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Travelling to Chester

Chester is easily accessible by many modes of transport – whether you are travelling by rail, car, bus or plane. Please check our route planner below to help you plan your journey to Chester. Once you arrive in the City there are numerous car parks, however, during peak times the easiest way to travel in to Chester city centre is via the park and ride facility.

The following information should prove useful when travelling to Chester.

Car Parks

Within the city there are over 5000 parking spaces run by both the council and private companies. The majority of parking is on a pay and display basis, so it is always useful to make sure you have some change.


Disabled Badge Holders (Blue Badge Scheme)

The Council has two parking areas dedicated to disabled badge holders in Frodsham Street and Hamilton Place (four hour maximum stay). In addition, disabled badge holders may park free of charge for up to four hours on any City Council pay and display car park, with the exception of Trinity Street.

Park and Ride

In these environmentally friendly times why not take the strain out of parking and use Chester’s park and ride facility. Throughout the City there are four locations (see details and map below) providing a total of 3170 parking spaces with buses running every 10 minutes it couldn’t be easier and economically friendly too!


The Park and Ride bus service runs every ten minutes at peak times and every 15 minutes off-peak. There are various drop off and pick up points around Chester -

Car parking is free, and the return bus fare costs just £2. Accompanied children under 16 years travel FREE (max 2 per adult)


Park and Ride Locations

Boughton Heath (CH3 5QD) (Service No 30) -Timetable (PDF)

Sealand Road (CH1 4LQ) (Service No 31) - Timetable (PDF)
Set down and Pick up point Bus Exchange (Route before 9am uses ring road)

Upton (CH2 1LH) (Service No 32) - Timetable (PDF)
Set down and pick up point Frodsham & Foregate Street respectively (Route before 9am uses ring road)

Wrexham Road (CH4 9DE) (Service No 33) - Timetable (PDF)
Set down and pick up point Foregate Street and Pepper Street
There are additional drop off points for all routes before 9.00am
The local bus travel is provided by Arriva travel, for specific journey details check their website at www.arrivabus.co.uk, or use our Route Finder a little further down this page.

For further information click here

Coach Travel

All National Express services in Chester now depart from the Bus Exchange. Chester Visitor Centre is the main ticket agency for National Express in Chester. Main Ticket line 08705 808080

Motorway Travel


Chester is linked directly to the national motorway system via the M53 and London and all the major regions of the UK are easily accessible from the City.
Distances by Road from Chester:

  • London 188 miles
  • Cardiff 152 miles
  • Birmingham 85 mile
  • Manchester 42 miles
  • Edinburgh 237 miles
  • Liverpool 18 miles
  • Bath 165 miles
  • Southampton 220 miles.

Rail Travel

Chester is well served by the British Rail Intercity network and enjoys fast frequent rail links to London and major cities in the UK.
The Eurostar Rail Service is to Waterloo Station in London, with other services up to the North West.
The Rail Link through to Manchester Airport includes 4 through trains from and to Chester.
Duration of Journey by Rail:

  • London Euston 2.75 hours
  • Cardiff 4 hours
  • Birmingham 1.75 hours
  • Manchester 1 hour
  • Edinburgh 4.5 hours
  • Liverpool 45 minutes

Sea Travel

Sealink/Irish Ferries between Holyhead (2 hours by the A55 road from Chester) and Dun Laoghaire (6 miles from Dublin) and Dublin itself.
Duration of Sailings - Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire/Dublin 1.75-3.5 hours.

Air Travel

Chester is well served by airports with Liverpool (30 minutes) and Manchester (40 minutes) from Chester providing both national and international flights.
For those who like to travel independently Hawarden airport is located just 4 miles outside Chester.