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Lancaster Railway StationLancaster's gentle coastal gradients and 80k of cycle routes make it ideal for getting about by bike and its stunning landscapes and miles of beaches make it a perfect walking and riding centre too.
With two motorway connections, open canals, a waterbus, mainline railway station, two handy ports, local and national express bus services and Manchester and Liverpool airports both a relaxed 90 minutes away, Lancaster's easy to get into and out of - and from here you have the whole North West at your feet.
Nearby Heysham is also harbour to the Isle of Man ferry.
Here are some handy travel links:

Integrated Online Travel Planners
Bus & Coach
Rail
Ports
Airports
Local / Airport Taxis
By Water (canal, sea and lake)
Walking
Cycling + Cycle Hire
Riding
Cars & Liftsharing
Travel News
Travel Agents





INTEGRATED TRAVEL PLANNERS
Combine all modes of transport to get you door to door. Ferries, buses, rail, air, lake cruiser - the choices are there.

Traveline
Info about buses, trains, coach travel, school buses and dial-a-ride services. Online Journeyplanner.
Tel: 0870 608 2 608 from 8am - 8pm.

Transport Direct
Door-to-door journey planner by all forms of transport for travel between regions. Wow!

BUS & COACH

Lancashire County Council - Bus Information
Timetables, journey planner - all things bus.

DisabledDial-a-Bus Community Transport
For disabled people who cannot use ordinary buses. See webpage for up-to-date info (austerity-sensitive service), or if this link breaks, search for 'Community Transport' on the county council website.
If you can manage buses, then see NoWCard Lancaster Bus Pass
Tel: 0845 058 1096.

Stagecoach
The main local bus company. Timetables, routes and tickets online.

Text Lancashire County Council for bus times information to your mobile phone. The instructions are here. Good luck.

NoWCard: Travel Passes for Over-60s & Disabled
With the NoWCard free bus travel is now available to disabled people and those aged 60 living in the Lancaster District.
For further information please phone the NoWcard Helpline on 0845 058 1096.

Traveline
Info about buses, trains, coach travel, school buses and dial-a-ride services. Online Journeyplanner.
Tel: 0870 608 2 608 from 8am - 8pm.

National Express Coach Timetables
tel. 0990 80 80 80
bus & coach timetables and tickets online.

PLUSBUS
PLUSBUS is a very cheap (£1.50) travelcard that you can buy along with your train ticket at any station ticket office, by 'phone or online. It gives you bus and tram travel to and from the rail station and around the whole urban area of town that's at the start &/or end of your train journey.
A Lancaster PLUSBUS ticket gives you unlimited bus travel on participating operators’ services, around the whole urban area of Lancaster and Morecambe. There are also tickets for the Kendal and Oxenhome area. Aside from anything else it will save you having to fumble for change.



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RAIL


Tel: 08457 48 49 50 (from the UK)
or +44 1332 387601 (from outside the UK)
timetables and booking info. Online Journey Planner.

DisabledNational Rail Enquiries - Disabled Passengers 
Lancaster Train Station is operated by Virgin Trains.
To book assistance, call their JourneyCare service on 08457 443 366, at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Lancaster Train Station Live Departure Board
Updated every 2 minutes with details of arrivals and departures at Lancaster Station (including delays etc). Very handy if you are planning to meet someone, (or need to leave town in a hurry!). Info from now until 2 hours from now

Lakes Day Ranger Ticket
Covers all forms of transport between here and the Lake District - including Windermere Lake Cruises (other lake ferries are discounted.)

National Rail Travel Timetable Site

PLUSBUS
PLUSBUS is a very cheap travelcard that you buy with your train ticket at any station ticket office, by 'phone or online. It gives you bus and tram travel to and from the rail station and around the whole urban area of town that's at the start &/or end of your train journey.
Lancaster and Morecambe are part of this scheme, so a Lancaster PLUSBUS ticket will give you unlimited bus travel on participating operators’ services (ie our local buses), around the whole urban area of Lancaster and Morecambe. There are also tickets for the Kendal and Oxenhome area. Aside from anything else it will save you having to fumble for change.

The Trainline
plan UK rail journeys and book your tickets online.

Transport Direct
Door-to-door journey planner by all forms of transport for travel between regions. Wow!

Traveline
Info about buses, trains, coach travel, school buses and dial-a-ride services. Online Journeyplanner.
Tel: 0870 608 2 608 from 8am - 8pm.

Virgin Trains Timetables

Carnforth Station (Close to Steamtown, home of the famous Hogwarts Express this was where the film 'Brief Encounter' was filmed. The site has some local railway and timetable info and a lot of background and train/rail enthusiast material.)

