There are 11 ways to get from Belfast to Preston by car ferry, train, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Carferry, train via Douglas, Isle of Man  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take the carferry from Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man
  2. Take the carferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool
  3. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Preston

$45 - $147

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Carferry Stena Line, train  •  9 h 56 min

  1. Take the carferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead
  2. Take the train from Liverpool Lime Street to Preston

$53 - $61

Carferry, train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Take the carferry from Larne to Cairnryan
  2. Take the train from Stranraer to Ayr
  3. Take the train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
  4. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Preston

$161 - $349

Carferry, bus  •  10 h 51 min

  1. Take the carferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead
  2. Take the bus from Queen Square Bus Station to Preston City Centre, Arrival Stand X2

$54 - $57

Bus, bus and ferry  •  14 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras X2a / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to Manchester 880
  3. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Preston, Lancashire

$54 - $69

Carferry, drive  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Take the carferry from Larne to Cairnryan
  2. Drive from Cairnryan to Preston

$72 - $162

Fly Belfast City to Manchester, train  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Manchester (MAN) BHD - MAN
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

$54 - $190

Fly Belfast (Aldergrove) to Manchester, train  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Manchester (MAN) BFS - MAN
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

$57 - $164

Fly Belfast City to Leeds Bradford, train  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) BHD - LBA
  2. Take the train from Leeds to Preston

$65 - $210

Fly Belfast (Aldergrove) to Liverpool, train  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Liverpool (LPL) BFS - LPL
  2. Take the train from Liverpool South Parkway to Warrington Central
  3. Take the train from Warrington Bank Quay to Preston

$63 - $171

Fly Belfast City to Liverpool, train  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Liverpool (LPL) BHD - LPL
  2. Take the train from Warrington Bank Quay to Preston

$71 - $317

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Belfast to Preston. However, there are services departing from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre and arriving at Preston, Lancashire via Dublin and Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 55 min.

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The distance between Belfast and Preston is 143 miles.

The best way to get from Belfast to Preston without a car is to carferry and train which takes 8 h 22 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 22 min to get from Belfast to Preston, including transfers.

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Belfast to Preston bus services, operated by Bus Eireann, depart from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre station.

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The quickest flight from Belfast City Airport to Manchester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Belfast to Preston bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Preston, Lancashire station.

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Flybe offers flights from Belfast City Airport to Manchester Airport.

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There are 1074+ hotels available in Preston. Prices start at $41 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Belfast City Airport is to line 600 shuttle which takes 8 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Belfast to Preston.
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  • Distance: 143.2 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 22 min

What companies run services between Belfast, Northern Ireland and Preston, England?

There is no direct connection from Belfast to Preston. However, you can take the carferry to Douglas, Isle of Man, take the carferry to Liverpool, take the walk to Liverpool, Goree (Georges Dock Way), take the bus to Queen Square Bus Station, take the walk to Liverpool Lime Street, then take the train to Preston. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Belfast to Preston via Liverpool Birkenhead, Birkenhead Hamilton Square, Liverpool Central Loop Line, and Liverpool Lime Street in around 9 h 56 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Belfast City to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Belfast City to Manchester via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$35 - $260
Flights from Belfast City to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Belfast City to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $500
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $190
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $160
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $160
Train operators
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Liverpool Lime Street to Preston
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Preston
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Liverpool South Parkway to Warrington Central
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Stranraer to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $22
Train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$6 - $9
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Preston
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$70 - $110
Anytime Day Single
$110 - $180
Train from Warrington Bank Quay to Preston
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$13 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Preston
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$30 - $45
Off-Peak Day Single
$50 - $75
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $14
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $25
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Liverpool South Parkway to Warrington Central
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$2 - $5
Off-Peak Single
$5 - $9
Anytime Day Single
$6 - $10
Anytime Single
$8 - $12
Bus operators
Stagecoach in Lancashire
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Queen Square Bus Station to Preston City Centre, Arrival Stand
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Dublin to Manchester
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Preston, Lancashire
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Website
steam-packet.com
Car ferry from Belfast to Douglas, Isle of Man
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14 - $65
Schedules at
steam-packet.com
Single offer
$34
Standard fare
$62
Car ferry from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $65
Schedules at
steam-packet.com
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Liverpool Birkenhead
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$225
P&O Ferries
Phone
01304 448866.
Website
poferries.com
Car ferry from Larne to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $95
Schedules at
poferries.com
Passenger Standard
$40
Passenger Flexi
$66
Standard Car
$92

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