By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
Chester is located in Cheshire in the heart of the UK about 197m/317km from London. It is the most southerly part of England’s north west region. You can use Chester as a base for visiting Liverpool and Manchester, the Peak District, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Snowdonia.
The nearest airports to Cheshire are Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon, which are both about 40 minutes by road from Chester.
Main motorway links to Cheshire are through the M6, M56 and M53. Route planning information can be found at The AA, RAC and Google Maps. You can hire a car at airports and some of the larger towns in and around Cheshire (including Chester, Crewe, Macclesfield and Warrington).
Travelling to Cheshire by rail is an easy, relaxing, experience, with high speed trains leaving London every hour for Cheshire’s main line stations. Chester is now only two hours from London where you can connect to local Arriva Trains services to the North Wales coast. Crewe is the northern hub of the rail network with regular connecting services throughout the region. There are inward services from London, Scotland, Derby, Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Bus and coach travel
Cheshire is well served by local bus services throughout the county and if you are 60 or over, or “eligible disabled”, your National Bus Pass will give you free off-peak bus travel throughout the county. Chester’s £13m bus interchange opened in 2017. The interchange, based at Gorse Stacks, takes all bus services including Arriva, Arrowebrook, Avon Buses, Aintree Coachline, D J Jones, Stagecoach and Townlynx and offers Park & Ride services. National Express buses also uses the Interchange and tickets can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre at Town Hall Square.
All hackney carriage taxis (black cabs) in Chester are fully licensed, insured, and are wheelchair accessible. They are fitted with hearing loops and can accommodate at least five people. There are also private and business taxi hire companies, including Chester’s largest, KingKabs.
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