Lancaster, Morecambe + District Rail User Group
Meets regularly. Tel: 01524 68327 or 33077



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CYCLING STUFF

Follow these links for:
Bike Shops
Bike Hire
Cycling Groups


www.celebratingcycling.org

Lancaster is a national Cycling Demonstration Town with over 80k of cycle routes. The city council's celebrate cycling website tells you all the local info on cycling, activities, Bikeability training (essential for young beginners) and bike-related stuff.
You can get an up-to-date, free map, produced by Lancaster City Council, which provides walkers, cyclists and horseriders with a handy pocket sized guide to all the cycle / walking routes in the district, including rural areas. It's available online and from public buildings such as town halls, libraries and Visitor Information Centres, or by calling 01524 582371 or emailing celebratingcycling@lancaster.gov.uk.

Freewheelers
Workers' co-op that offers bike repairs and sells bike
parts and accessories, with a focus on British made and environmentally friendly products, when possible, such as Green Oil products. It's also a place to pick up a decent second hand bike.
It also runs maintenance courses (including women-only) with a focus on hands on learning, and a tool club, that everyone can join, for an annual membership fee, to use the workshop's tools and facilities to repair their own bicycle.
www.freewheelersbicycleworkshop.org.uk

Pedal Power (Furniture Matters)
C/O Furniture Matters, Vickers Industrial Estate, Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe, LA3 3FB Tel. 01524 426622. Appointments only.
Supplies second hand bikes through their ebay site — look for seller ID furniturematters.
They also supply bike parts.
Call 01524 65328 for details or email pedalpower@FurnitureMatters.org.uk



Bike Hire

Sunshine Cycle Hire
Cooper's Amusements, 376 Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AH.
Tel: 01524 414709
Open 10am - 10pm. You pay for the time you go out
£3 An Hour. £15 For a whole day. Family deal.
Helmets and padlocks provided at no extra cost. Deposit taken on a card (or £50 cash per bike).
The bikes come in all shapes and sizes and you can also hire trailers, tag-a-longs and child seats. The prize hire is a beautiful SCHWIM tandem with white wall tyres and seats as comfy as a limo!
Reasonable rates for the bikes mean you can take them out for 2 hours, a half day or a full day and family deals include bikes for everyone!

Pattys Farm Barn
Hillam Lane, Cockerham, Lancaster. LA2 0DY
Tel: 01524 751285
Email: info@pattysfarm.co.uk
We have Bike hire and Parachuting at Pattys Barn.
Please contact Chris on 07957888048

Patty's Farm BarnOverlooking the Lune Estuary with fabulous views all around, Pattys Farm Barn is a great base for outdoor activity holidays, get-away-from-it-all weekends or explorer breaks. Just a few miles from the M6 and yet wonderfully rural, Pattys Farm Barn cottages are available to comfortably sleep two to eight guests without resorting to sofa beds! Close to Lancaster University.



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WALKING

What can I say? This place was made for walkers and ramblers. Coastline, wetlands, crags, limestone pavements, mountains, dales, lakes, rivers, forests and waterfalls. Easy strolls along canals, adapted railway lines and rivers.
You can get an up-to-date, free map, produced by Lancaster City Council, which provides walkers, cyclists and horseriders with a handy pocket sized guide to all the cycle / walking routes in the district, including rural areas. It's available online and from public buildings such as town halls, libraries and Visitor Information Centres, or by calling 01524 582371 or emailing celebratingcycling@lancaster.gov.uk.

More walks at http://countrywalks.defra.gov.uk/.



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RIDING

Vast tracts of the bay's great open expanses are ideal and popular exercise grounds for young, bored or rehabilitating horses. Parts are not suitable (quicksand), so check with experienced riders before going out there.
You can get an up-to-date, free map, produced by Lancaster City Council, which provides walkers, cyclists and horseriders with a handy pocket sized guide to all the cycle / walking routes in the district, including rural areas. It's available online and from public buildings such as town halls, libraries and Visitor Information Centres, or by calling 01524 582371 or emailing celebratingcycling@lancaster.gov.uk.



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AIRPORTS

Airline & Airport Links
Links to all the worlds airports, by Name, City, region or Code.
DisabledMost airports offer concessionary disabled long-stay parking and assistance checking in and boarding. In most cases you will need to pre-book these services.
Check websites below for disabled passenger info.

