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Getting to and from River of Light events could not be easier, whether you choose to travel on foot, by train, bike, bus, ferry or car.

Local public transport is due to run as normal throughout the River of Light events. If there are any changes, please make sure to keep an eye on #RiverOfLight on social media for the latest updates.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Liverpool Lime Street Station is CLOSED on Sunday 3 November and will NOT be accessible.

To help you arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy the events, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Plan your journey – check websites and social media for the latest travel information and use journey apps – Merseytravel have links to all transport partners in the city
  • Use public transport – public car parks will be open but spaces are limited
  • Leave plenty of time for your journey as the event on Sunday 3 November (fireworks display) in particular, is expected to attract many people
  • Take advantage of Merseyrail’s return ticket -regular train services run to 68 stations across Merseyside and you can plan your journey here at merseyrail.org or download their handy app here.

If you are travelling from further afield, there are a number of different ways you can arrive in the city:

Train

Lime Street Station is Liverpool’s mainline station with trains arriving from Manchester, London, Scotland and the rest of the UK.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Liverpool Lime Street Station is CLOSED on Sunday 3 November and will NOT be accessible.

If you are visiting the River of Light events in Liverpool then Moorfields, Liverpool Central and James Street stations are just a short walk from the event. New Brighton station will take you to the heart of the action for the Wirral waterfront display.

Regular train services run to 68 stations across Merseyside and you can plan your journey on the Merseyrail Journey Planner here or download the Merseyrail App.

Regular services run throughout the day and return travel starts from £2.10, or a family of five can enjoy a Family Ticket for just £11. More details can be found here.

Train Times

Please remember, if you’re getting the train to and from the events during River of Light, including the fireworks display on Sunday 3 November, that the last train times vary depending on your chosen station.

Liverpool Central to:

  • Southport 23.38
  • Hunts Cross 23.44
  • Ormskirk 23.47
  • Kirkby 23.55
  • West Kirby 23.35
  • New Brighton 23.50
  • Chester 23.47
  • Ellesmere Port 23.30

Lime Street to: 

  • West Kirby 23.33
  • New Brighton 23.48
  • Chester 23.45
  • Ellesmere Port 23.28

Moorfields to: 

  • Southport 23.40
  • Hunts Cross 23.40
  • Ormskirk 23.50
  • Kirkby 23.58
  • West Kirby 23.31
  • New Brighton 23.46
  • Chester 23.43
  • Ellesmere Port 23.26

James Street to:

  • West Kirby 23.37
  • New Brighton 23.52
  • Chester 23.49
  • Ellesmere Port 23.32

New Brighton to Liverpool 23.23

Bus

Two main bus terminals and travel centres can be found in the city:

  • Liverpool ONE Bus Station
  • Queen Square Bus Station

All buses are fully accessible and there is a wide range of tickets available that can give you and your family great value on your visit. For further information on the bus network in Liverpool, please visit merseytravel.gov.uk

Arriva buses run throughout Liverpool and are an official travel partner of Culture Liverpool.

Arriva offer Journey Assistance Cards with a range of messages that tell their drivers what help you may like on your journey. More information on which can be found on the Arriva website.

ArrivaClick allows you to book bespoke journeys from as little as £1. Stay warmer for longer; download the app today and book your travel for the River of Light: The Elements.

 

Bike

There are plenty of dedicated cycle lanes and cycle parking in and around the city centre. The Liverpool Cycle Map is a helpful guide and is available for you to view here.

Liverpool also benefits from a Citybike Cycle Scheme, where you can hire a bike during your visit. For a small charge of £3 per day, what better way to explore the city! Click here to find out more.

Ferry

The Mersey Ferry connects Liverpool and the Wirral Peninsula with terminals at the Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside.

Coach

Why not arrive in Liverpool with a bang and travel with National Express. Coaches head to the heart of our city from across the UK, dropping off directly at Liverpool ONE, right on the waterfront. For more information visit nationalexpress.com.

Air

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is around a 20-25 minute taxi journey from Liverpool city centre.

Arriva Bus services to and from the airport include the 80A which departs from Liverpool ONE bus station every 20 minutes.

More information on transport via Liverpool John Lennon Airport can be found here.

Taxi

There are a large number of Private Hire and Black Cab services throughout the city: