connections to the station are possible at most times. To access Euston Station, take the Northern Line, which usually operates roughly between 06:27 and 23:58. There are some night buses which service Euston Station: N253, N20 and N5. The station is usually open 07:00-23:00 Monday-Saturday and 08:00-23:00 on Sunday.

Avanti West Coast trains from London to Preston

Avanti West Coast is a train operator which provides services across key cities in the UK. Their services are frequent, and passengers can expect multiple direct London to Preston trains within the hour. Their fastest direct trains between London and Euston take only around 2h 08min. On a weekday, there are multiple direct trains during the day, and travellers can expect about one every hour during morning commute times (about 07:30 to 10:30). Longer train services often travel through Crewe or Manchester Piccadilly.

Trains from London to Preston: Sustainability travel

Rail transport is a very sustainable way to travel. It’s well known that transport constitutes one of the most polluting sectors and as such, public transport is being made cheaper and more accessible, to encourage travellers to opt for train or bus travel. Passengers who opt to travel by rail can expect to cut their own travel emissions by ~80% compared to taking a car, and even further compared to flying. Short distance flights, for example, from London to Preston, are the most detrimental to the planet, and travellers should weigh this up when selecting their travel routes. For destinations which allow you to travel with sustainability in mind, read the sustainability issue of our online magazine, The Window Seat.

Train from London to Preston: Services on Board

Avanti West Coast offers a range of services for passengers travelling on board. They offer three ways to travel: standard, standard premium and first class. Standard travel passengers can expect free Wifi, power points and food and drinks ordered to your seat. If you opt for standard premium, expect additional legroom, and first-class passengers will additionally experience pre-boarding lounges in select stations, complimentary food and drinks and a dedicated onboard service. Overhead luggage smaller than 11 x 27 x 35 in (30 x 70 x 90 cm) can be stored easily in your compartment, but luggage exceeding this size should be in allocated areas by the internal doors of the carriage. Passengers are able to travel with up to two pets free of charge. You’ll need to make a reservation for a bike, but it is free of charge too. They have an app for purchasing and amending tickets, as well as keeping up with live train times. They also have a lost property service and offer an assisted-travel option for passengers with disabilities.

How to find cheap train tickets from London to Preston

There are a range of options when booking a train from London to Preston, meaning passengers are able to select routes and times which may keep the price of their ticket low. Your best option when booking a cheap London to Preston train is to book a few weeks in advance, especially for travel during peak times. This is especially true when booking a Preston to London train, as you may find you’ll be competing for space during morning and evening commute times. Where possible, it may help to be flexible with travel dates; Tuesday or Wednesday travel is often the cheapest, with weekend prices usually higher. Trains which offer a stop (London to Preston stops usually include Manchester Piccadilly or Crewe) are often cheaper, especially if passengers are willing to wait at the connecting station for a period of time. If you’re not pushed for time, opting to take a longer journey rather than a high-speed service will usually save you some money as well.

Miller Park in Preston. Source: Shutterstock

To Preston by train—travel tips

Preston, named the best city to live and work in the North West, offers a range of things to do for both tourists and locals. Preston is a beautiful and historic city, with an array of outdoor sights, shopping and museums. For food and drink, tourists have many options, from cocktail bars and fine dining to pub lunches and coffee shops. Preston is also located only a short distance away from some of the largest and busiest cities in the north of England, and it’s station allows tourists easy access to them all.

  • Brockholes Nature Reserve
  • Harris Museum & Art Gallery
  • Bowland Wild Boar Park
  • Preston Docks
  • Wacky World Preston
  • Palace Cinema
  • Ribble Steam Railway & Museum

FAQs: London to Preston train

FAQs: Travel by train from London 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 London to Preston.
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Cheap train tickets from London to Preston can start from as little as £36 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for London to Preston is £91; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the London to Preston train travel time is 2 h 9 min   for the 189 mile long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from London to Preston leaves at 04: 31. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from London to Preston leaves at 21: 39.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Preston without having to change trains with Virgin Trains. There are 20 direct trains from London to Preston each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Preston. Take the fast train with East Midlands Trains from London to Preston.
For the best London to Preston train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Virgin Trains, East Coast, East Midlands Trains or West Midlands Trains. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from London to Preston to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 21: 39.

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Waterloo, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 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 London is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 2 h 9 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from London to Preston by train is November.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel between London and Preston including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in London and Preston

London
Preston
The major railway station for departures from London is London Waterloo. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at London Waterloo for your trip from London to Preston.
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+44 3451652030
Public transport options for London Waterloo
Onward travel information: Waterloo is well connected to London's public transport network. Waterloo Underground station serves the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Plan a journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Buses depart from several points around the station. All Transport for London Buses are accessible with step free access and have a dedicated mobility space. Buses from Waterloo (tfl. Gov. Uk) The station has a dedicated taxi rank for London Black Taxis on the roadway outside exit 3. Santander Hire Bicycles are available from the docking stations outside. Santander Cycles - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Waterloo is within easy walking distance of the South Bank and a number of visitor attractions. Walking - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
Metro: Waterloo Underground station is served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Step free access is available to and from the Jubilee Line. For more information on London Transport accessibility: Plan an accessible journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
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Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Public transport options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Go to Platform 2, there is a gate adjacent to the station from the main road.
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Public transport options for London Paddington
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
Metro: Tube Lines.
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Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
Public transport options for London St Pancras International
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
Bus lines: 326, 139
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+44 3450774224
Public transport options for London Victoria
Onward travel information: Victoria Bus Station at Station Front
Location for Rail Replacement Services: When weekend engineering dictate that replacement bus services will operate, these will usually depart from the immediate Station front/Terminus Place. Travel from London Victoria is usually conveyed by London Buses in these instances. Check posters and staff for more details.
Metro: Underground services: Victoria Line, District Line and Circle Line
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+44 345 711 4141
Public transport options for London Liverpool Street
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Replacement transport stop on either Liverpool Street (outside the station entrance), or beside Platform 10, depending on operational requirements
Metro: Liverpool Street underground station has connections to the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
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Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Public transport options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
Metro: N/A
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Public transport options for London Bridge
Onward travel information: The Bus Station is located directly outside the main entrance at upper level. There are also bus stops outside on Tooley Street. For further information on buses, a bus information kiosk is also located outside the main doors of the station at upper level.
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement bus services are usually found outside the front of the station. However this is sometimes subject to change. Please check engineering posters or consult a member of staff.
Metro: For North and North East Kent and South East London
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Public transport options for London Marylebone
Location for Rail Replacement Services: At station entrance.
Metro: Bakerloo Line.
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Public transport options for London Fenchurch Street
Onward travel information: Rail replacement buses will stop outside HSBC on Fenchurch Street. Aldgate Bus Station. Details of the buses serving Fenchurch Street and Aldgate area, and the Bus Stops they are using is available here
Metro: London Underground (Circle Line and District Line) at Tower Hill - 200m from the Tower Hill exit London Underground (Metropolitan Line, Circle Line) at Aldgate - 300m from Fenchurch Place exit. Docklands Light Railway at Tower Gateway - 300m from the Tower Hill exit.
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Public transport options for London Charing Cross
Metro: Bakerloo Line Northern Line.
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