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Preston to Runcorn by train

  • First train
    05:33
  • Last train
    00:57
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    34m
  • Distance
    48 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    29
  • Avg. journey time
    1hr 44m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Preston to Runcorn by train

Fast trains from Preston to Runcorn take around 34 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 48 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Preston and Runcorn.

1. Are there direct trains from Preston to Runcorn?

Journeys between Preston and Runcorn usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 28 departures on the route from Preston to Runcorn every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 34 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Preston to Runcorn?

The Preston to Runcorn train travel time is normally about 34 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Preston to Runcorn train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Runcorn is usually scheduled to depart Preston around 04:02 and the last train is around 00:57. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Preston around 05:58, and the last at 22:45.

When to book Preston to Runcorn train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Preston to Runcorn by train.

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Which train companies operate between Preston and Runcorn?

More than one train company operates on the route from Preston to Runcorn, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • London Midland
  • Northern
  • Northern Rail
  • Transport for Wales
  • Virgin Trains
  • West Midlands Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Runcorn to Preston by train

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.