Planning your visit to Liverpool – How to get here and where to stay

If you are planning to visit Liverpool here is some inside advice on getting there, where to stay and some other tips to help plan your trip.

Thinking of visiting Liverpool? Here is everything you need to know to help you with planning your visit to Liverpool. Including how to get here and where to stay.
If you have read my other post on visiting Liverpool (if not quickly read it here) I’m sure you will be desperate to visit as soon as you can. So here is some inside advice on planning your visit to Liverpool including getting there, where to stay and some other tips to help make sure your stay is a good one.

panoramic view of Liverpool skyline reflected in river Mersey at Albert dock

Getting here

Fly – Liverpool has an airport and although it isn’t huge there are flights to over 60 destinations.

Rail – Lime Street Station is a major train station so getting here by train is really easy. Lime Street is in the heart of the City so it’s easy to walk from the station into town or if you have the budget head towards the taxi rank. Travelling by train is expensive in the UK, the only way to save money is to book online. The plus side is you save a lot of money. The downside is you have to book your train in advance and you have to get on that train, it’s non-refundable and if you get caught on a train other than the one you are booked on they will either kick you off or charge you a lot of money to keep your seat!

Coach – The National Express station has now moved to Liverpool 1 so you can hop off the coach straight into the shopping centre…winning! You can get some really cheap seats if you book in advance with either National Express or Mega Bus

Hire Car – If you are going to be travelling around the UK or aren’t sure what dates you will be travelling then getting a hire car can be a good option. Do a search through Skyscanner for the best deals. Be warned you will need a credit card and the cheaper ones will pre-authorise up to £1000 as a deposit! Some of the bigger companies like Hertz will only pre-authorise £300. Make sure you check the deposit before you book.

Getting around

Most places you can get to on foot, if you don’t want to walk then the biggest taxi firm is Delta and they are always really quick or failing that get a Uber or hail a black cab.

If you are planning to visit Liverpool here is some inside advice on getting there, where to stay and some other tips to help plan your trip.

Where to stay

Unless you are travelling in by car you want to be staying somewhere close to the City Centre so you can easily walk to all of the attractions. There are plenty of incredible places to stay in the City Centre so you won’t struggle. Do be conscious that Liverpool does have 2 premier league football teams and a huge stadium which has big concerts and events. If you search for accommodation and it’s booked up it could be due to a big match or event so it’s best to check your dates with the local calendar before planning your trip. Or book early! I recommend checking both Skyscanner and Booking.com for the best deals. But here are a few recommendations depending on your budget.

Budget

Euro Hostel is right in the heart of the City Centre just off Matthew Street it has excellent reviews and free Wifi. For a dorm bed, it’s around £14.

Mid Range

Snooze This one is a little bit out of the City Centre but if you have a car there is free parking and Wifi. The city centre is 2 miles away which is fine if you are sightseeing, If you are planning on sampling the nightlife you will need to get a taxi back as it’s too far to walk late at night. Cost is about £35 including breakfast.

The Nadler Hotel If it’s nightlife you are after then this is the hotel you want! It’s on Seel Street in the RopeWalks district where some of the best bars in Liverpool are. It has great reviews and you can pay from £35 for a double/ twin room.

Splashing Out

The Liner at Liverpool This is one of my favourites! You can get a double room with breakfast for about £70 and I’d say it’s worth every penny! It’s central and it looks like a cruise ship…what more could you want?

Titanic Hotel If you like large rooms, rum and relaxing in a spa then this is the hotel for you! Rooms are around £80 per night

Posh Pads there are a lot of fantastic apartments in Liverpool and if you are coming with a group that this is the best and most cost-effective way to go. For 4 adults you are looking at around £140 per night.

Themed

I think Liverpool has to be one of the best places for themed hotels/ places to sleep. Here are my favourite ones.

Hard Days Night Hotel – If you’re a Beatles fan then this is the hotel for you! Located in Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter the hotel is full of Beatles artwork and rooms start at around £85 per night. If you are there on a weekend then make sure you head to their bar for live music!

Yellow  Sub has to be the best place to stay in Liverpool (in my opinion). You have three options: Yellow Submarine, The joker Boat or Titanic Boat. The boats sleep 8 people and one-night midweek will cost around £200. The hardest part would be deciding which one to pick!

Other things you need to know

Learning the language

If you think watching episodes of Downton Abbey has prepared you for your trip to England think again. Scousers (a term for people from Liverpool) have a very distinct accent and so many colloquial terms that no matter how good you think your English is you may need to invest in a good scouse dictionary. That said Scousers are some of the friendliest people in England and if you don’t understand something just ask. Here is a great article from the Liverpool Echo 27 things only scousers say, it’s a good place to start!

Tipping

Having lived both in the north and the south I have to say there is a bit of a tip divide. In Liverpool, we tip food and drink. It’s not as much as in the US as all our hospitality staff are paid a minimum wage so tips are extra and completely at your own discretion. I normally leave 10% for food and every few rounds tell the bar staff to “take your own” they will then take a nominal amount as a tip (this is normally 50p or £1) if you tell them to “take one for yourself” or “get yourself one” then they will either ring through a drink for themselves to have at the end of the shift or take the actual cost of the drink as a tip.

Toilets

Scousers are friendly. If you are female and in the toilet don’t be surprised if people start talking to you. On a weekend evening sometimes the best parties are happening in the toilets with everyone sharing life stories and lipstick.

