Originally a Roman fort, much of modern Chester actually dates back to the Medieval period. The city then played a key role in the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th Century. Today Chester is both a centre for the financial services industry and a popular destination for tourists.
Geographically, the closest airports to Chester are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon. The 383 bus connects Chester and Manchester International via Liverpool town centre, but it currently only runs twice a day. The 500 bus provides a regular service to Liverpool John Lennon. There are, however, numerous transport options between either Manchester town centre or Liverpool town centre or visitors can take a taxi from the airport and expect a journey time of about 40 minutes.
Chester (General) Station is serviced by a number of train operators including Merseyrail, Virgin and Arriva. The station is only about a kilometre away from the town centre, but for those who do not wish to walk there is a number 40 bus which runs frequently during the day, with a journey time of about 10 minutes. Taxis are available 24/7.
Chester is served by the National Express coach service which departs from the Princess Street Bus Exchange. This is right in the city centre, directly behind the town hall. The town hall has a visitor information centre, which can give help and advice to visitors including details on travelling to and from Chester by bus.
Arguably the best option for getting around Chester is on foot, to have time to enjoy the beauty of this city. Chester is also a very bike-friendly city. There are no trams but there is a wide range of bus services.