The majority of visitors to Cornwall use their own cars to get around. Although the car is usually the most convenient way to travel in Cornwall, during the main holiday seasons traffic volumes mean journeys take longer and may require patience on major routes and on arrival at popular destinations. Live traffic information can be accessed online www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/cornwall
Carshare Cornwall is a free service for anyone looking to offer or receive a lift for journeys, and is a great way to make new friends or contacts, reduce your travel costs and reduce traffic congestion. Although most members use the service for commuting, many members are also seeking or offering lifts for leisure and event travel. Check out the website for more information and to search for potential car share matches in the part of Cornwall you will be based for your holiday.
- Weekly Rover Parking Permits costing £35 can be used at more than 90 Cornwall Council Long Stay car parks
- Visitors may also wish to use convenient Park and Ride schemes currently available in Truro, Falmouth, St Ives, Padstow and Looe
- Falmouth Park and Ride/Float: www.falriver.co.uk/getting-about/park-and-float
A wonderful way to explore Cornwall is by bicycle. You will feel energised with the wind blowing through your hair as you explore the quiet country lanes and the rugged coastline. You can choose to bring your own bike with you, or there are a number of places where you can hire a bicycle for a reasonable price - whether you want it just for the day or for your entire stay.
Many of Cornwall's coastal towns are linked to the main railway line which runs through Cornwall by the scenic branch lines to Looe, Falmouth, Newquay and St Ives.
Cornwall's extensive network of bus services is run by two main operators, First Devon and Cornwall and Western Greyhound. Smaller operators also offer services in specific areas. Timetables for all services and maps can be accessed online at www.cornwallpublictransport.info
Cornwall Council now offers a weekly coach rover ticket. Perfect is you are bringing a coach group to Cornrwall and plan on touring the county. This is available for all car parks where coaches are permitted and costs £50 for 7 days and £30 for 4 days. These can be obtained by phoning 0300 1234 222 and asking for a call back from the permit team or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org outlining requirements and contact details.
Traveline is also a useful resource for travel information in Cornwall, call 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelinesw.com
With 80% of Cornwall being surrounded by water what better way is there to get around than by ferry? Hop onto one of more than 25 passenger or car ferries that operate around the county and see Cornwall from a new perspective. For more information see our Ferries Guide
If you want to get somewhere extra quickly or have a journey to make that isn't served by public transport, make use of one of the many taxi companies in Cornwall.
Advice for visitors with disability needs
Disability Cornwall is a user led, disabled peoples' organisation providing a range of services to empower, assist and facilitate independent living and when necessary, act as a representative voice for disabled people, their families and carers. A new online directory of fully accessible places, including public toilets, called My Place is also being developed by Disability Cornwall.
Travel to the Isles of Scilly
Please note: The helicopter link from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly ceased operations on 31 October 2012.
The Isles of Scilly can be reached by air through the Skybus daily flights between Land's End, Newquay and St Mary's (year-round excluding Sundays). Skybus also operate a Mar-Nov service from Exeter, Bristol and Southampton to the Islands. Call 0845 710 5555 for more information.
As an alternative to air, The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company operates a daily passenger ferry service, Scillonian III, between Penzance and St. Mary's. