Easily accessible by road or rail

Bolton’s great location makes it the ideal place for a day out or a short break, by road or rail - Get directions. 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.


By car, train or bus...

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Town centre map showing places of interest and parking.

Park FREE for 90 minutes at the Market Place too! See details.

Bolton Life
  • 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. See car parks in Bolton.

  • Travelling by train

    Bolton benefits from one of Greater Manchester’s busiest rail stations. For more information on rail services to Bolton, please visit or

  • 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 For information on coach travel across the UK visit

  • Metroshuttle 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? For more information on the Metroshuttle bus, see

  • Parking

    For information about parking in Bolton, including coach and motorcycle parking see