Christmas has officially arrived in Chester, the lights are lit, the new market is open and thriving, and the Christmas market is back welcoming shoppers. Each week there are parades and activities to entertain the already growing number of visitors to the city centre.
There are many ways to travel into Chester this Christmas. Chester’s Park and Ride operates every day and has now started running a late-night Christmas service. The last bus from Foregate Street will be 9pm on Thursdays. There will be a late-night service each day during Christmas week 19 to 23 December up to 9pm, and the last Park and Ride bus on 24 December will be 6pm.
Park and Ride costs just £2 per person (up to three children under 16 can travel free with an adult) with buses running every 10 to 12 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every 15 minutes on Sundays and bank holidays.
PR1 – Wrexham Road Park and Ride: Grosvenor Road (for Racecourse and Law Courts) – Bus Interchange – Foregate Street stop AA (for shops and visitor attractions) – Pepper Street (for the River Dee and Boat Trips) – Grosvenor Road – Wrexham Road Park & Ride
PR2 – Boughton Heath Park and Ride: Boughton Waitrose (for Business Quarter) – The Bars – Bus Interchange – Foregate Street stop AA (for shops and visitor attractions) – Boughton Waitrose – Boughton Heath Park & Ride
PR3 – Upton (Zoo) Park and Ride: Liverpool Road (for Countess Hospital) – Liverpool Road Abbotts Grange (for the University) – Bus Interchange – Foregate Street stop BB (for shops and visitor attractions) – Liverpool Road Abbotts Grange – Liverpool Road (Countess Hospital) – Upton (Zoo) Park & Ride
For more details visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/parkandride
There are over a hundred new cycle parking spaces available near Storyhouse and Chester’s new market. Half will be in the new indoor cycle hub opening soon in the New Market Parking at Northgate. The indoor secure cycle hub has fifty spaces for cycles, with free e-bike charging and tool/repair station, access will be with an entry card for a £10 one-off membership fee. Other cycle parking locations in Chester have been mapped by the Chester Cycling Campaign on their website: https://www.chestercyclecity.org/interactive-route-and-access-map/
The free Shopper Hopper bus from the Bus Interchange at Gorse Stacks to Hunter Street links with all bus services including the Park and Ride network.
At this time of year, the car parks are all very busy so the best way to guarantee a space is with Park and Ride, or travel by bus, train, scooter and walking as alternatives.
The Christmas Park and Ride timetable: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/documents/parking-roads-and-travel/public-transport/bus/timetables/cw-parkandride-late-night-timetable-2022.pdf