Travel Information – River of Light
Getting to and from the River of Light Fireworks event could not be easier, whether you choose to travel on foot, by train, bike, bus, ferry or car.
Local public transport services will be running as usual on Saturday 5 November but we do have a few short travel advice tips from Merseytravel.
- 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 is expected to attract thousands of people
- Why not stagger your journey? There is entertainment before and after the main event for people to enjoy
If you’re travelling from further afield, there are a number of different ways you can arrive in the city.
Getting around by rail
- Lime Street Station is Liverpool’s mainline station with trains arriving from Manchester, London, Scotland and the rest of the UK.
- Merseyrail can take you right to the heart of the event, whichever side of the water you want to be. All Northern line trains call at Liverpool Central and Moorfields, just a short walk from the Liverpool waterfront, or passengers can change here for services to the Wirral. All Wirral line trains call at James Street for the Liverpool waterfront and Hamilton Square for the Wirral waterfront. New Brighton station is a short walk from the Mersey and Wirral line passengers should change at Hamilton Square for this service.Services run every 15 minutes throughout the day and every 30 minutes after 7.00pm. Tickets start from just £1.80 or make a day of it and enjoy unlimited travel for £5 with a Day Saver, or just £10 for a family of up to five with a Family Ticket. Plan your journey at www.merseyrail.org
- Visitors travelling to Birkenhead to watch the River of Light celebrations are requested to use Merseyrail wherever possible. All Wirral line trains (including the Liverpool Loop Line) stop at Hamilton Square, with the river side just a short walk away. Services run every 15 minutes throughout the day and every 30 minutes after 7.00pm. Tickets start from just £1.80 or make a day of it and enjoy unlimited travel for £5 with a Day Saver, or just £10 for a family of up to five with a Family Ticket.
- For information on rail travel within the city please visit the Merseyrail website.
- There are two main city centre bus terminals and travel centers: Liverpool ONE Paradise Street Bus Station and Queen Square Bus Station where the friendly staff at Merseytravel can help you make the most of the bus network.
- The city’s buses are fully accessible and there are a range of tickets that can give you great value on your visit.
- If you would like information on transport on the bus network in Liverpool, please visit the Merseytravel website.
- Cycling is permitted around the city with dedicated cycle parking available. Cycle parking and routes are available to view on the Liverpool cycle map.
- The city also benefits from a citybike cycle hire scheme whereby you can hire a bike during your visit to the city for a small charge, find out more on Liverpool’s citybike cycle hire scheme. When visiting the event why not take in the view and get there by citybike, there are over 1,000 bikes in the city and 160 stations. You can hire the bikes from £3 a day, just visit the City Bike Liverpool website for more information.
- The Mersey Ferry connects Liverpool and the Wirral Peninsula calling at the Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside. What better way to enjoy the River of Light fireworks than from the River Mersey itself? Visit the Mersey Ferries website for more information.
- National Express coach station is conveniently located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre
- Why not arrive in Liverpool with a bang and travel with National Express. Coaches head to the city from across the UK, and drop off directly at Liverpool ONE – right on the waterfront. For great value fares and a comfortable journey visit nationalexpress.com
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport is around a 20-25minute taxi journey from Liverpool city centre.
- Arriva Bus services to and from the airport include the 80A which depart from Liverpool ONE Bus Station every 20 minutes.
- If you would like further information on transport via Liverpool John Lennon Airport, please visit their website here.
- Davy Liver: Call 0151 708 7080 or visit the Davy Liver website.
- Excel: Call 0151 728 8888 or visit the Excel website.
- Alpha Cars: Call 0151 722 8888 or visit the Alpha Cars website.
- ComCab: Call 0151 298 2222 or visit the ComCab website.
Travel Information on the go
If you would like travel information in Liverpool on the go, why not download the Merseytravel app which can help you plan your journey online? Just type Merseytravel into the App or Google Play store and you can start discovering Merseyside.
If you would prefer to speak to someone regarding travel in Liverpool, please call 0151 236 7676. Traveline is open from 7.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am – 8.00pm on Saturday and Sunday during the event.
On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November there will be a number of road closures which may affect your travel plans. Please remember to check before travelling and allowing plenty of time to travel to the event.
- Friday 4 November from 7.00pm until Sunday 6 November – 12noon – Pier Head:
There will be a number of road closures around Canada Boulevard, Brunswick St, Water St, St Nicholas Place. The closures at Mann Island will be implemented on the Saturday only from approx. 3.00pm – 8.00pm.
Access will remain throughout for residents and businesses based in the Mann Island development.
- Saturday 5 November
Albert Dock/Kings Parade entrance will be closed between the hours of 4.00pm – 8.00pm. Gower Street will remain open until the car parks are full. Access for businesses and residents will be maintained. If you are a business/resident at the Albert Dock please display your relevant access pass. For residents located on Kings Parade please use Mariners Wharf.
Princes Parade will be closed between the hours of 4.00pm – 7.30pm (this area will re-open sooner if safe to do so).
In order to facilitate the drum parade the following roads will be closed from 4.30pm until the Parade passes approx. 6.20pm: Dale Street from Exchange East to Castle Street – Castle Street – Water Street – Rumford Street – Fenwick Street between Brunswick Street and Water Street – Back Castle Street – Tower Gardens
Water Street between Cunard Building and River Building will be closed from Brunswick Street 9.00am-8.00pm, Mann Island 4.00pm-8.00pm, Princes Parade 4.00pm-8.00pm, Salthouse Quay (Albert Dock) 4.00pm-8.00pm, Cana Boulevard and Kings Parade 4.00pm-8.00pm.