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City Travel in Blackpool

City Travel in Blackpool From illuminated trams and old-fashioned buses to black cabs and donkeys, getting around Blackpool is a memorable experience in itself.

The resort’s main attractions, such as the Tower [map], Sandcastle and Pleasure Beach, are all within easy walking distance of each other. To help those who are elderly or diabled there's specialist transport available from Access Disability, who offer wheelchair hire and motability scooter hire in Blackpool.

But if you have the choice why not opt for one of Blackpool’s fun modes of transport instead.

For starters there’s the town’s famous tramway, which stretches right along Blackpool’s Golden Mile [map] from Squires Gate in the south to Fleetwood in the north.

Operated by Blackpool Transport Services Limited, the trams provide a spectacular way of getting to all the major attractions and have done since 1885.

The service is cheap, frequent and reliable, and it offers great views of the coast at any time of year. However, most Blackpool fans would argue the best time to travel by tram is when the Illuminations are on between September and November.

This is because each tram is lit up with hundreds of lights and you can even choose whether you travel by rocket, boat or train! In the summer the trams run from 6am to midnight.

Blackpool Transport Services also provide an extensive range of local bus services throughout Blackpool to destinations such as the Zoo, Model Village and Stanley Park. The company also offers open-top bus tours of the town during the summer season.

For more information on Blackpool’s bus and tram services call 01253 473003.

If you don’t fancy the thrill of a rickety old tram or an open top bus, why not opt for the door-to-door service offered by Blackpool’s many taxi firms.

In Blackpool there are two types of taxi – hackney carriages (London-style black cabs) and private hire vehicles (usually normal cars). The difference between them is simple, you can flag down a black cab in the street but you must book a private hire car in advance.

Blackpool also has a number of Landaus, horse-drawn hackney carriages that can also be stopped in the street.

Selected taxi companies in the city centre area:

Blacktax Taxis 0161 236 3555
Bobus of Blackpool 0161 236 8033
Browns Private Hire 0161-236 2322 / 236 9974

Of course if you’re just looking for a way to get your kids from one end of the beach to the other, you could settle for the age-old donkey ride, an institution in Blackpool for generations.

The experience usually consists of a 10-minute ride up and down the beach, and there are some 200 donkeys working the sands, even during winter. Please note that by law the donkeys have a day off on Fridays!

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