Unlimited train travel from Chester that represents good value if you base yourself in the town and wish to explore the area.
Bounded by Chester - Ruabon - Shrewsbury - Hereford - Oxford - Leamington - Nottingham - Derby - Nuneaton - Leicester - Nottingham - Derby - Alsager - Chester. Also Worcester Shrub Hill / Nromsgrove - Gloucester , Rugby - Northampton and Derby - Matlock. After 09.00.
Any 3 days in 7 - £74.50, Child /Railcard £48.85. Full 7 days £96.00 and £63.35
Ask at Chester station. 2013 prices.
North Wales / Chester is divided in to 8 zones roughly matching counties, and day rovers give unrestricted travel by bus and train for £9.50( 2 adjacent zones), £13 (three), £26 (all zones). Children half price.
Also the all zones add in Machynlleth - Gobowen and gives a 50% discount on the Ffestiniog Railway and WHR.
Ask at Chester station for more help.
A day rail ticket giving unlimited travel from Chester after 08:45. The limit of the ticket is Liverpool - Birkenhead - Shotton - Crewe - Kidsgrove - Manchester Picadilly - Earlstown - Liverpool - plus all Wirral lines, Crewe to Whitchurch, Kidsgrove - Stoke on Trent, Stockport - Buxton and Manchester Picadilly - Hadfield / Glossop/New Mills Central / Rose Hill.
2013 prices - £21 for adult, £10.50 child and with railcards £13.85.
There are only two coaches daily from Chester to Manchester Airport. In March 2012 they left at 12:15 and 17:00. The 12:15 bus was too early for me and the 17:00 bus to late as my plane was going to depart at 18:45. However I decided to go early and booked a ticket for the 12:15 bus. I did that at the Tourist Office in Chester and the ticket was £7.50. The bus left from the bus centre within the walls and the journey took 50 minutes.
Another option is to take a train to Liverpool or Manchester and change there for the train to the airport, but that will be a longer and also more expensive journey.
There is one National Express coach leaving Caernarfon for Chester (and Manchester) daily. It leaves 8:35 in the morning which suited me well as that would give me the afternoon to explore Chester. I bought the ticket on Internet one week ahead and it was £18.40 (March 2012).
As the local buses in Caernarfon, the National Express coach leaves from Penllyn in the town centre. The journey to Chester took 2h and 50 minutes. In Chester the coach stops at the bus station within the walls in central Chester.
Like many other Historic British cities Chester has its own open top red sightseeing double decker buses for the tourist to hop on and hop off at many of the top city attractions.
first bus seems to be the main provider of these buses and they run from 9.50am till 5.00pm all week and are 30 mins apart depending on which stops.
Main attractions the bus will go are the cathedral,Amphitheatre,Racecourse and the river.
Prices are £9 per adult and £3 for a child on a 24hr ticket.
£11 per adult and £4.50 a child on a 48hr ticket
The bus and boat tour costs £13 per adult and £4.50 a child.
There are several car parks in Chester, and it will cost around 3 GBP to park for the day. However, the car parks fill up fairly quickly at weekends so you need to get there in the morning to be sure of a space, particularly when the races are on. The council also operates a park and ride system, which is quick and convenient, but at 1.30 GBP per person, it may be less economical to use this system if there are more than two of you. So much for creating a car-free city!
Chester can be a horrible place to drive around and an even worse place to find an affordable parking place or at least one where you won’t get a parking ticket.
The answer my friend is not blowing in the wind but is to get into Chester for 3 in the afternoon and park in the multi-storey car park under the market. Here you will not have to pay a single penny for parking after 3 pm!
If you can i would use public transport to get into Chester as there are limited places to park and parking is quite expensive.
You can park on the racecourse at the weekend for £4.50 (obviously when the racing isn't on) and is where I tend to park, failing that there are 2 park and ride stations with buses at regular intervals.
Queens Park High School
Saturdays and School Holidays from 9.00 am, excellent value with the added bonus of being an attended car park.
£3.00 all day, all money raised goes to the High School Association
Handbridge, CH4 7AE
To the south of the town just across the bridge.
One hour hop on hop off tour with 19 stops and a live guide. Tickets available from the driver or from either of Chester's tourist information centres. You can explore Chester's architecture spanning 2000 years of history - see the remains of its Roman heritage as well as its unique Mediaeval Rows and the spectacular Cathedral, or the Roman Amphitheatre. Check out the Roodee Racecourse or the Military Museum.
Frequent departures everyday between March and October from various stops around the city including the station, The Groves for the River Dee, Town Hall, Chester Visitor Centre and Lower Bridge Street. Buy your ticket on the bus; from the Town Hall Tourist Information Centre; Chester Visitor Centre or Bithells Boats.
Ticket Type Ticket Tariff*
Family from £19.00
Adult from £8.00
Concession from £6.50
Child from £3.00
Chester City Transport
You can travel aorund Chester on an open-top, double-decker bus. The tour lasts 60 minutes, but you can hop on and off buses all day long. Buses run every 15 to 30 minutes. Stops include the station, the Town Hall and Lower Bridge Street. Tickets can be purchased from the Chester Visitor Centre, the Tourist Information Centre or from the driver of the bus.
The tours only operate from March to October. The buses run from 9.55 am to 5pm.
Tickets cost £8 for adults, £6.50 for students and seniors and £3 for children. A ticket is valid for 24 hours.
A great way to see the city is the open top red bus. The tour lasts about an hour but you can get on and off as you wish. Its worth staying on for the full tour to get your bearings and then you can decide wish area you want to visit first.
A ticket is valid for 24 hours and can be purchased from the Visitors Centre, the Tourist Information Office or from the bus driver. You can even if you wish buy a dual ticket which includes a boat trip along the River Dee, thus saving you money.
Buses run about every 15-30 minutes.
Fares for Adults for 2006 were £8
The Bus service runs from early March to end October.
if coming to Chester by car the long stay carpark by the county hall and chester castle near the river is best cost £3.00 for 6 hours .the north gate carpark for long stay is limited to 3hours for £3.00
There are trips available on the River Dee in these open top type boats. A pleasant way to spend an hou or two on a warm summers day. For more details enlarge the pic and see the web address and telephone number.
Small motor boats or rowing boats can also be hired for 30 minutes at a time but at £5 for up to 5 people seems a bit steep for such a short time.