Page last revised -
This page will be reviewed fully prior to the 2017 Show
(External links remain to be revalidated for 2017 Show)
For sat-nav users the venue's address is York Racecourse, Racecourse Road, YORK YO23 1EX. Please check your Sat Nav is locating Racecourse Rd as other parts of the Racecourse use the same postcode.
(Section as updated for 2015 Show.)
The Askham Bar Park & Ride site was completed during 2014 therefore changing the road layout and traffic light sequences on the southern A1036 approach to York when leaving the A64. This has not amended the show approach routes. With many visitors now having a sat-nav this page is an overview of the road links only.
For more detailed information on how to reach us by road see our detailed driving notes page or print off the driving notes pdf. SAT NAV - the venue's address is York Racecourse, Racecourse Road, YORK YO23 1EX, however, if using the post code please check your Sat Nav is locating Racecourse Rd as other parts of the Racecourse use the same postcode
Our show is easy to get to by road with York (the City) and the Racecourse fully signed with both permanent and temporary event show signing. However we strongly recommend that all attendees follow the temporary event signing to the venue. These signed routes may not be the shortest but they will help you avoid congestion in York City Centre.
Finding latest traffic issues for roads on the approaches to or within York. As you are reading this page on-line it is assumed you have internet access. It is recommended that you check these traffic management advice services for the latest information on the day.
- Highways Agency live traffic feed service. A free App is also available for the i-phone.
- The AA Roadwatch page link for national traffic news. A free App is also available for the i-phone.
- Free on-line travel information service with current traffic reports for Yorkshire & Humberside Frixio
- Link to York City Council's travel to York information page
- Link to York City Council's roadworks and restrictions portal page
Parking/Park & Ride
(Section updated for 2017 Show.)
Some on street parking in the South Bank residential area of York is now Residents Only, however, you don't need to use it. Parking for over 800 cars is available free of charge.
Public parking will be off the Knavesmire on Saturday (due to car boot sale), but on the coach park, past the entrance on Sun/Mon. Supervised by Racecourse staff 9am to 2pm.
Disabled parking - will continue to be available close to the main entrance to the Show. Please follow directions from the stewards on the day.
Park and ride options
If you are traveling to York with a party including non-model railway orientated members you have the option of using P&R into the City and then the Show shuttle bus out to the Knavesmire. Concession pass holders are charged £1 on the inward to City leg of the York P&R services. (See our bus link section - the bus link is a commercial opertation independant of YMRS. As at 1 March 2017 they advise us they plan to run ON ALL THREE DAYS this year.)
Visitors from the north or north east - The service from Rawcliffe Bar drops off/picks up at the NRM and in Station Avenue. Alternatively park in our free car parking facilities and the remaining members of the party can use the Show link into York. Visitors from outside the N/N East should note that the A1237 York outer bypass (Northern section) and the A64 at the Hopgrove Roundabout both get very busy at peak/holiday times.
Public transport options
(Updated for 2016 Show)
As all the service providers now have websites please check there for service alterations etc.. Our bus link section.
For Network Rail Engineering works check this interactive page on the National Rail Enquiries web site
East Coast main line
& Cross Country fast services
York is located on the East Coast Main Line with regular electric services to London and Scotland plus some HST services also to other Scottish destinations. The current franchisee operator is:-
Virgin East Coast (NB Franchise link updated in 2015)
If you are intending to use EC services for visiting YMRS over Easter check their timetable page for changes.
Grand Central RailKings Cross - York - then selected stations to Sunderland.
If you are intending to use GCR services for visiting YMRS over Easter check their website for service alterations.
Cross Country Xpress Trainsoperate services to the Midlands, South Coast and Scotland with routes passing through York. If you are intending to use CCX services for visiting YMRS check their website for service alterations.
East Midlands Trainsthis company in some years has a very limited Saturday service between London (St Pancras)
Operate local trains to York from Leeds, Harrogate, Selby, Hull etc. and York (check timetables for times).
Regional / local train services
(1) Northern RailNorthern Rail's Network Map (Pdf) They do have a proposed engineering works page. Recommended action is to use their journey time planner
(2) First Transpennine Express
Operate trains to York from Lancashire (via Leeds), Manchester Airport and from the North East including Thirsk and Scarborough. See their planned changes to services page for any changes over the Easter weekend on trains through York.
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Leeds/Bradford and Manchester International airports are within fifty and ninety minutes respectively. International travellers should note that there is a rail link to York from Manchester Airport,
Leeds/Bradford Airport website
Manchester Airport web site
Link to York City Council's travel to York information page
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The Show link bus is provided independently of YMRS by Transdev
Latest regarding the predicted position on buses for 2017 (As at 1 March 2017)
The York Area bus map shows routes 11, 21, 26, & 197 serving the end of Racecourse Road. Unfortunately this is misleading as that section of route 11 is an evening service only - during the day it only serves Bishopthorpe Road. The public transport options are therefore the 21, 26 & 197 (Saturday) other days the 197 only.
Service 197 - the bus link is a commercial Transdev opertation independant of YMRS. As at 1 March 2017 they have advised us they plan to run ON ALL THREE DAYS this year.
Timetable details not yet available. However, our estimate based on previous service level is - For those arriving by rail, coach or service bus Transdev will be running their bus link from York Railway Station. The pick-up at York Railway Station goes from Bus Stand RJ on the Opposite side of the road to the Station. The service is is expected to pick up/drop off at the triangle at the end of Racecourse Road. The Fare is not included in Show price. Transdev advised us of the following:
The first bus to leave Station Road at 09:38, the Station at 09:45 arriving at the Racecourse at 09.53 and returns, this is a 15 minute service throughout the day and the last bus from the Race course will leave at 17:08. The fare in 2016 was £2.00 single and £3.00 return.
Other options - Saturday Only
Bus route 21 – operator Connexions Buses
Service bus – two hourly from railway station – Saturday only.
Bus route 26 – operator = Arriva N East (Timetable pdf)
Bus route 11 - From the Autumn 2016 timetable revison onwards this service is running direct down Bishopthorpe Rd during the show hours. The nearest stop is therefore a considerable walk from the venue. Number 11 route map | No.11 timetable