Cheltenham Festival Travel

The home of national Hunt racing in the United Kingdom is located only 100 miles West of London. With the growth in popularity of the Cheltenham Festival over the last four decades, the Cheltenham Racecourse has become increasingly accessible to race-goers.

Cheltenham Festival Travel by Car:

Cheltenham can be accessed from cities in the North and South of England via the M5. Cheltenham Festival travellers commuting from the East will find it easiest to make use of the A40. Once in Cheltenham head for the town centre.
Cheltenham Racecourse is well signposted by the AA and is within two miles of the town centre. Although parking for the Cheltenham Festival is not free, extensive parking facilities are available at Prestbury Park.

Cheltenham Festival Travel by Bus:

Several major bus services travel from towns and cities within England to Cheltenham, check your local bus service for information. Busses from nearby villages such as Stroud depart for Cheltenham hourly.

Once in Cheltenham look out for the special bus link at the station which is set up specifically for race-day commuters. Stagecoach D commutes to the racecourse every ten minutes and service 527 provides a regular service to the racecourse roundabout.

Cheltenham Festival Travel by Rail:

Cheltenham Racecourse is serviced by the Cheltenham Spa railway station. Cheltenham Spa Station is accessible via the London Paddington Line and the Birmingham New Street Line. A bus link between Cheltenham Spa station and the Cheltenham Racecourse is set up on race days, and service commences two hours before racing begins.

Cheltenham Festival Travel by Air:

For Cheltenham Festival travellers travelling by air, the closest major airport is Bristol International Airport which offers scheduled flights to European and international carriers. A shuttle service runs to the Bristol City centre where travelers can take a train to Cheltenham. Alternatively rent a car at Bristol Airport and take the M5 due East leading directly to Cheltenham.

Alternatively Cheltenham Festival travellers wishing to travel by air can make use of either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports which in turn offer commute options to London’s rail services.

For more information on commercial air travel to the Cheltenham Racecourse contact Ryanair, the official partner of the Cheltenham Festival.

For Cheltenham Festival travellers with private air transport arrangements, Gloucestershire Airport in Gloucestershire Town provides facilities for private aircraft and chartered flights. Cheltenham Racecourse also provides landing facilities for helicopters.