Our Blackpool Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in the UK. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips. 

    It’s all compiled in this Blackpool Travel Essentials. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Blackpool.

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    When is the best time to travel to Blackpool?

    Blackpool has a temperate maritime climate, with chilly winters and cool summers.

    • Average temperatures range from 1ºC in winter to 19ºC in summer.
    • Most rainfall occurs from October to December, yet you can expect a few rainy days even in summer.
    • The warmest time of the year is from May to September. As for the weather, it’s the best time to visit Blackpool.
    • June to August is peak tourist season. Hotel and flight prices rise accordingly.
    • November is a popular time to visit for the Blackpool Illuminations. It’s the most popular event of the year.
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    Blackpool basics

    • Primary language: English
    • Plug Type: G
    • Electricity: 220-240 V
    • Currency: Pound sterling (£)
    • International Dialling code: +44 1253
    • Emergency telephone number: 999
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    How to get to my hotel in Blackpool?

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport

    The nearest international airport to Blackpool is Liverpool John Lennon Airport. It sits on the north bank of the River Mersey, 63 miles away of the popular seaside resort on the northwest coast of England. There are several transfer options to reach Blackpool from Liverpool airport:

    • A taxi takes around 1 hour and half. The taxi rank can be found just outside the terminal building.
    • The bus takes around 2 hours and half. The bus stop is right in front of the terminal.
    • The local bus and train take around 2 hours and half. The bus stop is right in front of the terminal. The trains depart from Liverpool South Parkway station.
    • Car rental agencies including Avis, Europcar and Hertz can be found in the arrivals hall of the terminal.

    Blackpool North Railway Station

    Blackpool North is the main railway station in Blackpool. Open 24/7, it’s served by major UK cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, York and Birmingham. The train station hosts a good choice of facilities including a coffee shop, ATM machines and a newsstand. From here, you can get to your hotel by bus, tram or taxi.

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    How to get around Blackpool?

    Travel tips

    The most pleasant way to explore Blackpool is on foot. The city centre is rather compact and features landmarks and attractions such as the Madame Tussauds Museum, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon and the Sea Life Blackpool oceanarium within walking distance of the Town Hall. The city centre is also home to a good choice of dining and shopping options.

    For longer journeys, the public transport services are efficient and affordable. Bus and tram networks permit you to go anywhere in Blackpool and further afield to Preston and Lytham St Annes, 2 neighbouring seaside resorts. 

    • Single fare, 24-hour tickets and 7-day Blackpool transport cards are available.
    • You also have the possibility to purchase a Blackpool Resort Pass which gives you access to many exciting attractions at discounted rates. The original pass is valid for 7 days and can be combined with a 7-day Blackpool transport card.

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    Taking a taxi

    • Many taxi and black cab companies operate in Blackpool. The most popular of them include Premier Cabs (+44 1253 401000), C Cabs (+44 1253 292929), and Blacktax (+44 1253 596596).
    • Taxi ranks can be found near the train stations, city attractions and shopping areas throughout the resort town.
    • Taxis can be hailed on the street unless a taxi rank is at hand nearby.
    • Payment of the fare by credit card is usually possible but it’s best to ask first.
    • Popular mobile phone apps such as Uber can be used to hail a taxi in Blackpool.

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    What are the main annual events in Blackpool?

    Blackpool Heritage Open Days

    • What: Discover and experience local history, architecture and culture through exhibitions and guided tours. Historic and interesting buildings are open for free during the 3-day event.
    • When: September
    • Where: Various places in Blackpool and along Fylde Coast

    Blackpool International Soul Festival

    • What: Held in an impressive Victorian building, Blackpool International Soul Festival showcases top-notch national and international bands and DJs for 3 days. Exhibitions and demonstrations related to soul music and merchandising are also at hand.
    • When: June
    • Where: Winter Gardens Blackpool

    Blackpool Illuminations

    • What: Founded in 1879, Blackpool Illuminations lights up the Promenade with 10 km of traditional decorations. Held conjointly, the Lightpool Festival offers many beautiful street animations and illuminated buildings throughout the town centre.
    • When: Mid-October
    • Where: The Promenade from Starr Gate to Bispham and in downtown Blackpool

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