Car hire from Blackpool Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
Blackpool is a popular holiday resort in the northwest of England, known for the Pier, the Illuminations and the Pleasure Beach. It’s also close by to the Lake District and an hour away from Manchester.
Blackpool Airport was forced to close in October 2014, however it currently operates as a small UK airfield for smaller aircraft and helicopters.
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Where to hire a car in Blackpool Airport
There aren’t currently any options for car rental directly form Blackpool airport. However, there are buses and trams that run frequently between Cocker Street and the centre of Blackpool’s beach and town.
Petrol stations close to Blackpool Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a petrol station to the left of the airport. Exit the airport, turning left towards the sea, past Squires Gate Station and you’ll see the petrol station on your left.
Driving around Blackpool Airport
Blackpool Airport is situated at the bottom of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It’s easy to reach Blackpool and Lytham St Annes from the airport, as well as Preston using the A583.
Popular destinations to drive to from Blackpool Airport
Blackpool Town Centre
The town centre is just a 10 minute drive north of the airport. This is where you can find a place to stay for the evening, as well as a number of restaurants, shops and bars.
Turn right when exiting the airport onto Squires Gate Laneway, and then turn left onto St Anne’s road. Follow the signs for the city centre – however you will find that the main ‘buzz’ is all along the beach.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Pleasure Beach is known for it’s pier and it’s illuminations, having been a popular British seaside resort since the 1920s.
To reach the beach, turn left as you exit the airport then turn right onto the main promenade. You will find that this can become extremely busy during summer, and there are often horse and carts on the road too. It can be difficult to find a parking space along the seafront, there are a number of secure car parks around Blackpool Tower and the North Shore.
Lytham St Annes
This is a smaller seaside resort to the south of Blackpool. Turn left when you leave the airport, then turn left again to reach Lytham St Annes. You can find a cosy B&B or affordable hotel to stay in here, right by the beach!
The capital of the north is an industrial hub, a University city and an up-and-coming place to live in the UK, as it’s so much more affordable than London.
Manchester is an hours drive away from Blackpool via the M61, however, the city does have it’s own airport. Follow the A587 out of Blackpool, then merge onto the M55, and continue onto the M61. There is on street Pay & Display parking available in the centre, but your vehicle will be safer in a multi-story car park.