The Best Ways to Travel to Cheltenham Festival


The Festival is one of the busiest weeks of the year here in Cheltenham. With thousands of visitors travelling to the town to see the most important jump racing of the year, the town is bound to be bustling. If you’re planning your trip to the races, make sure you take a look at our travel guide to find the best way to get here…


Buses

The usual Stagecoach D and E buses run regularly (around every 15 minutes) during the day, but there’s a special shuttle that runs during The Festival. It picks up at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and outside WH Smith in the Town Centre before dropping you off at the racecourse. They also run return buses that pick up from the Racecourse, stopping at Pittville Street and the Station. The bus service leaves from the South Car Park.


Coaches

National Express are the official coach partner of The Jockey Club. You can travel direct to the races from across the UK. Coaches arrive with plenty of time to place your bets and won’t depart until all races have finished. Find your nearest service (link to: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/destinations/cheltenham)


Driving

If you really fancy driving through Cheltenham during The Festival then be our guest, but traffic to the Racecourse can build up at peak times, including at the end of the day. It’s advised that you arrive early to avoid traffic.

The Evesham Road (A435) will be closed southbound for local road users between around 10:30 and 13:30. Then again between 16:30 and 20:00. This will allow cars to enter the Racecourse, but non-race-day traffic won’t be able to travel south to Cheltenham.

Alternatively, there’s a taxi rank, accessed via the main entrance off the roundabout adjacent to the Main Drive entrance.
 


Parking

There are plenty of spaces at the Racecourse to park your car should you choose to drive. Parking at The Festival costs £12 in advance and £20 if you pay on the day. Limos are charged the same prices as cars and coaches are free of charge. The parking scheme is colour coded, so your parking zone will match your label and preferred route.

If you’re dropping passengers off, follow the signs that will route you to the Green area, which will allow you to drop off in West Car Park. It is then a five-minute walk to the entrance.


Please visit our travel information page where you can find more detailed information about your visit to Cheltenham... 

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