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Page last revised and updated - 30 April 2018

The information below remains broadly 2018's at this stage. It will be periodically reviewed during the year and amended if relevant information has become available. A thorough review will be made, and all links rechecked, in the run up to the 2019 Show dates.

All external links on this page are as validated/updated for the 2018 Show. Web manager 17 March 2018.

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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.

Roadworks links to Highways England etc.

List of incidents/works on HE managed roads by road number (HTML live feed)

(NB The previously linked to text list withdrawn - the link still worked but the data was last updated by HE in late 2017!)


Road information

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 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.

Known current roadworks (Updated to 30 Apr 2018)

All TBC at this stage for 2019.

Relevant external links (all checked for the 2018 Show on 17 March 2018)

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 local roadworks and restrictions portal page

Link to York City Council's York Live info page

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Parking/Park & Ride

(Section updated 30 April 2018)

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. Update for 2019 - The car boot sale is likely to be held on the Saturday in 2019 due to the later date for the Show. Further updates on parking options will be posted nearer to the Show dates.

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 (Section updated 27 March 2018)

Transdev ran the bus link from the railway station on all three days in 2018. TBC for 2019 as at last section review 30 April 2018.

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 from several site and then the Show shuttle bus out to the Knavesmire. Concession pass holders are charged a small fee on the inward to City leg of the York P&R services. (See also our bus link section)

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 North/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.

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Public transport options


(Links checked/updated for 2018 Show - 17 March 2018)

As all the service providers now have websites please check there for service alterations etc.. Our bus link section.


Engineering works

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 Rail

Kings 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 Trains

CCX operate 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 Trains

In some previous years EMT has run a once each way, Saturday only, service between London (St Pancras) and York at times suitable for show attendance. As York is still showing as one of the limited service destinations on their route map (as at the March 2018 page update) midlands based attendees may find it is worth a check of current timetables.


Regional / local train services

(1) Northern Rail

Operate local trains to York from Leeds, Harrogate, Selby, Hull etc. and York (check timetables for times). Northern Rail's Network Map links page They do have a live disruptions page and planned improvements/events page with specific route links. (Section updated 30 Apr 2018)

(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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By Air

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

Durham Tees Valley Airport website

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Independent sites on getting to/around in York


Independent York Bus page - Bus services in York


Local bus services to Show and Racecourse area

The Show link bus is provided independently of YMRS by Transdev

Latest regarding the predicted position on buses for 2018 (As at 2 April 2018)

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. We understand Senior Passes are not valid on the 197.

Service 197 - Transdev ran a bus link from the railway station on all three days in 2018. TBC for 2019 as at last section review 30 April 2018. Please note this is a commercial operation independent of the Show it is NOT a YMRS charter service.

Other regular service bus options - Saturday Only

Bus route 21 – operator Connexions Buses (Link updated for 2018)

Service bus – two hourly from railway station – Timetable. Check pick up points for return journey.

Bus route 26 – operator = Arriva N East (Timetable pdf)

Bus route 11 - From the Autumn 2016 timetable revision onwards this service has been 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

Park & Ride - The official site covering fares and routes for York's 6 P&R services

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