Plan your trip
Boltonís great location makes it the ideal place for a day out or a short break, by road or rail. We're only 12 miles from Manchester city centre and 20 miles from Manchester Airport - making it the perfect base for exploring both Greater Manchester and the best of the North West. Use the information below to plan your trip. Why not print out the town centre map before you arrive, so you can use it while youíre here?
Travelling by bus or coach
Bolton has a great bus service with routes all over the Northwest region. For more information call 0161 244 1000 or visit http://www.gmpte.com/. For information on coach travel across the UK visit http://www.nationalexpress.com/
Metroshuttle - Free town centre bus
When you arrive in Bolton why not take advantage of our free town centre bus service which runs every 10 minutes during peak hours. The bus calls at places of interest, railway and bus stations and major shopping areas in the town centre. Visit http://www.bolton.gov.uk/sites/documentcentre/Documents/Bolton%20Metroshuttle%20route.pdf for more details.
Traveling by rail
Bolton benefits from one of Greater Manchester’s busiest rail stations. For more information on rail services to Bolton, please visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or http://www.thetrainline.com/
Travelling by car
Bolton's easily accessible by road - the M60, M61 and M6 are all on our doorstep - so you can base yourself here and get out and about into the rugged beauty of the West Pennine Moors. To plan your route, please visit www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp
For more information on car parking in Bolton click on the links below:
Council run car parks http://moss.bolton.gov.uk/website/pages/Carparkscouncil.aspx?bid=1141