Here's how we're running over Christmas and New Year in Blackburn


Christmas isn't just about turkey and mince pies. Well, OK, so a few mince pies will be consumed. But there's lots of other amazing things going on across Lancashire - and there's no better way of getting there than by bus. 

With the holidays just around the corner, we've put together this handy summary of how we're running to help you with your planning.

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Saturday 23 December Normal service
Sunday 24 December
Christmas Eve
Sunday service, with the last buses shown below
Monday 25 December
Christmas Day
No service
Tuesday 26 December
Boxing Day
Our amazing Boxing Day buses are back for another year!
Wednesday 27 December Saturday service
Thursday 28 December Saturday service
Friday 29 December Saturday service
Saturday 30 December Saturday service
Sunday 31 December
New Year's Eve
Sunday service, with the last buses shown below
Monday 1 January
New Year's Day
No service
Tuesday 2 January Buses return to normal

Fun things to do

Still looking for things to do over the holidays? Don't worry - we've got you covered.

Late night shopping at The Mall, Blackburn
Every Thursday in December

Still haven't done your Christmas shopping yet? Don't worry, neither have we! But don't worry – The Mall in Blackburn is open until 8pm, every Thursday in December. What's more, all of our buses in Blackburn stop at the bus station – right on the doorstep of The Mall. It couldn't be easier – shop until you drop, and let us take you home afterwards.

All of our buses in Blackburn, including the 6 & 7, red express and hotline will drop you off at the bus station, right outside the entrance to The Mall.

Oswaldtwistle Mills, Oswaldtwistle
Throughout November and December

No Christmas would be complete without a visit to 'Ozzy Mills'.  Whether you're browsing for gifts or on a mission to get Christmas sorted, a visit to the Mills might be just the ticket. And you can take the kids to Santa's workshop and Grotto, too!

Jump on the 6 & 7 – all of our buses stop right outside Oswaldtwistle Mills.

Manchester Christmas Markets, Manchester
10 November – 20 December

Manchester's world famous, award-winning Christmas markets are back for another year! One of the largest events of its kind in the UK, the market magically winds its way through some of the city's most eye-catching streets. Grab a German sausage, enjoy a mulled wine or two, and pick up some unique crafts – we'll do the driving for you.

Red express from Blackburn and Accrington drops you off in the heart of the action beside Albert Square – and when you're finished, we'll pick you up again.

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Most of our buses will run to a Sunday timetable on Christmas Eve, with the last buses running around tea time. Here's all of the details.


Last bus


1910 Blackburn to Darwen Cemetery
1839 Darwen Cemetery to Blackburn


1840 Accrington to Blackburn


1910 Blackburn to Accrington

Valleyline 22

1718 Clitheroe to Blackburn
1630 Blackburn to Clitheroe
1625 Shadsworth to Blackburn
1610 Blackburn to Shasdworth


Buses on Sundays are run by Stagecoach. Details of their Christmas buses will be available soon on the Stagecoach website.


1728 Burnley to Preston
1818 Blackburn to Preston
1928 Burnley to Blackburn

1800 Preston to Burnley
1839 Blackburn to Burnley
1900 Preston to Blackburn

red express

1700 Blackburn to Manchester
1845Manchester to Blackburn

Our amazing Boxing Day buses are back for another year!

Let's face it - nobody actually likes cold turkey butties, do they? Ditch the mountain of washing up, get outdoors, take in some fresh air and walk off that Christmas pudding.


every 30 minutes between Blackburn and Darwen

first bus leaves Blackburn to Darwen at 0930
first bus leaves Darwen to Blackburn at 0957

last bus from Blackburn to Darwen at 1700
last bus from Darwen to Blackburn at 1727

red express

every hour between Blackburn, Accrington and Manchester

first bus leaves Blackburn to Manchester at 0855
first bus leaves Accrington to Manchester at 0923
first bus leaves Manchester to Blackburn at 1045
first bus leaves Accrington to Blackburn at 1157

last bus from Blackburn to Manchester at 1555
last bus from Accrington to Manchester at 1623
last bus from Manchester to Blackburn at 1745
last bus from Accrington to Blackburn at 1857