Cheltenham Festival Travel 2018


If you're planning on heading to the races, get all your traffic & travel info here!

Travelling By Car:

  • Traffic will be busy between 10am - 12pm and 3pm - 6pm on race days and you are advised to plan your route before you travel.

  • Follow the yellow or brown signed routes to the racecourse.

  • M5 South bound heading from Worcestershire -  Busy J10 to J11

  • M5 North bound heading from Stroud - Busy J11 to 13

  • Busy local routes A40, Golden Valley, Albert Road, New Barn Lane, Hill Court Road, Princess Elizabeth Way, Tewksbury Road.

Travelling By Bus:

  • Stagecoach will operating from to and from Cheltenham Train Station between 9.15 until 15 minutes prior to first race, and return, from 15.15 to 9.15.

  • Buses will leave Cheltenham town Centre picking up outside WH Smith.

  • Return buses pick up from the Racecourse with stops at Pitville Street.

  • Service 527 will also provide a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout

Travelling By Train: 

  • Buses are running from Cheltenham Spa Station from 2 hours before racing; returning after racing.

Pick Up And Drop Off Points:

  • There is a pick up and drop off area at the bottom of the West Car Park, which is about 5 minutes walk from the gates.


  • You are advised to plan your parking as advance festival parking has now closed.

  • There’s Park and Ride at Arle Court for the town and plenty of pop up car parks around the racecourse.

  • North Place car park is closest to the site but here's a full list of car parks (for times and prices please go to their individual websites)  plus there will be pop up car parks around the racecourse: 

North Place 
Pay & Display: 
Postcode for sat nav: GL50 4DW

Sherborne Place Pay & Display:

Postcode for sat nav: GL52 2SE

Grosvenor Terrace Multi-storey: 
Postcode for sat nav: GL52 2SA

Chelt Walk
 Pay & Display: 
Postcode for sat nav: GL50 3DS

St James Street
 Pay & Display:
Postcode for sat nav: GL50 2PR

Regent Arcade 
Pay on foot:

Postcode for sat nav: GL50 1JZ

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