Chester is easily accessible by many modes of transport whether you are travelling by bike, rail, car, bus or plane
During peak times we recommend travelling to Chester city centre via the park and ride facility, however, if you are arriving by car there are plenty of car parks available.
The following information should prove useful when travelling to Chester, however, always check individual websites for seasonal schedule changes.
If you would like to cycle around our great city, check out the brand new “tube-map” published by The Universty of Chester and Chester Cycle Networking, connecting you with routes to our many destinations.
Bus service timetables
Where to find help
You can download the latest bus timetables using the Traveline website. You can also select your preferred mode of transport, find when your next bus or train will arrive, or download timetables.
- Telephone Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
- Download the itravel smartphone app – a free journey planning app for Cheshire West and Chester, with up to date travel information, interactive maps and public transport timetables.
- Public transport timetable order form – order any local bus service timetable, just fill in your details and Cheshire West and Chester will post the latest timetable to you.
Further information about bus services can be found below.
If you require information about service in Cheshire East, please visit the Cheshire East website.
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, though some car parks do accept card payments.
For a full list of car parks run by the council visit their website.
For NCP car parks visit their website.
Disabled Badge Holders (Blue Badge Scheme)
Blue Badge holders can stay in disabled bays for three hours unless the car park advises it is four hours. Holders will always have to look at the signs in each car park. If you want to park for free you need to get a microchip, make sure you always display your badge and clock whenever you are parking.
Park and Ride
In these environmentally friendly times, why not take the strain out of parking and use Chester’s park and ride facility. There are four locations with buses running every 12 minutes it couldn’t be easier and economically friendly too.
The Park and Ride bus services run every 12 minutes between 7 am – 7 pm Monday to Friday, every 12 minutes between 8 am – 7 pm Saturdays and every 15 minutes between 9.30am – 6 pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Free travel every Wednesday after 2 pm
The council has introduced this scheme to encourage the use of the park and ride service, ease travel congestion and boost the local economy with free travel for all passengers after 2 pm every Wednesday.
Park and Ride Locations
The four locations are served by two cross-city services.
Boughton Heath (CH3 5QD) Green Line
Sealand Road (CH1 4LD) Green Line
Route: Boughton Heath car park – Bought – Chester City Centre – Greyhound Retail Park – Sealand Road car park
Upton (CH2 4BA) Blue Line
Wrexham Road (CH4 9DE) Blue Line
Route: Upton (Zoo) car park – Countess of Chester Hospital – Chester City Centre – Racecourse (Abode Hotel) – Wrexham Road car park
For full timetable and route information click here
Car parking is free when using the service and the return bus fare costs just £2. A parking only option is available.
National Express services in Chester operate from either the Chester Bus Interchange or Chester Zoo. Ticket line 0871 781 8181 or click here to book tickets.
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
Chester is well served by the rail network and enjoys fast frequent rail links to London and major cities in the UK.
The Rail Link through to Manchester Airport includes 4 through trains from and to Chester.
Duration of Journey by Rail:
- London Euston 2 hours
- Cardiff 4 hours
- Birmingham 1.75 hours
- Manchester 1 hour
- Edinburgh 4.5 hours
- Liverpool 45 minutes
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.
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.