Trains to Chester
Cheap Trains to Chester
"Chester, June 14. An hour's ride from Liverpool, through a delightful country, brought us to this place, one of the oldest and most remarkable towns in England.” Willard C. George
Chester is a gorgeous historic town that lies on the River Dee in the county of Cheshire. The city is well worth a visit, you can admire its collection of timber-framed houses and red-sandstone buildings, surrounded by the city’s Roman walls. Chester was a royalist stronghold during the English Civil War, and along the walls, you’ll see the tower from which King Charles I used to watch his troops during battle.
Tip 1: Get a cheaper fare by buying in advance
Advance purchase of tickets for trains to Chester Station is a great way to buy cheaply. These advance tickets are made available by the train companies up to 12 weeks before you are travelling. Often these tickets sell out quickly so it is best to buy them as soon as possible, it is, however, possible to buy them as late as 1hr before departure.
Tip 2: No booking fees
Fees can add to the cost of your trains to Chester Station, so use a retailer that doesn't charge for booking. At Split My Fare you don't pay booking fees, we only charge 10% of any savings we make for you by using our split ticketing. No split saving, no money taken.
Tip 3: When your train is delayed claim a refund
If your train is late getting to Chester Railway Station you could be eligible for compensation. You could get a refund even if your train is as little as 15 minutes late but check this by examining the policy of the railway company that you are travelling with. You can then make your claim using Delay Repay directly through them.
There are plenty of trains that travel to Chester Station coming from London Kings Cross. Direct trains also run from Liverpool Street station and Birkenhead.
Tip 4: Going as a group? Book your trains together.
If a group of between 3-9 people make one reservation and travel to Chester on the same off-peak train to Chester they save up to 1/3 off the fares using Groupsave discount. Getting a mobile E-Ticket makes this easy as you forward the tickets to each member of the group avoiding the hassle of having lots of paper tickets.
Tip 5: Check single and return tickets to Chester
Most people will book a train ticket return fare if they are visiting Chester, but it saves money to find out whether 2 train tickets are cheaper than the return or if an open return would be the cheapest option. Split My Fare does this for you automatically and will then sell you the combination for the lowest cost.
Aside from the city walls, another great attraction in Chester is the series of two-level galleried arcades arranged at the four streets that fan out in every direction from the Central Cross. Known as The Rows, it features a gorgeous mix of Tudor and Victorian architecture.
Tip 6: Take a slower train to Chester
You may want the fastest route to Chester but may not mind using a slower train. The top way to achieve savings by slower journeys is to book a less direct train or local line. If this is less expensive for your journey we can show you the option but if the faster train is your requirement you can choose to only see these options.
Tip 7: Look at the price of first-class tickets to Chester
Many people think that a 1st-class train fare to Chester would be more expensive. This is not always the case as the price is dependent on demand. If few first-class tickets have been sold the cost is sometimes reduced making it comparable with a standard fare or cheaper. You then have the pleasure of travelling to Chester train station in a bigger seat with the services of available food and drinks.
Originally built as a Benedictine abbey erected on the remains of an older Saxon church, Chester Cathedral is another famous attraction in the city recognized for its striking medieval architecture. A smaller church also worth visiting is the St. John the Baptist Church, which was built on the site of an older Saxon church.
The Groves is a riverside walk that runs alongside the River Dee starting from the Grosvenor Park and heads towards the Old Handbridge. There are also motorized tour boats that you can go on for a trip down the beautiful river.
Tip 8: Purchase a railcard
The best savings using railcards are made by regular travellers but people who go on a rail journey as little as 3 times a year can still save money. There are a variety of cards and with most costing as little as £30 per year and making savings of up to 1/3 each time it is used.
If you're journeying to Chester as a couple, the Two Together card is for you. The Family and Friends card means up to 4 children receive 60% off tickets and up to 4 adults save 1/3 off. Over 60's use the Senior Railcard which is £30 yearly or £70 for 3 years. The Disabled Persons card costs only £20 a year. There are other Railcards available, including the 16-25, 26-30 and Network Railcard. More information is found on the Railcard website and you can buy cards from National Rail Offices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you get a train to Chester?
The train from London to Chester travels from Euston Station and takes just over 2 hours.
Can you get a train to Chester Zoo?
A train travels directly from Chester to Chester Zoo, taking under 20 minutes.