How to Get Here

Chester is accessible wherever you’re coming from and however you choose to get here. Our compact walled city is easily explored on foot and public transport.

Check out the official award winning journey-planning app to discover up to date travel information, interactive maps and public transport timetables to get around Chester.  Chester’s ring road is currently operating with a one way clockwise system to enable major new and improved city centre facilities such as a new market, a new cinema, parking and public square as part of the first phase of the Northgate development. See how to navigate the ring road here.

If you need an overnight stay or are looking for a short break, then accommodation in Chester comes in a variety of styles that cater for all tastes and budgets. There is a fantastic range of stylish hotels – from boutique to luxury 5* – and self-catering accommodation, you will be assured of the highest standards.

FREE parking days at Chester Racecourse and Linenhall Car Park:

  • Sunday 11th July
  • Sunday 22nd August
  • Sunday 12th September
  • Sunday 26th September
  • Sunday 3rd October
  • Sunday 31st October
  • Sunday 28th November
  • Sunday 26th December

Park at Queen’s Park High School Handbridge for just £3 per day every Saturday 9am-7pm and during school holidays. Details here.

By Car

Chester is linked directly to the national motorway system via the M53. London and all of the major regions in the UK are easily accessible from the city.

Chester has a choice of city centre car parks and on average you can park ALL DAY for just £5!

By Park and Ride

Park & Ride services are  is now partially reopened.

Details here.

By Chester City Centre Taxis

There are many taxi firms including Hackney Carriage Black Cabs serving Chester.

Here are two city centre taxi companies to help you get around the city:

Abbey Taxis Tel 01244 318318

Kingkabs Tel: 01244 343434

By Public Transport

Where to find help for bus and rail timetables:

Download the itravel smart phone app – a free journey planning app for Cheshire West and Chester, with up to date travel information, interactive maps and public transport timetables.

You can also call Traveline for timetable information for any bus, rail or coach service in the UK on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras) open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

Useful Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Chester city centre.

During your visit to Chester, you may spot our Experience Chester City Hosts in the city centre – they are our walking, talking information centres and are ready to offer a  friendly welcome and assistance. If you see them whilst you’re out and about, please feel free to stop and ask any questions and they will be happy to help.

More advice can be found at the Chester Visitor Information Centre, conveniently located by the historic Town Hall on Northgate Street, opposite the Cathedral. The experienced, knowledgeable team will be delighted to assist with local accommodation, public transport, city centre events, tours of Chester, maps & guidebooks, information for those with disabilities, Chester souvenirs, attraction tickets and much, much more!

Contact 01244 405240 or

Visitor Information Centre opening times

Chester highstreet
Monday 9:30am 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am 4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am 4:00pm
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