Chester is located in the County of Cheshire in the heart of the UK around 200 miles north of London. Chester city centre is found in the most southern part of England’s Northwest region and an ideal base for visiting Manchester, Liverpool, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the Peak District and Snowdonia in Wales.
The closest Airports to Chester and Cheshire are Liverpool John Lennon (30 minutes) and Manchester International (40 minutes), which are both only around 40 miles by road.
Both Liverpool and Manchester airports provide national and international flights.
Hawarden airport is located just over the border in North Wales, 4 miles outside of Chester, however this is only an option for those who like to travel independently to Chester.
You can travel to Chester by Irish Ferries / Sealink between Holyhead (2 hours by the A55 road from Chester) and Dun Laoghaire (6 miles from Dublin) and Dublin itself.
Duration of Sailings - Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire/Dublin 1.75-3.5 hours.
The chief Motorway links to Chester are through the M6, M56 and M53.
It is possible to hire a car at airports and some of the larger towns in and around Cheshire (including Chester, Crewe, Macclesfield and Warrington).
Chester is located near the eastern end of the A55, which becomes the M53, that crosses the M56.
As Chester is directly linked via the M53 to the national motorway system, London and all of the major regions in the UK are easily accessible from the city.
By road London is approximately 180 miles, Cardiff 150 miles, Birmingham 90 miles, Manchester 40 miles, Liverpool 15 miles, Edinburgh 230 miles, Bath 165 miles and Southampton 220 miles.
If you are planning on driving on the roads of Chester check the Chester Traffic Page for real time traffic conditions to avoid congestion and heavy delays. The Chester Traffic Report Map shows the roads of Chester and the surrounding area highlighting any traffic incidents, roadworks and areas of slow speeds.
Regular buses travel in to Chester city centre from Birmingham, Liverpool, and London’s Victoria Coach Station.
All National Express services in Chester depart from the new Bus Interchange on Gorse Stacks Stand N. Chester's Visitor Information center at the Town Hall is the main ticket agency for National Express in Chester. You can also Check National Express for schedules and fares.
Local bus services serve Chester and if you are "eligible disabled" or over 60 years of age your National Bus Pass will give you free off-peak bus travel throughout Cheshire county.
For £1 each way the Chester city centre Bus picks up and drops off at the Railway Station, New Bus Interchange and Foregate Street stop AA.
If you are travelling to Chester by train the railway station is northeast of Chester city centre.
From Chester railway station, trains travel to and from London Euston Station every couple of hours (2 hour trip).
Trains also travel to and from Liverpool every 30 minutes (45 minute trip) and Birkenhead. Chester Train station is a southern terminus on Merseyrail's Wirral Line which provides direct trains.
Trains travel from Chester railway station to Manchester (60 minute trip). A second line runs between Manchester and Chester. This Chester to Manchester train journey offers a scenic route travelling through rural Cheshire before reaching Manchester's outer suburbs. It is substantially longer (an additional 30 minutes travelling time)
Chester also offers a Rail Link through to Manchester Airport, which includes four through trains to and from Chester.
Trains also travel from Chester along the North Wales Coast Line. On the North Wales Coast Line trains starting at Crewe and Manchester run through Chester travelling to Llandudno and Holyhead.
Direct trains also travel via and from Chester to Birmingham, Cardiff and Shrewsbury.
The City of Chester has over 5,000 parking spaces ran by both Chester City council and private companies. Most of Chester City parking is pay and display.
Free parking after 3pm every day in the following Chester City council car parks:
Market car park – CH1 2HH
Brook Street car park – CH1 3HU
Delamere Street car park – Ch1 2AY
Free parking after 2pm every day in Chester’s Linenhall car park – CH1 2BD
Free parking in Chester all day every Sunday Linenhall car park - CH1 2BD
Chester Council has two parking areas dedicated to disabled badge holders in Hamilton Place and Frodsham Street (four hour maximum stay). In addition, disabled badge holders may park free of charge for up to four hours on any City Council pay and display car park, with the exception of Trinity Street.
Chesters park and ride services provide a stress free way to travel to and from Chester city centre whether you are a one time day tripper, shopper or regular commuter.
There are four park and ride locations (all have the Park Mark safer parking award), providing a total of 3170 parking spaces surrounding Chester city centre, where you can park for free before hopping on the regular bus service (peak times every 10 minutes and every 15 minutes off peak) to make the quick and easy trip to Chester. A return bus fare to Chester city centre costs just £2. Accompanied children under 16 years travel free (maximum 2 children per adult).
Wrexham Road (Ch3 9DE) (Service No 33)
Set down and pick up point Foregate Street and Pepper Street
Sealand Road (CH1 4LQ) (Service No 31)
Set down and Pick up point Bus Exchange (Route before 9am uses ring road)
Upton (Ch1 1LH) (Service No 32)
Set down and pick up point Frodsham & Foregate Street respectively (Route before 9am uses ring road)
Boughton Heath (Ch2 5QD) (Service No 30)
Chester City boasts many taxi firms including Hackney Carriage Black Cabs.
Deva Tuk Tuk, Chester’s first and only auto rickshaw Tuk Tuk with a private hire licence, offers an alternative way to experience the City of Chester.
There are also city centre taxi companies to help you get around the Chester city.
Tel: 01244 318318
Address: 100 Foregate Street, Chester, CH1 1HB
Tel: 01244 343434
Address: 51—53 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NG
Aerial views of Chester, Chester city centre, The Groves down by the River Dee, Chester Roman Gardens, Roman Amphitheatre, Chester Cathedral, Chester Park, Chester Rows and Chester’s Historic Walls.
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