Trains from London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa generally run hourly and take about two hours. Some services require a change at Swindon.
Trains from Birmingham generally run every half an hour and take about 35 minutes.
From Bristol, trains leave every hour and take about 35 minutes.
Additional services run during the Festival.
Shuttle buses run from Cheltenham station to the racecourse and it’s a good idea to allow at least 45 minutes for the journey as racecourse approach roads become heavy with traffic.
Cheltenham station is about 10 minutes by train from Gloucester.
The closest airports to Cheltenham racecourse are Birmingham and Bristol. These airports provide flights to many national and international destinations. Gloucestershire Airport is in Staverton at junction 11 of the M5 and can schedule private flights.There is a helipad at the racecourse.
Stagecoach service D and E runs every 6/7 minutes during the day and between 10 minutes and every hour on Monday to Saturday evenings. The service runs hourly on Sundays.
For The Festival and The Open the D bus will be rerouted around the course. This won’t cause any stops to be missed.
For New Year’s Day Stagecoach run a 15 minute service from the Railway Station via the town Centre from 09:30 until the first race and the same from the last race.
Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout. For local Stagecoach information please call 0870 6082608.
At The Festival and The Open a shuttle bus service will be operating, picking up at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and in the centre of town before dropping off at the Racecourse. Return buses pick up from the Racecourse with stops at Pittville Street and then the Station.
National Express offer dedicated services to the Cheltenham Festival from over 20 locations across the UK, including Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading and Wolverhampton.
Walking to the racecourse
It’s a 20-minute walk from Cheltenham town centre to the racecourse and when the traffic is heavy it can be quicker than a bus or taxi. It’s uphill on the outward journey which is good news for the walk back into the town. Although you do need to thread your way through those who will be staggering from side to side.
The course is located on the A435 north of Cheltenham five miles from the M5 turn off. It is around a 5-10 minute drive from Cheltenham town centre. On festival mornings we recommend you leave yourself plenty of time to travel as surrounding roads get extremely busy.