Directions & Parking

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH

Cheltenham Racecourse is located in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside in a picturesque natural amphitheatre.


By Rail

Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa generally run hourly and take about two hours. Trains from Birmingham generally run every half an hour and take about 35 minutes. From Bristol, trains leave every hour and take about 35 minutes. It is a 10 minute tax ride from the station

By Bus

From Cheltenham

Stagecoach service D runs every 10 minutes during the day and between 10 minutes and every hour on Monday to Saturday evenings. The service runs hourly on Sundays. Further details can be found here.

Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout. For local Stagecoach information please call 0870 6082608.

At The Festival and The Open a shuttle bus service will be operating, picking up at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and outside WH Smith in the centre of town before dropping off at the Racecourse. Return buses pick up from the Racecourse with stops at Pittville Street and then the Station.

• Return from Station - £5
• Single from Station - £3
• Single from Town - £2.50
• Single from Racecourse - £2.50

National Express offer dedicated services to Cheltenham Festival from 21 locations across the UK. With fares from £21.00 return, the coach will get you to The Festival with plenty of time to place your bets and won’t depart until all the races have finished. Please follow the below link to see the services.
National Express services can be found here

By Road

Over the past 18 months Cheltenham Racecourse has completely reviewed its entrance routes and car parking system, to look at how the current scheme in place could be improved to provide both easier and quicker access for racegoers and less disruption to local residences and businesses.
From the start of the season (The Showcase – 23rd and 24th October) onwards, a new scheme will be introduced. It is advised that anyone attending the races at Cheltenham read though the details below to ensure they know what to expect when coming racing at Cheltenham.

• The new parking scheme is colour coded, so that your parking zone will match your label and preferred route

• Please study the route maps provided showing the preferred routes to your final parking destination and then follow the yellow, temporary signs put in place for the racing, and ignore both sat nav directions and brown signs. The maps can be found by clicking on the correct colour below

• Please note that your allocated zone may be slightly different from previous years.

Disabled Council Badge Holders – Red 2
Annual Members, Day Members, RCA Trainers car park stickers, RCA Owners car park stickers, RCA Press car park stickers, ROA members, RCA members and those with four day members disabled parking – Red 3, 4
Horseboxes and Minibuses – Red 5
PJA members, Owners and Trainers hanging labels – Blue 1
N Bays which have been sold by Cheltenham – Blue
Reserved Annual Members and bays sold in Hall of Fame Car park – Yellow
The Cheltenham Club members – Yellow

If you do not have a car parking pass then please see below;
Public and Pre Paid General Admission – Green 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Raceday staff – Green
Bookmakers – Yellow 2
Taxis - Grey
Private hire – Raceday staff – Green 3
Contractors and Exhibitors accreditation – Raceday staff – Green
Coaches – Red 1, 5

• Occasionally, the route you are directed will not be the shortest route, in terms of distance. However, it will allow you to approach the racecourse, enter and park in the correct zone in the fastest time possible. Please help us to help you have the smoothest and quickest access into the course but following the correct signs and not routes that you have previously used

Drop off and pick up areas – For The Open and The Festival, please follow the signs that will route you to Green 3 , which will allow you to be dropped off in West Car Park. It is then a five minute walk to the entrances. It would be appreciated if you could respect our neighbours and use the areas provided, not local roads and driveways

Main Drive – this will be shut to all cars and vehicles for all racemeetings, which is new for this year. This is the drive way that comes via the main entrance from the main roundabout outside the course. You will not be able to enter the racecourse from the roundabout. The decision has been made to ensure crowd safety, as this area can be very busy with pedestrians entering the racecourse on foot

Taxis – Continue to use the taxi rank via the main entrance off the roundabout adjacent to the Main Drive entrance, as in previous years

Exit – When leaving the car park you will be required to exit via a specified route, normally the direction you came from. To minimise delays within the racecourse certain gates will be restricted to allow only left OR right turns. We apologise for any inconvenience.

By Air

Birmingham and Bristol airports provide flights to many national and international destinations. Gloucestershire Airport is in Staverton at junction 11 of the M5 and can schedule private flights.There is a helipad at the racecourse.

The walking route from the station is well maintained and easy to follow, taking approximately 40 minutes. The route is predominantly traffic free along a shared cycleway/footway.


Parking is free at all of our meetings except Saturday of The Open and The Festival.

Traffic to the site can build up at peak times, and therefore we would advise you to arrive early to avoid the traffic. In addition, especially at the major meetings the traffic exiting the course can also build up, so please do be aware of this when making travel arrangements. 

Nearer the racecourse, you'll find temporary yellow signage directing you to the nearest available car park. Please use this signage and not the brown signs on the regular Highways Agency sign posts. 

The racecourse has two “fast charge” electric vehicle charging points located near the Hall of Fame entrance.  These are operated under the Polar scheme, more information about the Polar Charging Network can be found here.  Access can be restricted at some race meetings so please check availability of the charge points in advance. 

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