Arriving at Liverpool

As an international city there are a number of transport options for arriving in Liverpool – here are the most popular:

By air at Liverpool John Lennon Airport: Buses can take you from John Lennon Airport right into the centre of the city (Bus route 500) and the transfer takes about forty minutes.  Another option is to get a bus to the Liverpool South Parkway and then catch a train into the City Centre.  Our recommendation would be to catch the 500 bus as it is direct and  means you get to see more of the sights and sounds en route to the centre.

By rail at Liverpool Lime Street Station:  allegedly looking a little bit like a castle the station is the city’s main rail terminus and just 2 hours 15 minutes from London. From the station it is just a short walk to the city centre or a slightly longer walk down towards the river front.  Lime Street is also one of the rail hubs for transport within Liverpool with trains going towards Liverpool Central (for trains to the north and south of Liverpool) and trains to the Wirral peninsula.

By Merseyrail train this network has good links to other areas of the region and an underground rail service serving 4 city centre stations, Lime Street, James Street, Moorfields and Liverpool Central

By coach at National Express Coach station Norton Street:  on the fringe of the city centre but still walkable (but not really recommended with heavy luggage).  The recommended route would be to cross the road and take a bus towards the city centre.  Simply cross London Road and catch the bus which is going downhill towards the city centre.  If there are two or more of you and you are going towards the City Centre it will probably be about the same price as a taxi.

By bus, within the city boundaries there are a number bus operators whose regular routes take you to and from the outskirts to the city.

By Road, Liverpool City Region is well-connected to the UK motorway network. From the M6 take the M62, M58 or M56 direct to your destination.

By sea at the Cruise Liner Terminal: the latest addition to Liverpool’s transport needs.  If you are lucky enough to stop off at Liverpool then you can take the opportunity to look around the city.  The ferry terminal is located just a short walk away from the World Famous Albert Dock.


Liverpool Waterfront has 1600 space multi-storey car park on Kings Dock next to the Echo Arena. The car park is secure and open 24 hours a day. It’s within walking distance of the city centre and waterfront attractions.

Queen Square Car Park has 601 space secure car park open 24 hours a day, in the heart of the city and within minutes of Liverpool ONE, city centre shopping, museums, theatre, hotels, bars and restaurants.

The Liverpool ONE complex is served by three car parks: Q-Park Strand Street has 2000 underground spaces, Q-Park Gradwell Street has 560 multi-storey spacs and Q-Park John Lewis with 580 multi-storey spaces.

St John’s Shopping Centre also has a carpark on Liverpool Lime Street with 620 spaces