Bolton travel guide

Bolton Tourism | Bolton Guide

You're Going to Love Bolton

With a population of 141,331, Bolton is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. We recommend you stay at least 5 days in order to fully appreciate everything Bolton has to offer.

Where to Eat in Bolton

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Cherry Tree (Chorley Road Blackrod) and Cross Guns (390 Blackburn Road) are great picks.

When to visit Bolton

Bolton in March
Estimated hotel price
$69
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bolton in March
Estimated hotel price
$69
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Bolton

Plane

Although Bolton doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Manchester Airport (UK) (MAN), which is located 17 miles from Bolton. The shortest flight to Bolton from the United States departs from Boston and takes around 8h 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Bolton, followed by Northern Rail. The train journey from Bolton to London takes 2h 54m and costs around $99 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Glasgow, expect to pay about $109 for a 3h 12m trip. Located 2.0 miles from the city center, Bolton Moses Gate is the busiest station in Bolton. Another popular train station is Bolton Bromley Cross, located 2 miles from the center.

Car

Another option to get to Bolton is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 173 miles from Bolton. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bolton, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Warrington, the bus ride to Bolton takes 40 miles and will cost you around $11. From Bradford, the ticket costs about $12 for a journey of 60 miles. Bolton’s bus station is located 0.3 miles from the city center.

Plane

Although Bolton doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Manchester Airport (UK) (MAN), which is located 17 miles from Bolton. The shortest flight to Bolton from the United States departs from Boston and takes around 8h 55m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Bolton, followed by Northern Rail. The train journey from Bolton to London takes 2h 54m and costs around $99 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Glasgow, expect to pay about $109 for a 3h 12m trip. Located 2.0 miles from the city center, Bolton Moses Gate is the busiest station in Bolton. Another popular train station is Bolton Bromley Cross, located 2 miles from the center.

Car

Another option to get to Bolton is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 173 miles from Bolton. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bolton, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Warrington, the bus ride to Bolton takes 40 miles and will cost you around $11. From Bradford, the ticket costs about $12 for a journey of 60 miles. Bolton’s bus station is located 0.3 miles from the city center.

Airports near Bolton

Airlines serving Bolton

Lufthansa
Good (4,676 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (941 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,749 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,172 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,445 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,597 reviews)
Air France
Good (976 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,100 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,937 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,352 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,231 reviews)
LOT
Good (672 reviews)
Finnair
Good (765 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,178 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (847 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Bolton

Most booked hotels in Bolton

Holiday Inn Express Leigh - Sports Village
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 2306 reviews)
$97+
Red Hall Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 995 reviews)
$95+
Ramada by Wyndham Chorley South
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 3524 reviews)
$54+
Bolton Stadium Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, 1900 reviews)
$94+
Holiday Inn Bolton Centre
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, 1834 reviews)
$91+
Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa
4 stars
Excellent (8, 2582 reviews)
$112+

Renting a car in Bolton

Renting a car in Bolton costs $36 per day, on average, or $182 if you want to rent if for 5 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 22% cheaper than airport locations in Bolton.

Expect to pay $7.00 per gallon in Bolton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $84.04 and $112.05. The most frequently booked car type in Bolton is Intermediate (Kia XCeed or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (GWM Ora Good Cat or similar) are, on average, 82% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Bolton costs $36 per day, on average, or $182 if you want to rent if for 5 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 22% cheaper than airport locations in Bolton.

Expect to pay $7.00 per gallon in Bolton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $84.04 and $112.05. The most frequently booked car type in Bolton is Intermediate (Kia XCeed or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (GWM Ora Good Cat or similar) are, on average, 82% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.