Cheltenham Racecourse

How to get here – Directions and transport

Help us to run a greener festival

We are committed to making Wychwood a greener festival so please think about the environment when choosing how to get to us. Fewer cars coming to the site means fewer carbon emissions. There are many public transport and environmentally friendly options for getting to the festival site.

By Coach

National Express runs coaches to Cheltenham that arrive at the Royal Well Road Bus Station. These services are available from most major cities, including Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and London.

By Train

Cheltenham Spa is the nearest train station. Check out the national rail website for times and prices. There are direct services from London Paddington, Bristol, Birmingham, Swindon, Cardiff, Plymouth, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

By Bus

Buses run regularly from the town centre, the bus station and the railway station direct to the racecourse. Route D runs from the train station passing through the city centre at Clarence St which is within walking distance of the bus station. The bus leaves every 10 minutes during the day and between 10 minutes and every hour in the evenings from Monday to Saturday. The services run hourly on Sundays.

Stagecoach is one of the main operators in Cheltenham and they have timetables on their website.

By Bike

Cycling is a cheap and environmentally friendly way to get to us. There are 52 secure bicycle parks next to the Centaur and the Best mate enclosure entrances to the racecourse.

By Taxi

These are not unreasonably priced if you are carrying a lot of baggage and with some friends. You can also pre-book with Starline Taxis.

By Car

Situated at junctions 10, 11 and 11a of the M5, Cheltenham lies within the main motorway network in easy reach of London, Bristol and Birmingham. If traveling from the north on the M5 it is possible to leave from junction 9 and take the A435 south. The racecourse can also be reached from the East and West by the A40.

To encourage people to share vehicles, and reduce our carbon footprint, we have a charge for parking. Car parking tickets can be purchased in advance or on the door but at a higher price, so book in advance to save some monies.


Lift Share

With the average 100 mile car journey leading to over 20 kg of CO2 being produced, sharing has the potential to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint considerably. We can have a real impact on our carbon footprint if we reduce the amount of car journeys.

If sharing a lift remember—safety first:

  • Make sure you know the identity of the person or persons you are sharing with.
  • Having the driver’s home telephone number (landline) is sensible precaution and make sure you leave details of the lift share, the driver and passenger’s number(s) and home address if possible with friends and/or family.
  • Take your mobile phone with you.
  • If you are at all uncomfortable with any arrangements, or the condition of the vehicle being used, then make other plans. If a vehicle is not taxed it is quite possible the driver has no driving licence, no insurance and the vehicle is in a poor condition.
  • Safety first: Trust your instincts and use common sense.