It consists of the city of Liverpool and the boroughs of Knowsley, Sefton and St.Helens on the east of the River Mersey, and the borough of Wirral, which is part of the peninsula of the same name, on the west of the River Mersey.
Cities, towns and villages
- 2 Birkenhead, Wirral
- 3 Bootle
- 4 Bromborough and Eastham, Wirral
- 5 Crosby
- 6 Formby
- 7 Heswall
- 8 Newton-le-Willows
- 9 Port Sunlight – picturesque model village and Bebington, Wirral
- 10 St Helens
- 11 Southport
- 12 Wallasey and New Brighton, Wirral
- 13 West Kirby, Caldy, Hoylake and Meols, Wirral
- 14 Central North Wirral, covering Greasby, Frankby, Irby, Upton, Woodchurch, Moreton and Leasowe
- 15 Central Wirral, covering Barnston, Brimstage, Thornton Hough and Raby
Merseyside is one of the metropolitan counties of England, created in 1974. Before that, Wirral was wholly within Cheshire and the area north and east of the Mersey was part of Lancashire.
- 1 Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL IATA) receives flights from Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Eire, the Canary Islands, continental Europe and the Mediterranean.
The nearest airport for flights from North America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East is Manchester Airport, which is about an hour away by car. Though, the major intercontinental routes are through Heathrow and Gatwick in London.
The M62, M53, M57 and M58 motorways connect Merseyside to the national motorway network.
- Dublin ferries arrive at the 3 P&O Irish Sea terminal, Gladstone Dock, Liverpool. The Dublin ferry arrives at Birkenhead during the winter.
- Belfast ferries arrive at the 4 Stena Lines terminal, Twelve Quays, Birkenhead.
- The Isle of Man ferry arrives at Liverpool's Pier Head.
- 5 Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Pier Head. If you want to arrive in style.
By car and motorbike
Motorists should be aware that the two road tunnels, from Birkenhead and Wallasey to Liverpool, both have a toll for use. The toll booths are all situated on the Wirral side of the river.
By train and bus
Frequent and reliable Merseyrail services operate between many of Merseyside's stations. There is also an extensive bus network. Saveaway tickets are valid on all public transport in Merseyside. These can be purchased at any staffed railway or bus stations in Merseyside. An "all areas" ticket is best, particularly if intending to also travel to Chester and Ellesmere Port. The ticket costs about £5 per day, for off-peak use.
Passengers can take a bike on Merseyrail trains or the Mersey ferry at no extra charge. Cycling is not permitted through the Wallasey (Kingsway) road tunnel at all, and not permitted through Birkenhead (Queensway) road tunnel from 6am to 8pm on Monday to Friday, 7am to 8pm on Saturday and 8am to 9pm on Sunday. Cyclists will have to use the train or ferry to cross the river, during these times. If using the Queensway tunnel during the night, cyclists must also maintain a speed of at least 10mph uphill for about one mile, so a good fitness level is required.