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.