Rollers and Pajamas

Don’t be shocked if you see girls walking around town on a Friday or Saturday with their hair in rollers possibly also in full make-up and possibly in their PJs. This is socially acceptable in Liverpool. The girls like to look good (and they do), they spend a lot of money on looking their best and don’t care what anyone might think of their rollers on a Saturday afternoon because in a few hours they are going to look amazing.

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Have you been to Liverpool yet? Or are you from there? feel free to share your recommendations bellow.

Thinking of visiting Liverpool? Here is everything you need to know to help you with planning your visit to Liverpool. Including how to get here and where to stay.

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26 Replies to “Planning your visit to Liverpool – How to get here and where to stay”

  1. That looks like a great compilation of hotels across categories. Will be surely checking these out before we make our selection for Liverpool. Oh, and I really loved the night shots of the city.

  2. I’m from Leeds and often I don’t understand the scousers! I agree they are great people though. I’d say Liverpool was the second most popular city in the UK after London. People travel from all over the world to go on the Beatles tour and visit Liverpool football club (maybe Everton too).

  3. The hair roller one really made me chuckle.
    I haven’t been to Liverpool, but while in Ireland we were very surprised to see people dressed up for the ball for actually going out in regular pubs! Especially now that we’re living in Germany, where the more dressed down you are the better!
    Thanks for all the useful info!

  4. Yeah, I guess its a little tricky to choose to book online or to buy as you travel because you might want to go check elsewhere so, I’ll rent a car giving more options to explore.

  5. I love the Liverpool hair rollers! I’ve stayed at 30 James Street which is great for bug groups. I also like how walkable Liverpool is. Nice guide.

  6. It is like a sign that I stumbled across this blog today! I was literally nagging my partner last night that we should visit Liverpool and this will deffo help! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. So many useful details! Thanks a lot! I think of visiting the UK next year, so maybe I will add Liverpool on my list. If only I have time… By the way, beautiful picture with a map!

  8. Liverpool sounds great fun. I haven’t been yet despite being from England so will have to check it out when I can.

    Thanks for the transportation info. Very helpful.

  9. I really wanted to go to Liverpool whilst living in the UK, but never made it. Darn it. I’m gonna try for the next time I’m in Old Blighty, later on this year. Pinned for future reference!

  10. I think I’d be surprised if somebody suddenly chats me up in a toilet. It doesn’t really happen where I come from. Filipinos are accommodating, but we really don’t do small talk. I think we’re bad at it haha…

    Hope to get to visit Liverpool someday.

  11. This looks like a comprehensive guide on how to get around liverpool. I like the list of hotel categories that you have provided as well as commute options. It will definitely come handy when I plan a trip here

  12. Wow, Liverpool seems so different than I imagined. Lots of practical advice!

  13. Great guide! Looks like a lovely place to visit! My family and I actually didn’t have enough time to stop by here while we were in the UK. Hope on our next trip we can spend maybe a day or two here 😀

  14. I’ve been contemplating a weekend trip to Liverpool at some point this year to do a bit of obsessing over the Beatles – those hotels you mentioned look (and sound!) absolutely incredible! I laughed out loud at some of your pointers too, especially the ‘learning the language’!

  15. I would love to stay at one of the themed hotels! I’ve never stayed in one before and love the Beatles so that would be a no brainer for me. That’s really interesting about the girls in hair curlers – that definitely would’ve caught me off guard had I not read about it beforehand! Hope to visit Liverpool soon 🙂

  16. These sure are great guidelines for a visit to Liverpool! I’m relieved to know I could spend as low as 14 Euros for a decent bed in the city! Hopeful to get there! Thank you for this post! You look good with those rollers on btw!

  17. Great advice. My mum is from Liverpool and I’ve spent plenty of time there. So true about the make-up and hair and people talking to you everywhere. Us northerners are pretty friendly 😉

  18. I live in the UK and have never ever been to Liverpool, this however makes me want to explore! That dock skyline is just beautiful! ?

  19. Loving the post. I’m looking to head to the U.K. in 2018, great to know I could look to you for some great info on accommodations, transportation and overall costs,

  20. I always had a negative idea about Liverpool, but your blog sounds like it’s a great place! I’ll keep it in mind.

  21. Great tips. In the US we are pretty quiet in the toilets so that would have surprised me. I’m traveling in the UK this May and will more than likely stop in Liverpool. I must confess that I’m a little intimidated by train transport so I’ll probably hire a car.

  22. Loving these tips! Thanks for all the insight. If I’m ever in Liverpool again I’ve now go the in :).

  23. Comprehensive guide for Liverpool! Good write up. Obviously saving this as a guide for future use! Rollers and PJs though…complete fashion assassination these sides.

  24. I’ve been to the UK a few times but have never made it to Liverpool. I must admit I did find UK toilet rituals a little strange at first, including women sharing a stall! The Hard Days Night hotel sounds awesome!

  25. Very informative and helpful post. I’ll definitely refer to this for planning a trip to Liverpool.

  26. Great tips, Claire! I’ve lived in the UK for three years but I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t made it to Liverpool yet. It’s definitely something I’ll need to rectify soon. Also, I had no idea about the PJs and rollers thing – or the toilet situation! London seems to be a completely different world 😀

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