Getting Around

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is eight miles outside the city centre, with most flights to destinations in Europe. However, Liverpool is only 45 minutes by train to Manchester Airport, which has routes to more international destinations.

Liverpool Lime Street is the main railway station in the city centre, with special trains travelling to London in around two-and-a-half hours. The West Coast Main Line track links England to Scotland and Wales, making exploration outside the city quick and easy. A young person’s railcard costs £24 for a year, cutting the cost of a ticket by a third.

Budget-conscious students may want to opt for coach travel, which is generally cheaper and longer to travel than the train. The Megabus stop located outside the Adelphi Hotel on Brownlow Hill advertises services from £1, in addition to a 50p booking fee.

International students make like to take a leaf out of the songbook of Liverpudlians Gerry and the Pacemakers and ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ by taking the boat. Passenger ships go across the River Mersey to Birkenhead as well as to Belfast in Northern Ireland and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. The port began to welcome more international passenger ships in 2007.

Without a tram network or subway system, inner city travel is predominantly by bus, with services running into the night on popular routes. The local transport authority, Merseytravel, provides integrated season travel tickets that allow passengers to use buses, trains and ferries or alternative combinations for discounted prices. There are also soccer buses that transport fans to Anfield or Goodison Park from Sandhills Station on match days.

Flagging taxis at night is difficult. The best advice would be to book a cab in advance with a reputable company, including Liverpool’s fleet of British black cabs. Payment is on a meter, which starts with a standard charge depending on what hour the taxi is booked then clocks the fee per distance.