Major UK Airports

ABERDEEN
BIRMINGHAM
BLACKPOOL
BOURNEMOUTH
BRISTOL
COVENTRY (West Midlands International)
EDINBURGH
GLASGOW
LEEDS / BRADFORD
LIVERPOOL (John Lennon)
LONDON GATWICK
LONDON HEATHROW
LONDON STANSTED
LUTON
MANCHESTER
NEWCASTLE
NOTTINGHAM (East Midlands International)
SOUTHAMPTON

Airport Taxis
see Taxis


Transport Direct
Door-to-door journey planner by all forms of transport for travel between regions. Wow! Includes air.



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TRANSPORT BY WATER: PORTS + FERRIES, CANAL

Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.
To get to the Isle of Man


Fleetwood's Knott End Passenger Ferry Service over the River Wyre connects with buses to Lancaster. Every 30 minutes from 8am - 6pm in summer and every hour in winter.
See timetables
Tel: 07793 270 934 for info.
Operated by Wyre Marine Services.

Galgate Marina
Lancaster Canal connects to the open sea via a spur from Galgate through locks down to Glasson Dock.

Glasson Basin Marina

Glasson Dock Port
Cargo shipping port

Heysham Ferry Port Ferries to the Isle of Man

Lancaster Canal Packet Boats Waterbus Service
& Canal Cruises

Waterbus
Tel: 01524 389410
1. Carnforth to Lancaster Waterbus
A leisurely sail between Carnforth and Lancaster, through Bolton-le-Sands and Hest Bank. Leaves Carnforth at 09.30am, two hour break in Lancaster arrive back in Carnforth at 17.30pm. You can board and depart at any of the stops also.
2. Lune Aqueduct Cruise
Lunch-time sailing from opposite Lancaster's Waterwitch Inn to the famous Lune Aqueduct.
3. Carnforth to Tewitfield Country Cruise
A peaceful cruise through beautiful countryside to Tewitfield, where there is the option of lunch at The Longlands Hotel or a walk and picnic, before travelling back to Carnforth.
Special Cruises: Valentine's Dinner Cruises, Mother's Day Cruises, Quiz Night Cruises with Fish & Chip Suppers and Garstang Country Cruises.
To book tel: 01524 389410, or book on-line.
Group bookings can be made for any part of any of the cruises, on any available date, and catering for groups can be arranged if booked in advance. The boats are also available for Private Hire, with a wide range of options available.
Please contact us for timetables and further information, or to request a leaflet.

Tewitfield Marina



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CAR STUFF / CARSHARING

Business Travel Plans
Lancashire County Council has incentives for companies looking at ways of minimising employees' car needs.
Tel: 01772 534309.

Shared Wheels
Lancashire's councils-backed car-sharing site has over 500,000 members.

Freewheelers
Long distance lifts, events, festivals and stuff.

MyLifts.com
Free to use UK carshare site. Carsharing is becoming a
modern travel alternative for regular or one-off trips, Maps, vehicle costs, setting up public/private groups. Share your car with others to save money and make friends.

National Carshare
Single journeys, regular commuting, corporate carpool planning.

Mapquest.co.uk
A good way to plan your journey, UK and worldwide.

Environmental Transport Association
Does a recovery / breakdown service like the AA and RAC but it lobbies for green issues unlike the other car clubs.
Satori (2012): I've used this for 11 years now. For a smaller fee than other breakdown services I'm covered for every car I travel in, whether as driver or passenger! I've called them out many times. I need a truly reliable service as I frequently transport frail disabled/elderly people. This one has always taken very good care of me and my companions. Speedy roadside repairs, local knowledge, good advice, good recovery. I used to be in the AA. This is better.

AA
Motoring organisation, for UK: road info, road, car industry + petrol lobbyists, breakdown services and route-planning.

RAC
Motoring organisation, for UK: road info, road, car industry + petrol lobbyists, breakdown services and route-planning.



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LOCAL TAXIS

Lancaster:

32090-35666 Taxis Ltd
Tel: 01524 32090 or 35666
Lower Church Street
Lancaster
LA1 1NP
Leading local taxi company with a walk in city centre booking office, offering 24hr cover
website

848 848 Taxis
3 Mary St, Lancaster. Tel: 01524 848 848.
website

A - B Taxis
Tel: 01524 60000
website

1st Travel Taxis
Tel: 01524 32688 or 07971460420
Brilliant airport service
website

Airport Shuttle
Tel: 01524 751629
Reliable travel to Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool airports
website

Morecambe:
ABC Taxis: (01524) 410884

Coastal Taxis
53a Queen Street, Morecambe
Tel No: 01524 424424 or 0800 666-666
Has 40 vehicles in total, a mixture of Hackney Carriage 4 and 6 seaters, 4 and 6 seater private hire saloons and 8 seat minibus private hire vehicles. Operates 24hrs / 365 days a year.

Morecambe & Heysham Taxis: (01524) 832111


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