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Welcome to the Itinerary Planner. Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours.

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Plan Your Visit to Chester

Parking in Chester

Download our guide to the best places to park in Chester below including the best for long stay, short stay and those that are FREE after 3pm.

Parking in Chester

Whether you’re a shopper, visitor or one time daytripper, the Park and Ride service provides a great way to travel to and from Chester city centre.

By Air

The nearest airports to Chester are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon, which are both about 40 minutes by road.

By Road

Main motorway links to Chester are through the M6, M56 and M53. Route planning information can be found at The AA, RAC, Bing Maps, Google Maps and Streetmap.

By Rail

Chester is now only two hours from London where you can connect to local Arriva Trains services to the North Wales Coast.

Travelling to Chester by rail is an easy, relaxing, experience, with high speed trains leaving London every hour. Virgin Train's Best Fare Finder will give you the best value fares to Chester if you are flexible about when you can travel.

If travelling from the Wirral or Merseyside area, Merseyrail operates regular services to Chester. To book online or just to view Merseyrail schedules, visit the Merseyrail website 

If you’re looking to get out in to other parts of Cheshire, services operate daily across the region. To check fares, train times and to book tickets visit National Rail Enquires

For hourly trains to and from Manchester and Chester throughout the day from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sunday plus the popular Music Trains visit The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership.

By Bus

Chester is well served by local bus services and if you 60 or over, or "eligible disabled", your National Bus Pass will give you free off-peak bus travel throughout the county.

Airport transfer mini-bus services (minimum of seven) are available from BusyBus with their dedicated luxury executive vehicles. BusyBus also operate sightseeing tours throughout the area including North Wales.

Chester has its own City Centre Bus operating from the railway station on Mondays to Saturday. The bus is charged at £1 each way and drops off/picks up at Frodsham Street and Foregate Street. From the City Centre you can travel by bus into Wales, the surrounding countryside and Chester Zoo.

Full detail of all Cheshire’s local bus services can be found at Traveline North West or by telephoning 0871 200 22 33 open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm.

By Coach

All National Express services in Chester now depart from the Bus Exchange, Stand 15 behind the Town Hall.

Chester's Official Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall is the main ticket agency for National Express in Chester. Tel: 0845 647 7868.

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