cancel icon
Stoke on Trent, City of Culture

Getting Around

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…

Click here to download a map of the city, which includes our major tourist attractions

Click here to download maps of the town centres

By foot

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.

By bicycle

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.

Click here to download a copy of the China Trail cycle route map

Click here to see an interactive online cycling map for the city

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.

By bus

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.

Click here to for an interactive online bus network map

By train

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.

Click here to download some information about onward travel from the railway station.

By taxi

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.

By car

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.

Useful websites / links