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Travel advice for the 2024 Grand National

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Travel advice for the 2024 Grand National


The Grand National is one of the most popular sporting events in the UK and with over 65,000 people expected to flock to Aintree Racecourse on Saturday afternoon, it is vital that you plan your travel arrangements carefully.


2024 Grand National

The 2024 Grand National is almost upon us and thousands of eager racegoers will soon be making their way to the iconic Aintree Racecourse to witness the world’s greatest steeplechase at close quarters. The big race takes place on Saturday afternoon (13th April) and with most travellers to the event arriving by train, Merseyrail is gearing itself up for an extremely busy day with an enhanced service operating throughout the day. Indeed, over the three days of the 2023 Grand National Festival, over 105,000 train journeys were made to and from Aintree railway station and this number is expected to be exceeded in 2024.

With that in mind, it is important that you plan your travel arrangements carefully and National Rail have recommended the following:


  • Check travel times at nationalrail.co.uk
  • Be fully aware that there will be queues to and from Aintree railway station
  • Ensure that you have lots of time to catch your train
  • Buy your ticket before you get to the station


Extra Staff

Most travellers to Aintree by train will depart from Liverpool Lime Street station and Merseyrail will have extra staff on duty at this location throughout the day. Plans have been made well in advance to prepare for the massive increase in passenger numbers traveling through the station, while queuing systems will be in place to ensure that passengers cannot jump their place.


Special Timetable

Between Liverpool City Centre stations and Aintree there will be a special train timetable in operation which will see services running every seven and a half minutes prior to the start and finish of the racecard on Thursday 11th April, Friday 12th April and Saturday 13th April.