Getting To The Races

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Cheltenham Festival

Heart has also come up with a Guide to how to get to the races:

BY CAR: There are extensive car parks to use and AA signs will be in place to direct you to the course.

Merseyrail train leaving Conway ParkBY TRAIN: A bus link runs from Cheltenham Spa station every 2 hours before racing, returning after the races.

Cross Country run regular trains to and from Cheltenham Spa to the South West, Wales, Manchester, the Midlands and North East. For the Festival you can buy shuttle bus tickets alongside train ticket at

First Great Western will be running additional train services between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa over the course of the Festival

You can also travel to the Festival on board the totesport special train from London Euston – for more information call 0800 666 160 . To ease the boarding of trains at Paddington and Cheltenham Spa a queuing systems will be in place.

Customers not travelling to the races are advised to make their journeys after 11am and before 6pm - outside the busiest times. Large numbers of travellers are expected and some congestion may occur.


This private steam train goes directly to the racecourse from Toddington. 

A variety of hospitality options are available and can only be booked in advance on 08456 528 888 or visit

First Bus HampshireBY BUS:

Stagecoach services D runs every 10 minutes during the day and between 10 minutes and every hour in the evenings from Monday to Saturday.

Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout.

For local Stagecoach information call 0870 6082608


Ryanair is the official airline partner for the Festival – you can get more flight details at

Helicopters at the festival – call RDK Emprise on 01453 821307 or email To arrange to land your own helicopter call Helicopter and Aviation services on 01427 718800 or visit


There are 52 secure bicycle parks next to the Centaur and Best Mate enclosure entrances. Cycle paths for safer access and egress for cyclists are to be created.


Racegoers are advised to share a car. Visit or you can call 08700 111199 for car sharing information.


Travel Information Boards are provided at the three main entrances offering up-to-date bus and train timetables, cycle routes and car sharing and walking options.

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