Train times from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs)

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Your quick facts about trains from Glasgow to Preston

The journey from Glasgow to Preston is deceptively long, at around 300km (186 miles), so make sure you’ve got something great to read, watch or listen to. After leaving Glasgow Central you’ll roll into the Borders and skirt the Lake District before slowing to a gentle stop at Preston (Lancs) Station.

In case you didn’t know, Preston North End was one of the founding clubs of the Football League, and the town was the birthplace of Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff and Nick (Wallace and Gromit) Park. The Preston Bypass was the first motorway in the UK, and in 1965 the UK’s first KFC opened here.
Average journey time from Glasgow Central to Preston (Lancs):
2 hrs 16 min (Monday–Friday)

How long does the Glasgow to Preston train journey take?

It depends on the day of the week:
The fastest, most direct route takes about 2 hrs 15 min.  

The road journey from Glasgow to Preston is a meandering 300 km trek, so with toilet breaks and leg rests you could be facing a 4-hour journey.

Much better to have your toilet breaks at 125 mph, don’t you think? Throw in Wi-Fi, hands free to read and write, snacks on tap and some stunning scenery, Virgin Trains becomes a no-brainer.

What time are the first and last trains?

Planning an all-dayer in Lancashire, a day trip to Glasgow or an important business meeting in Preston? 

Because times change from day to day, it’s best to use the journey planning tool above. Choose the date you want to travel on and click the “Earlier journeys” and “Later journeys” buttons at the bottom of the timetable until you reach the start or end of the day on which you’re travelling. Then relax, safe in the knowledge that your day is planned, with a comfy journey there and back.

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