Getting around in Liverpool: info, costs and advice

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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The city of music and the Beatles, Liverpool is experiencing a period of strong popularity from a tourist point of view, making itself known and appreciated for its artistic liveliness and the harbor scenery (since 2004, part of the World Heritage Sites!). Unlike what you might think, getting around Liverpool is simple: the metropolitan area of ​​tourist interest is quite concentrated and it is easy to get around on foot, also thanks to the safety of the streets (the city was elected among the quietest in Europe for the very low crime rate).

However, if you want to move by public transport, the metropolitan fabric is perfectly connected and the transport company, Mersey travel, guarantees a punctual and efficient service. Connections from the airport to the city center are also impeccably managed, while the sea transport system allows frequent connections from Ireland.


  1. From the airport
  2. How to get around on foot
  3. Con i mezzi pubblici
  4. Useful Tips
  5. User questions and comments

From the airport

Liverpool Airport is John Lennon Airport, located a short distance from the city and its only airport. It offers low cost scheduled connections with all the most important European capitals, thanks to the Easyjet and Ryanair airlines. Furthermore, VML Airlines recently inaugurated a daily scheduled connection with London City Airport. As an alternative to John Lennon Airport, it is possible to depart / arrive atManchester International Airport, and then reach Liverpool in just under an hour by train or via a comfortable National Express bus.

From John Lennon Airport to the center

  • Distance from the center: the airport is about 12km from the city which can be easily reached in just over 40 minutes
  • by taxi: average cost € 15
  • By bus: average cost € 3,10 / lines 500, 86A, 86D, 86

From Manchester International Airport to the center

  • Distance from the center: 55km in less than an hour
  • By train: Northern Rail lines / ticket cost: € 15
  • by taxi: average cost € 130
  • By bus: average cost € 4 / National Express lines

How to get around on foot

Liverpool is one safe city e pleasant to experience on foot. Obviously it will be necessary to wear comfortable shoes, map in hand and carefully plan the itinerary so as not to arrive too tired before evening. For this reason, I recommend that you limit yourself to visiting the center on foot, and then take advantage of public transport as far as the more distant areas are concerned. A nice way to see the city could be to visit it a little on foot and a little by water taking advantage of the numerous mini-cruises that offer an original city view. Alternatively, there are many organized walking tours that allow you to retrace the most significant places in Liverpool and the famous people who were born here.

Con i mezzi pubblici

If you have chosen to visit the city using public transport, you can opt for the trains, which will allow you to easily reach the main points of interest, or the dense network of bus, economical and practical. Both services are managed by the Mersey travel company and perfectly cover both day and night hours. The most convenient type of ticket is the PlusBus ticket, valid on the entire urban network: the daily costs € 3,50, the weekly € 12.


The rail network in Liverpool consists of over 66 stations distributed around the metropolitan area, including four underground stations near the center: Liverpool Central, Lime street lower level, Moorfields, James Street. There are two main lines, the Wirral Line and the Northern Line, which connect the city from north to south and which make its discovery simple and comfortable.

  • Downloadable map: trains-liverpool.pdf
  • all day, every 15-30min.
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: € 5 per day, € 12 per family day (5 people)


Traveling by bus is certainly the best way to cross Liverpool and discover its architectural peculiarities. The buses are cheap and punctual and there are many discounts based on the age of the passenger, while in the two main stations of the city center, Liverpool ONE and Queen Square, you will find qualified staff who will indicate the rate that best suits your needs.

  • Downloadable map: bus-liverpool.pdf
  • every day, every 20-30 min.
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: € 5 daily, weekly for adults € 19 / for children under 18 € 10

Useful Tips

In addition to public transport and taxi services, Liverpool boasts a service Uber very efficient that gives the possibility to reach any desired point of the city in a short time: via the App on the smartphone, it takes a few seconds to get around the city quickly and reliably. It is also possible to rent a bicycle just outside the train stations with the service Bike & go (€ 4 is the daily rate), but take into account the changes in weather that characterize the British climate: you might be surprised by the rain just while you are riding your bike, so be careful of wet asphalt. Finally, if you are planning to spend more than a few days in the city, a good idea might be to buy the Liverpool pass, a tourist card that collects a wide selection of affiliated bars, restaurants and attractions offering discounts and special admissions. Now that you know everything ... what are you waiting for to leave?

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