TRAVEL & PARKING

ABP Newport Wales Marathon & 10K | NEWPORT, WALES

PARKING

CITY CENTRE PARKING

Details on parking options in the city, offered by Newport City Council can be found here.

Please note the following are not available for use due to the Marathon:

  • Emlyn Street
  • Riverfront
  • Friars Walk Car Park

All other city centre car parks, including the Kingsway Car Park will be fully accessible.

EVENT PARK & RIDE SERVICE CITY CENTRE PARKING

An official Event Park & Ride service is now available from the Office of National Statistics in Newport, offering easy access from the M4 motorway.

The price is £7 per vehicle and includes return transfer to/from the Office of National Statistics to the City Centre (less than a 5-minute walk from the race start/finish) for all of the passengers in your vehicle. Disabled parking is available.

The Park & Ride will operate between 06.00 – 18.00 – YOU MUST RETURN TO COLLECT YOUR CAR BEFORE 18.00 – No access to the car park will be permitted outside these times. If you plan to stay in the city centre beyond 18.00 please use alternative city centre car parks. The first return bus from the race will be 11:00am.

The bus transfer will drop you on the Kingsway near to The Dolman Theatre, a few minutes’ walk from the start – PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL ALSO BE THE RETURN PICK UP POINT, to return you to the Office of National Statistics. Please see full details in your confirmation email. 

You must print your parking pass and display it on your dashboard for quick entry. Entry will not be permitted without the pass. Please leave plenty of time to enter the car park and journey to the start point.

We strongly recommend you arrive as early as possible to ensure a stress-free preparation for your start, to allow you to familiarise yourself with the event village, baggage and meeting points etc. Marathon Runners should arrive at the car park by at least 7.30am.

Face coverings remain mandatory on all public transport services in Wales, unless exempt. Please ensure you have a face covering before boarding the bus to the race start and one available for the return journey to your vehicle. 

Pre-booking will close at 18:00 on Saturday 23rd October 2021 and there will be NO ON-THE-DAY SALES.

Please note that after booking you will receive two confirmation emails – a payment receipt email and a parking pass email (with your number plate included). Please only print the parking pass email.

Park and Ride is now available to pre-book below:

Please note a small non-refundable booking fee (80p) is charged on top of the parking charge by Bespoke Entries (who manage our car booking system)


TRAVEL

Please be aware that thousands of people will be aiming for the start of the race at the same time as you. Please allow plenty of time to arrive in time for the start of your race (9:00 am marathon, 9:45 am 10K).

BY TRAIN

The race start line is a 15-minute walk from Newport railway station.

Newport railway station enjoys excellent rail connections between a number of major cities and regions within 2-3 hours travel.

With so many participants and spectators travelling to Newport over the race weekend, one of the most reliable, stress-free and cost-effective ways to travel and avoid congestion is by travelling by train in advance of race day – why not make a weekend of it?

Early Sunday morning train services are extremely limited. The first train of the day from Cardiff will get you into Newport for approximately 08:40am, which is tight with the start of the marathon race at 09:00am. This service may be suitable for 10K or Family Mile runners, but please be aware it is likely this service will be extremely busy and check for any delays or planned engineering work closer to the time. No trains from the Midlands, Bristol/South West will arrive in Newport in time for the event.

Check www.nationalrail.co.uk  or www.trainline.com for timetables and prices from around the UK. If you live in Wales, we recommend traveling via one of the regional Valley Lines or Arriva Trains Wales stations. A timetable can be found at www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk

BY CAR

When travelling by car please be aware that congestion into the city may well be possible on the day of the race and during road closures. Please leave extra time to arrive well before the race to avoid congestion and find suitable parking. We are offering a Park & Ride service (please see above for more details).

BY BUS

Coach services into the city will be affected by road closures in place for the event, so if you are travelling on the morning of the event please check with your coach provider, and note that you may be dropped off further from the city centre than usual.

Travelling to Newport by bus in the days prior to the race is cheap and easy from a number of major cities and regions. You can travel by National Express Coach from most UK cities. There are also Megabus routes into Newport from London, Swansea, Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Newcastle.

BY BIKE

Travelling by bike to the start of the race is easy, sustainable and practical if you live within a reasonable distance from Newport City Centre.

Sustrans Cymru have a number of maps, routes and advice on their website for anyone unsure of the best route into Newport.

BY PLANE
Cardiff International Airport

The airport is situated 15km South West of Cardiff city centre. Once you’ve arrived you can travel to Newport by taxi, train or bus (via Cardiff City Centre). Taxis are located just outside the arrival hall. For train tickets and times, please check https://tfw.wales/. If you’re travelling by bus the T9 will take you to and from the airport to the Centre of Cardiff and Cardiff Bay (www.trawscymru.info/t9/).

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Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport is a 50-minute drive from Newport or an hour on the train or bus. With regular links to Newport and a variety of European airlines flying to Bristol, the airport is a convenient and closely located option for many.

For more information on getting to and from the airport, click here.

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Other Airports within two-three hours of Newport include London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester.