If you’re planning on visiting One Magnificent City and taking in any of these amazing events, why not go by public transport? There’s a great network in Merseyside of buses, trains and of course, the Mersey Ferry. During the Transatlantic 175 weekend in particular, it will be a busy time for public transport – please review all your travel options on the Merseytravel website.
Lime Street Station is Liverpool’s mainline station with trains arriving from Manchester, London, Scotland and the rest of the UK as well as destinations along the City Line such as from Huyton and St Helens.
Meanwhile, Liverpool and the surrounding area are well served by its own urban rail network– Merseyrail. It operates on the Wirral, Northern and City lines within Merseyside.
Services will be strengthened with extra carriages on trains on some lines.
Moorfields station refurbishment Please note, the Wirral Line platform remains closed for the refurbishment works to be carried out. Passengers can board Wirral Line trains at James Street, Lime Street lower level and Liverpool Central stations. A rail replacement bus service will run between Moorfields and Lime Street lower level station. For full details, visit merseyrail.org/lovemoorfields
Some events will finish late on Saturday night. Check when your last train is and allow time to get to the station. Click to view our Merseyrail information pages.
The Mersey Ferries will be operating a normal River Explorer Cruise service on Saturday 4th July which will call at all three terminals throughout the day.
In addition, there will be special Queen Mary 2 viewing cruises departing from Pier Head only from 1130hrs to 1500hrs . The viewing cruises will depart and return to Pier Head only and offer a 50 minute cruise.
During the evening , there will be a farewell cruise to see the departure of QM2 which will include a fireworks display. All viewing and farewell cruise tickets are available for advanced booking and are subject to availability.
For more details of cruises and sailings visit www.merseyferries.co.uk. As a cross-river alternative, consider taking the train to and from Hamilton Square on the Wirral Line of the Merseyrail network.
Merseyside’s bus network is extensive and can get you to and from Liverpool city centre quickly and easily. All buses are fully accessible.
There are two main bus stations at Liverpool One and Queen Square where the staff will be happy to advise.
You can also find additional information at:
Note that there will be some local road closures around Pier Head on both Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.
- There are no scheduled road closures as a result of the Vintage Car Parade on Sunday afternoon between 1400hrs and 1600hrs but it may lead to some delays.
- On Sunday 5th the Queensway (Birkenhead) tunnel will be closed between 0500hrs and 1600hrs for the Liverpool to Chester Bike Ride. As a result, cross River buses will be diverted through the Kingsway (Wallasey) tunnel. This may cause some delays to journeys.
- Buses using The Strand & Strand St may be subject to delays on Saturday night between 2245hrs and 2300hrs to allow for people watching Queen Mary 2 depart and the associated fireworks display to leave the waterfront.
- Service 14/14A Sunday until 2000hrs: There will be no Mann Island stop, with services picking up and dropping off at James Street.
- Service 101 Saturday: There will be no Princes Parade stop, with services picking up and dropping off at Mann Island.
- Service C5 Saturday & Sunday: The service will run as normal but will omit the Hartley Quay stop.
- Some events will finish late on Saturday night. Check when your last bus is and allow time to get to the stop.
The Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel will be closed between 5.00am and 4.00pm on Sunday 5th July for the Liverpool to Chester Bike Ride. The Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel will be open throughout and will take you directly to and from Liverpool City Centre.
Parking is available at a number of Merseyrail stations, but is limited. Find out more information here.
You can find details of permanent car parking facilities (council-run and commercial) here.
Where to find Travel Information
To see Merseyside at its best you need to get out and about and Merseytravel can help you get to where you want to go, whether it’s by train, bus or ferry. Visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk where you’ll find all the information you need to guide you. The website has timetables, maps, apps, ideas for where to visit and lots more to help you make the most of your time.
Alternatively, drop into a Merseytravel Centre where friendly staff can give you help and advice on public transport across the region.
There are two Merseytravel Centres in Liverpool City Centre. You can pick up copies of various leaflets or choose from a range of tickets. Staff are very knowledgeable and can give you all the information you need on how to get around the region, whether you should go by bus or train and what to do when you get there.
Queen Square Travel Centre can be found in the bus station, near Lime Street Station, while Liverpool ONE Travel Centre is near the John Lewis store in Liverpool ONE shopping centre. There are also Travel Centres in Bootle Bus Station, St Helens Bus Station, Huyton Bus Station and Birkenhead Bus Station.
Why not download the Merseytravel travel app which will help you plan your journey online.
Call Traveline for up to the minute help and advice.
If you would rather speak to someone but can’t get to one of our Travel Centres the number to call is 0151 236 7676. Traveline is open from 7.00am – 8.00pm Mondays to Fridays and 8.00am – 8.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 7 days a week, 364 days a year.
Where to buy your Saveaway Ticket
Saveaway is a one-day, off-peak ticket for buses, trains and Mersey Ferries** and is ideal for your day out. You can buy them from any Merseyrail station or PayPoint retailer. They can be used on any bus or rail service in Merseyside and as far as Chester, Ellesmere Port and Ormskirk (by rail only)
**Direct crossings only – you must break your journey at another ferry terminal. Saveaway Tickets will not be valid on Mersey Ferries on 24th, 25th or 26th May 2015.