Cheltenham is small enough to get around by foot. You can walk your way from the Montpellier Gardens, through the town centre, to the Pittville Pump Room on the opposite side in less than thirty minutes. Of course, there are also public transport options to choose from, including Cheltenham Bus Station on Royal Well Road. Plus, there are plenty of reliable local taxi companies, as well as Uber drivers, to get you where you need to be.
Getting around Cheltenham
Gloucestershire Airport is Cheltenham’s nearest airport. By and large, it’s used by private aircraft. But, if you are visiting the area via Gloucestershire Airport, it’s only a five-minute drive from our Cheltenham Central hotel, so getting a taxi is quick and easy.
Cheltenham’s nearest international airport is Bristol Airport. If you’re planning on flying into Bristol before making your way to Cheltenham, we have a number of hotels near Bristol Airport for you to choose from.
Bristol Airport is an hour and a half’s drive to our Cheltenham Town Centre hotel, so if you were thinking of booking a taxi, it’ll be on the expensive side. Arrow Cars is the airport’s preferred taxi and minibus service, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Just like Uber, you can track your taxi in real time and contact your driver directly. Plus, you can pay by cash or card, either at the office or online.
Another option, which would work out cheaper, is to hire a car. Bristol Airport has eight on-site options, including reliable names such as Hertz, Avis, Enterprise and Europcar. However, if you want to save on costs, our top tip would be to catch the Airport Flyer bus service to Bristol Temple Meads, which operates 24 hours a day, with buses every ten minutes. From Bristol Temple Meads, you can catch the train to Cheltenham Spa railway station – it’s a direct train which takes about 40 minutes.
Cheltenham Spa Railway Station is the town’s main rail hub and is roughly a mile from the town centre. It only has two platforms, however, it sits slap bang in the middle of the Bristol to Birmingham main line – with both termini roughly 40 minutes away – which gives it excellent links to the rest of the country.
Alternatively, if you want to experience something special, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway. Broadway Station has recently undergone a complete refurbishment, having been closed for over 50 years. Plus, the route takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds and offers incredible views across to the Malvern Hills.