As one of the fastest developing cities in the UK, the entire region of Liverpool boasts one of the most impressive transport networks in the whole country. What’s more is that the cost of transportation in Liverpool is also quite affordable, allowing residents that live here to take full advantage of it and get to their destination cheaply, regardless of where they’re going.
In this article, we will look in-depth at Liverpool’s transport network and its connections as a whole. We’ll look at train, bus, and ferry routes, as well as the Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the destinations that it covers.
Liverpool Rail Network
Liverpool’s rail network (also known as MerseyRail) is the city’s most impressive and widely used mode of public transport. It is made up of two main lines, the Northern Line and the Wirral Line. The Northern Line covers four different routes, with their end destinations and connecting services being:
- Ormskirk (with connecting services to Preston)
- Southport (with connecting services to Wigan and Manchester)
- Kirkby (with connecting services to Wigan)
- Hunts Cross (with connecting services to Manchester)
The Wirral line, on the other hand, covers the Wirral, which is the area (Birkenhead) to the West of Liverpool, over the Mersey River. The Wirral also covers four different end routes, including:
- Chester (with connecting services to Wales, Warrington, Wigan, Manchester & Crewe)
- Ellesmere Port (with connecting services to Ince, Elton, Stanlow & Helsby).
- New Brighton (no connecting services)
- West Kirkby (no connecting services)
When it comes to prices, tickets for the Mersey Rail Network vary. The most popular is a Day Saver, which can be bought for one or all areas that Mersey Rail covers. The cost for Day Saver for one area currently costs £4.45 for one area and £5.95 for all areas. For young people between five and eighteen years old, the Day Save costs £2,20 and £2,95, respectively. And if you were to travel and use the Mersey Rail network more often, you should definitely consider a longer-term ticket as you’ll get a ton of value for money from them.
Liverpool Bus Network
With car parking in Liverpool being at a premium, bus transportation is a popular alternative for commuters that want to get from point A to B. The city of Liverpool and the surrounding area is covered by the popular bus company Arriva.
At the moment, they cover a few dozen routes throughout Liverpool, ranging from almost every part of Liverpool’s city centre to the more distant towns and cities around Liverpool. On Arriva’s official website, they say that they currently have a total of 42 different bus services. Some of the most notable bus routes that Arriva cover include:
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport
- Liverpool – Crosby
- Liverpool – Huyton
- Liverpool – Warrington
- Liverpool – Southport
- Liverpool – St. Helens
When it comes to tickets, Arriva’s structure is quite varied and more complicated than that of MerseyRail. With Arriva, you can buy a variety of tickets, including single and return, multi-journey, route safer, family & parent tickets, student saver tickets, and a whole lot more. So, before using Arriva, it’s worth heading over to their website and finding the type of ticket that makes the most sense to you.
Liverpool Ferry Network
Unlike most cities in the UK, the city of Liverpool sits right on the Mersey River with easy access to the Irish Sea. As a result of its water-front location, Liverpool offers its residents an alternative mode of transportation – ferries.
Currently, the ferries from Liverpool cover two main destinations, the Isle of Man and Ireland’s Dublin. There are 24 ferry cruises to both destinations each week, twelve of which are operated by P&O Cruises and the other twelve by Steam Packet. The average travel time to the Isle of Man is around three hours, while it will take around eight to reach Dublin.
The ferry prices vary depending on several factors, including what time of year you are travelling, which ferry route you’re taking, the ferry operator that you’re using, and more. To give you a ballpark figure, getting to Dublin by ferry will cost you around £99 while getting to the Isle of Man will set you back around £55.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
The Liverpool John Lennon Airport is a gem for people that live in and around Liverpool. It allows them easy access to over 64 destinations (most of which are across Europe) across eight airlines, one of which is the budget-friendly airline Ryanair.
The Liverpool John Lennon Airport is small and compact, offering passengers that fly through it a variety of benefits, including:
- There are hardly ever any queues
- Getting to your gate takes just a few minutes
- Going through security is fast and straightforward
- Flight tickets are affordable due to the variety of budget-friendly airlines operating out of Liverpool’s airport.
Not only that, but the airport itself is in a very convenient location, making it easy to reach both for the residents of Liverpool as well as those who live nearby. From the city centre, the Liverpool airport is located around eight miles, which takes around 26 minutes by car.
What’s more is the Liverpool transportation networks (bus, rail, airport, and ferry) are extremely well connected together. What this means is that people from all over Liverpool can use the rail or bus links to get to the airport or the dock where the ferries depart from.
As far as costs are concerned, flights from Liverpool airport start at around £9.99, which is extremely impressive value for money, even if the destinations aren’t on top of every travellers list.
The Liverpool council has done an extremely good job at making sure the residents of Liverpool have access to a very impressive transportation network that links virtually every transport service together. Not only that, but travelling in and around Liverpool using public transport is also extremely affordable, hence why it’s so widely used.
Liverpool’s fantastic transport network by rail, road, sea, and air makes the city even more desirable for those who are looking to buy a property. So, rest assured that if you decide to sell at any point in the future, your property will get a ton of interest from the public as well as from cash house buyers in Liverpool.