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There are 5 ways to get from Glasgow to Preston (Station) by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 20m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Preston

£55 - £250

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Bus  •  3h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Preston City Centre, Bus Station M11 / ...

£8 - £22

3 alternative options

Night train  •  2h 26m

  1. Take the night train from Glasgow Central to Preston

£40 - £250

Drive  •  3h 4m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Preston (Station) 185 miles

£28 - £45

Fly, train  •  6h 16m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Manchester (MAN) GLA - MAN
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

£55 - £254

Glasgow to Preston (Station) by train

The train journey time between Glasgow and Preston (Station) is around 2h 24m and covers a distance of around 192 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2h 15m. Operated by Avanti West Coast and TransPennine Express Service, the Glasgow to Preston (Station) train service departs from Glasgow Central and arrives in Preston. Typically 125 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 24m
Fastest train time:
2h 15m
Trains per week:
125
Cheapest price:
£55
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:24
Last train departs at:
20:06

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Glasgow to Preston (Station) train schedules

Glasgow → Preston (Station)
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Preston (Station) is to bus which costs £8 - £22 and takes 3h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Preston (Station) is to train which costs £55 - £250 and takes 2h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Buchanan Bus Station station and arriving at Preston City Centre, Bus Station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Glasgow Central and arriving at Preston. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 20m.

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The distance between Glasgow and Preston (Station) is 159 miles. The road distance is 185 miles.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Preston (Station) without a car is to train which takes 2h 20m and costs £55 - £250.

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The train from Glasgow Central to Preston takes 2h 20m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Glasgow to Preston (Station) bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from Buchanan Bus Station.

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Glasgow to Preston (Station) train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from Glasgow Central station.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Preston (Station) is to train which takes 2h 20m and costs £55 - £250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £8 - £22 and takes 3h 57m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Preston (Station).
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  • Distance: 159.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 20m

What companies run services between Glasgow, Scotland and Preston (Station), England?

Avanti West Coast operates a train from Glasgow Central to Preston hourly. Tickets cost £70 - £250 and the journey takes 2h 20m. TransPennine Express Service also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Preston City Centre, Bus Station once daily. Tickets cost £13 - £22 and the journey takes 3h 45m. National Express also services this route once daily.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£140 - £750
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £600
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London City
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£80 - £600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £420
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £420
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £430
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£110 - £550
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£140 - £750
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£100 - £450
TUI Airways
Website
tui.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£120 - £500
Train operators
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£55 - £90
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£40 - £65
Anytime Day Single
£55 - £90
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£17 - £27
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£9 - £14
Off-Peak Day Single
£12 - £19
Anytime Day Single
£17 - £27
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Preston City Centre, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£13 - £22
Website
Megabus UK
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 from Glasgow to Preston, Lancashire
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£8 - £11
Website
National Express

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There is no direct flight from Glasgow Airport to Manchester Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

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Glasgow to Preston (Station) bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Preston City Centre, Bus Station.

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Glasgow to Preston (Station) train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Preston station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Glasgow to Preston (Station) is 185 miles. It takes approximately 3h 4m to drive from Glasgow to Preston (Station).

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Aer Lingus, Jet2.com, TUI Airways and four other airlines offer flights from Glasgow Airport to Manchester Airport.

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