Travelling to Stoke-on-Trent

Getting Here

Stoke-on-Trent is centrally placed in the heart of England, between Manchester and Birmingham. Whether it's by road, rail, water or air, The Potteries is within easy reach and we have a great network of public transport to help you get around once you arrive...

By Car

Stoke-on-Trent is conveniently located just off junctions 15 and 16 of the M6 and is linked by the A500 (known locally as 'the D road'). The A50 also cuts through the city, providing an east-west link to the M1. Make sure to check your route before setting off – The AA's Route Planner can help.

By Coach

National Express connects Stoke-on-Trent with hundreds of UK towns and cities Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Bus Station provides state-of-the-art passenger facilities, including an information office, interactive touch-screen bus journey planners, a convenience store and toilets and is staffed from 5am until midnight.

By Train

Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station is on the West Coast Mainline and operated by Virgin Trains. Stoke-on-Trent is less than 90 minutes on the half-hourly train service from London and there's regular high speed trains direct from London Euston, Birmingham and Manchester. It also provides an interchange on the Crewe to Derby line for various local services running through Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The National Rail Enquiries website provides all timetable and ticket information.

The station is just two miles from the city centre and has good bus connections for attractions in the city. A busy taxi rank is located outside the station and there is also a Brampton Dock Cycle hub, where you can hire and park your bicycle.

By Canal

The city is served by the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Caldon Canal, which branches off at Etruria. Around 10,000 boats a year visit Stoke-on-Trent. There are free moorings at Trentham, Barlaston, Etruria/Lock 38, Longport, Westport Lake, and at the Harecastle Tunnel.

By Plane

Stoke-on-Trent is just a 45 minute drive to Manchester Airport, and within a 60 minute drive to Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport. There are regular train services from Manchester Piccadilly Train Station, which offers a connection to Manchester Airport, and there's a direct service to Stoke-on-Trent from the train station at Birmingham Airport.

Planning Your Travel

Traveline can help you to plan journeys using local bus and rail services across the country and provides impartial and comprehensive information on public transport.

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