Located just outside London, Ascot Racecourse is well-connected to major hubs around the UK via rail and road. Whichever transport you decide to choose to travel to Ascot, keep in mind that celebrations are a big part of attendance, with a lively after-party in the Village Enclosure carrying on into the night.
Not sure how to get to Royal Ascot? We’ve covered the main modes of transport below.
Travel to Ascot by train
The nearest train station to Ascot Racecourse is Ascot. From here it’s a mere 10-minute walk, which those in heels will be thankful for! Trains are frequent throughout the day with more services usually put on during race days (every 15 minutes during Royal Ascot) to accommodate for the many racegoers travelling by rail.
If you’re travelling in from London, the direct train from London Waterloo to Ascot takes around 59m and usually runs until 00:41.
If you’re travelling by train from Reading to Ascot, the journey time is around 26m, with the last train back leaving at 00:55.
Travel to Ascot by coach
If you enjoy the thought of a group road trip and don’t mind a sing-song along the way, then there’s plenty of organised and private bus trips available. National Express is the official partner to the event, offering coaches from 18 different locations around the UK.
Travel to Ascot by car
Well connected to the major motorways, including the M25, Ascot is well-placed to get to by road. It’s around an hour by car from London, an hour and a half from Cheltenham or four hours from Liverpool.
There are more than 8,000 car parking spaces available for those that travel to Ascot by car. These can be booked in advance on the Ascot Racecourse website.
Travel to Ascot by air
Whether you’re an international guest or hoping to arrive in style, it’s also possible to travel to the racecourse by plane.
For those wanting to splash the cash and arrive in style, private helicopters can be charted to land at the racecourse itself.
If you’re flying in from overseas, Heathrow airport is less than 30-miles from Ascot and is well serviced by the underground, buses and taxis. To travel Heathrow Airport to Ascot, take a bus to Feltham station, changing here for a train to Ascot. The journey takes around 1h 20m.
About Royal Ascot
As its name suggests, the Royal family are a regular fixture at this prestigious horseracing festival – a tradition enjoyed since 1825. Held over five days each June, catch a glimpse of the Queen and other members of the Royal family as each day starts with the Royal Parade.
The world’s finest jockeys compete for big money prize pots and coveted trophies throughout the festival, like the famous Gold Cup.
When is Royal Ascot?
This year, Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday 18th and Saturday 22nd June 2019.
Which day should I attend?
There’s plenty of entertainment throughout the five-day event. Opening day is a regal day, with Royal processions to be enjoyed. While Thursday has come to be known as an unofficial ‘Ladies’ Day’.
We’d recommend booking Royal Ascot tickets in advance if you haven’t already, including VIP packages to the Royal Ascot Pavilion, The Lawn Club and The Villiers Club in the Village, with added extras including catering.
For a quintessential day at the races like no other, be sure to visit Royal Ascot. A spectacle in sport and fashion, it’s always fun with plenty of world-class racing and entertainment throughout the day.