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
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:
|0161 236 3555
|0161 236 8033
|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