Directions to Cheltenham by Train
Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa station tend to run every hour and take about two hours. Trains from Birmingham run approximately every half an hour and can take anywhere between 35-50 minutes. From Bristol, trains leave every hour and take about 35 minutes. From Cheltenham Spa station it is a ten minute drive to the Racecourse, or alternatively a bus will take you directly there.
Directions to Cheltenham by Bus
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.
Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout.
At The Festival a shuttle bus service will be operating, picking up racegoers from Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and outside WHSmith in the centre of town before dropping off at Cheltenham 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
Directions by Helicopter
Why not hop on a private helicopter and fly to Cheltenham Racecourse? That’s one way to do it!
Arrive to Cheltenham Racecourse in style by either private charter or helicopter for all major horse racing meetings, including the Cheltenham Festival. Cheltenham operates the busiest temporary airfield in the UK during its race meetings, with 400 flights taking place over the Festival’s four-day bonanza alone!
If you want to make your race day experience extra special then flying to Cheltenham Racecourse may just be the most glamorous way to show up! It offers the perfect way to celebrate your clients or treat yourself and your guests to a special occasion.
The helicopter service the Jockey Club uses is supplied by HeliPad who are part of the HAI Air group and have an envious air safety record. They have been suppliers of the Jockey Club for over 40 years and have been in operation since 1974.
HeliPad also service our Boaters hospitality facility at the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames.
Helicopters with the Jockey Club will depart from The Frogmill Hotel, taking you over Cleeve Hills and giving you picturesque views of the Cotswold’s before landing at Cheltenham Racecourse’s helifield. You will then catch a short shuttle bus down to the Racecourse’s main site. Please note that Cheltenham race day tickets will need to be shown before flying.
If you’re looking to book through a private supplier, flights from London take an average of 45 minutes to Cheltenham Racecourse, whilst helicopters from Birmingham will have a much shorter duration.
Junior Jumpers membership
For little horse racing enthusiasts the Junior Jumpers Memberships is a perfect way for local children to get involved with the great sport. The membership is exclusive to the following venues:
Little members can enjoy exclusive access and activities designed to enhance their love of horse racing. What a great initiative to get young people involved with sport, for free!