There is a dedicated Races bus Service for The Festival.
The Races bus Service will operate between
- Cheltenham Spa Railway Station,
- Cheltenham Town Centre and
- the Racecourse (South Car Park).
During The Festival, the Races Service will operate at regular intervals to meet passenger demand, with the first journeys departing at 09:00 from Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and Cheltenham Town Centre (outside WH Smith) heading for the Racecourse.
The last departure from the Racecourse (South Car Park) will be at 20:00 for Cheltenham Town Centre (Pittville Street) and Cheltenham Spa Railway Station.
• Return from Station – £5.50
• Single from Station – £3
• Single from Town – £3
• Single from Racecourse – £3
The 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, ignoring both sat nav directions and brown signs once you pick up the yellow directional signs
Colour codes are as below
- Disabled Council Badge Holders – Disabled Parking Symbol
- Annual 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
- Horseboxes and Minibuses – Red
- PJA members, Owners and Trainers hanging labels – Blue
- 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
Hospitality guests should follow the colour of the car parking pass provided.
If you do not have a car parking pass then please see below
Occasionally, the route you are directed to 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 by following the correct signs and not routes that you have previously used
Parking is free at all of our meetings except Friday and Saturday of The November Meeting and all four days of The Festival™. On these days limos are charged the same prices as cars and coaches are free of charge.
Parking for The Festival is £12 in advance and £20 on the day. During The November Meeting, it is £4 in advance and £5 on the day.
View details of the location of different car parks
If you're dropping off a coach of raceday goers, please make sure you've viewed the coach parking map. Follow the Coach symbol signs and these will direct you to the closest coach park from your direction of travel. Please follow the coach symbol no matter what colour pass the passengers may have purchased.
Buses with 15 seats or less will need to purchase a public car parking pass. We are unable to provide complimentary tickets to coach or bus drivers.
For coaches of 16 seats and more, please apply for a coach pass in advance:
There is no access to the coach parks for coaches between 15:30 and 19:00
If you're dropping off and picking up, please follow the below directions:
If you're attending The November Meeting and The Festival, please follow the signs that will route you to Green, which will allow you to be dropped off in West Car Park. It is then a five-minute walk to the entrances.
For all other racedays at Cheltenham, please view the drop off and pick up map.
It would be appreciated if you could respect our neighbours and use the areas provided, not local roads and driveways.
If you're arriving via the Stagecoach public buses, please ensure you have viewed the timetable which will operate between 12 - 15 March 2019 for bus routes D and E. View The Festival 2019 Stagecoach timetable here.
Stagecoach Service D and E runs every 15 minutes during the main daytime period and between every 10 mins and every hour during the early morning and evening periods.
The Service will provide a link between Cheltenham Railway Station (Gloucester Rd stop) and Cheltenham Evesham Road (a 5 minute walk to the Racecourse South Car Park.)
- Southbound Service D & E journeys will divert via Southam and Prestbury between 10:00 and 13:30.
- Southbound Service D & E journeys will divert via Swindon village between 16:30 and 19:30.
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.
If you're dropping off in taxis, please make sure you're dropping off in the correct designated taxi rank.
The taxi rank is accessed via the main entrance off the roundabout adjacent to the Main Drive entrance. View more information.
Evesham Road (A435) - During The Festival and Friday/Saturday of The November Meeting there will be a closure of Evesham Road (A435) in a southbound direction, for local road users, between approximately 10.30 and 13.30. The road will then be closed again between 16.30 - 19.30 (or 15.00 and 18.30 at The Open). This will allow cars to enter the course but not allow non-raceday traffic travelling south to Cheltenham. Other routes will be signposted accordingly.
The closure will come into place at the crossroads between Evesham Road, Southam Lane and Hyde Lane. Cars and vans not attending the racing, but using the local roads, will be asked to use Hyde Lane towards Swindon Village and Cheltenham, vehicles over 3.9m (12'9") will turn left down Southam Lane and travel via Prestbury.
It is advised that anyone coming from the Tewkesbury and Evesham area use the M5 Southbound from Junction 9 to Junction 10.
This proposal has been put forward by Cheltenham Racecourse and the local council, police and highways as a variation on the temporary traffic order previously granted to Cheltenham Racecourse on racedays.
Those travelling by limousine should follow the signs for coach parks. Parking for limousines is the same price as cars and is situated in the north coach park.
Costs are therefore free excluding Friday/Saturday of The November Meeting (£4 in advance, £5 on the day) and The Festival (£12 in advance and £20 on the day).
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 the availability of the charge points in advance and be aware that your vehicle will need to be moved after parking.