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Getting to Cheltenham

Cheltenham is easily accessible by road and rail, and even has a small airport. The convenient town centre location of many events means it can get busy, so make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey. For a comprehensive guide to getting to Cheltenham, please use our links below, or visit the Visit Cheltenham website.


By Train

Cheltenham Spa is well served by CrossCountry trains, including direct services from many mainline stations including Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Edinburgh. The railway station (GL51 8NP) is located approximately 1 mile from the town centre, and local buses depart into Cheltenham town centre every few minutes.

Train tickets & enquiries:

Official Rail Partner

Bus / Coach

By Bus or Coach

Stagecoach run regular services locally and to nearby town and villages – for route maps and timetables, visit

National Express Coaches operate services between many major cities and Cheltenham Spa’s Royal Well bus station (GL50 3PD). See the National Express Coaches website for more details.

Park + Ride

Park & Ride

If arriving by car we recommend that you use Cheltenham’s Park & Ride service, this is located at Arle Court (GL51 6SY, near M5 Junction 11) and Cheltenham Racecourse (GL50 4SH). Parking is free, and the service runs every few minutes into the Town Centre; but please note that times vary on Sundays.

For more information visit the Park and Ride Web Page

PLEASE NOTE: Park & Ride services are not operated by Cheltenham Festivals and do not drop off directly at Festival sites.

Car Share

Car Sharing with goCarShare

Why not consider car sharing to Cheltenham this year? With the average 100 mile car journey leading to over 20 kg of CO2 being produced, goCarShare has the potential to help reduce the festivals’ carbon footprint considerably. It’s a great way to save money if you are driving and, as it is built around Facebook, you can see if your friends are going, find like-minded people to travel with, and check people out before agreeing to share.

So if you’re driving, or need a lift, click here and share the journey!


Gloucestershire Airport

Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton, offers daily scheduled flights to and from the Isle of Man provided by and welcomes private and commercial flights. Airport amenities include car hire, pub/restaurant, and free wi-fi. Airport operating hours are 08:30 – 19:30pm with extensions available on request. For further information please call 01452 857700 ext 223.

For more information visit