Getting To Cheltenham

By Train

Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa generally run hourly and take about two hours. 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. It is a 10 minute taxi ride from the station.

Classic Hospitality Limited operate a magnificent steam train which travels from Toddington Railway Station directly to the back of the main Grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse enabling racegoers to arrive at the races in style!


By Air

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.The walking route from the station is well maintained and easy to follow, taking approximately 40 minutes. The route is predominantly traffic free along a shared cycleway/footway.

By Bus

From Cheltenham

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 will be operating 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 outside WH Smith 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.

• Return from Station – £5
• Single from Station – £3
• Single from Town – £2.50
• Single from Racecourse – £2.50

National Express offer dedicated services to Cheltenham Festival from 21 locations across the UK. The coach will get you to The Festival™ with plenty of time to place your bets and won’t depart until all the races have finished. Customers who purchase a National Express coach travel, will receive their e-ticket via email provided in the booking. Please check your junk folders just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of your inbox.

Coaches – The relevant signs will direct you to this area, please follow the RED route. Please note that buses with 15 seats or less will need to purchase a public car parking pass. The cost of this is £8 in advance or £15 on the day. We are unable to provide complimentary tickets to coach or bus drivers.

By Road

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.



Parking is free at all of our meetings except Friday and Saturday of The Open and all four days of The Festival. On these days limos are charged the same prices as cars and coaches are free of charge. Parking for The Festival is £8 in advance and £15 on the day. During The Open it is £4 in advance and £5 on the day.


Traffic to the site can build up at peak times, and therefore we would advise you to arrive early to avoid the traffic. In addition, especially at the major meetings the traffic exiting the course can also build up, so please do be aware of this when making travel arrangements.

Residents parking – The Open and The Festival

For The Open (November) and The Festival (March) a temporary traffic order is in place on the streets around the course. Visitors will not be able to park in these streets, as only local residents will be able to park using their parking permit. For local residents, parking permits are issued by the council, via MiPermits.

Information taken from the festival website (