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Chester Station is to the east of the Phoenix Tower and Chester Cathedral, just outside the city walls. Originally a joint station sharing tracks and facilities with a number of train operating companies, Chester Station has an ornate Italianate frontage and high in the roof beams there are carved wooden owls placed so as to deter wild pigeons.

The Shropshire Union Canal, which passes through some isolated and rural countryside, also runs through Newtown near the station. Nearby Brook Street is a popular shopping area with restaurants, pubs and a post office. About five minutes away on foot is the charming Little Theatre on Brook Street, while a ten-minute walk towards the south of Newtown from the station leads to Grosvenor Park, where the Chester Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre presents a series of open-air productions every summer.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:45:00 until 23:00:00
  • Saturday open from 06:30:00 until 22:30:00
  • Sunday open from 07:30:00 until 22:00:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property phone number03333 211 202
Lost Property Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
ShopsAvailable
Shops noteNews agent
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee shop Buffet Public House/Bar
ATMAvailable
ATM notes
Located on concourse
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
Lifts are available to all platforms
ToiletsAvailable
Toilets notesThe toilets are located on Main Concourse and on Platform 7a. The National key toilets are located on the Main Concourse and on Platform 7a; these toilets are operated by a radar key.
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
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Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
The meeting point for customers who have booked Assistance or wish to request Assistance is the Customer Services Office in the main concourse.
Customer Service notes
Contact our Customer Relations team directly at https://tfwrail.wales/contact-us
Customer help pointsUnavailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark nameChester East
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces113
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces76
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
in the concourse
Cycle storage notesThere are stands available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Chester station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

There is no First Class lounge at this station.

Trains to Chester station

Chester train station is mainly served by Transport for Wales, Avanti West Coast and Northern trains. Frequent Transport for Wales services connect Liverpool to Chester in 44m and Shrewsbury to Chester in 58m. Avanti West Coast cover the route from Crewe to Chester in 22m, while the route from Manchester to Chester (1h 7m) is operated by both Transport for Wales and Northern trains.

Need more information on how to get to Chester by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Chester.

Chester train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Chester station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Chester railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Chester.

The station's main entrance leads to the ticket hall containing a customer services reception and a ticket centre, plus cafés, a bar and a magazine/bookshop. There are five platforms next to these facilities with a further six accessible by a bridge across the tracks.

Chester train station parking

Chester train station has good parking facilities for 113 cars (6 accessible spaces) and 76 stands for bicycles, which are under cover behind the buffet in the concourse.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Chester station open?

Chester station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Chester station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Chester station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Chester.

Are there toilets at Chester station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Chester station.

Are dogs allowed at Chester station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Chester station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Chester

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Chester station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales03:341On time
to Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales04:227On time
to Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales04:467On time
to Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales04:597On time
to Birmingham InternationalTransport for Wales05:323BOn time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from ShrewsburyTransport for Wales05:344On time
from ShrewsburyTransport for Wales06:082On time
from ShrewsburyAvanti West Coast06:174On time
from ShrewsburyMerseyrail06:257BOn time
from ShrewsburyTransport for Wales06:304On time
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