How to Travel from London to Liverpool by Train, Bus, and Car

A pier in Liverpool

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Liverpool shot to international fame in the 1960s thanks to their homegrown legends, The Beatles. The city has worked throughout the decades to maintain its status as a trailblazer in the arts and music (more artists from Liverpool have produced number one hits than from any other city in the world), and cultural junkies are sure to fall in love with the gritty charm of this Northern English town.

The fastest way to get to Liverpool is by train, which runs directly from London and only takes a little over two hours. However, train prices can be prohibitively expensive, especially if you're purchasing at the last minute. For travelers who need to stay within budget, the bus takes about twice as long but can cost a fraction of the price. If you're looking to make a road trip out of it, only 220 miles separate the two cities and a car gives you the freedom to explore along the way.

  Time Cost Best For
Train 2 hours, 15 minutes from $28 Arriving on a time crunch
Bus 5 hours, 25 minutes from $14 Traveling on a budget
Car 4 hours 220 miles (354 kilometers) Exploring the local area

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From London to Liverpool?

It's the slowest journey, but the bus is the cheapest way to get from London to Liverpool. Tickets through National Express start at roughly $14, and the journey takes between five and a half and six hours. Best of all, bus tickets remain relatively constant regardless of when you purchase them. So whether you plan weeks in advance or buy them on the same day that you travel, prices should only go up by a few pounds, if at all.

Buses depart in London from Victoria Station with connections to the Circle, Victoria, and District lines of the Underground. The Liverpool Bus Station is in the center of the city, and easily connected to the rest of Liverpool either by subway or walking.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From London to Liverpool?

The train is a great option not just because it's comfortable, but it's also the fastest way to get to Liverpool, with a total travel time of only 2 hours, 15 minutes. When you look at the schedule on the National Rail webpage, be aware that some routes are direct while others include a transfer, so double-check your itinerary before completing your purchase. Trains to Liverpool leave from Euston Station in London and arrive at Liverpool Lime Street Station, which is centrally located and accessible to the rest of the city.

"Advance" prices for train tickets, which are the least expensive tickets you can get, open up about eight to 10 weeks before the travel date. As demand goes up and seats sell out, prices can soar up to four or five times the original price. Flexibility is key for purchasing rail tickets in the U.K., so if you can't find a decent price, try looking at other times or nearby days for a better deal.

How Long Does It Take to Drive?

If you have a vehicle, driving yourself to Liverpool is the only way to experience the various towns and scenic English countryside along the way. Liverpool is also a great stopping point before continuing on to other parts of Northern England and Scotland. The 220-mile drive takes roughly four hours, although traffic getting out of London and into Liverpool can cause significant delays. The M6 highway that goes from London to Liverpool is a toll road, and depending on what time you leave London, you may need to pay a congestion pricing toll within the city.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Liverpool?

If you're looking for warm weather, summer is the best time to visit Liverpool. From June through August, the average high temperature hovers around a comfortable 65 degrees F, perfect for walking around and exploring this trendy city. The summer months are also the busiest time to visit, and you can usually find good weather with fewer crowds by visiting in the late spring or early fall. Winter is cold, dark, and rainy, and the short days make it hard to fully enjoy all that Liverpool has to offer. Although snow is not uncommon in the colder months, the white blanket over the city offers its own charm.

What Is There to Do in Liverpool?

Liverpool is known as a cultural powerhouse, and rivals even London in the number of art galleries, museums, and historic buildings within its city limits. If you're a fan of The Beatles—or just music in general—you can take a tour of famous spots where the iconic group used to frequent. Or, take a more formal trip to a local museum like The Beatles Story or the British Music Experience. Apart from music, Liverpool is likely most famous for its soccer team. If you're a sports fan, there's no better way to round out the trip than a tour of Anfield Stadium where Liverpool F.C. plays—or better yet, get tickets to a match.

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