Travelling around Stoke-on-Trent, the city with six towns
Stoke-on-Trent is unique in its geographical make up, formed by a federation of six towns that run in a rough line from north to south. Although the city is named after the original town of Stoke, which is where the council offices and railway station are located, Hanley is regarded as being the city centre, where the bus station is. The four other towns are Burslem, Fenton, Longton and Tunstall. Sounds complicated! but getting around Stoke-on-Trent is actually quick and easy…
Many of our attractions are within walking distance of each other. The city is easy to get around by walking and has miles of quieter off-road routes, including greenways and towpaths. You can plan your walking route using this online journey planner.
Stoke-on-Trent has a wonderful network of over 150km of cycle routes, including off-road routes such as canal towpaths, river paths and greenways where you can explore the hidden, green areas of the city by bike or by foot. Two National Cycle Network (NCN) Routes pass through Stoke-on-Trent; number 5 and 55.
The railway station has a Brompton Bike Hire and Cycle Hub on Platform 1. It’s a modern, well-equipped and secure cycle centre with 10 folding ‘Brompton’ bicycles available for hire and 60 secure stands where you can park your bike for free. There are also stands for 28 cycles on Platform 1 and a further 24 stands in Car Park 3 (Platform 2/3). Plan your cycle route with this online journey planner.
Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Bus Station is the main hub for local bus services in the city. It has state-of-the-art passenger facilities, including an information office, a convenience store and free toilets, and is staffed from 5am until midnight.
A number of bus companies operate services within the city, with First Potteries operating the majority of these. Click here to plan your route.
If you travel into the city by train, a PLUSBUS ticket offers great value for money, giving you unlimited bus travel around Stoke-on-Trent on virtually all buses at a discount price. Buy it with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office or online – click here to find out more.
There is a regular local rail service which serves Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station and other local stations in and around the city, providing a quick and convenient way of getting to a number of local attractions
The main Stoke-on-Trent station is just over a mile from the city centre and also has good direct bus connections for a number of attractions in the city. The station is only a 30 minute cycle from most areas in the city.
It’s easy to take a taxi to get around the city. There are taxi ranks outside the train station and on Stafford Streetin the city centre. There are also numerous private hire operators to take pre booked fares.
The city council has 33 long and short stay car parks, 11 of which are in Hanley – their website gives information about locations and charges. Make sure to check your route across the city before setting off – The AA’s Route Planner can help.
Planning your travel
Traveline can help you to plan journeys using local bus and rail services across the country and provides impartial and comprehensive information on public transport.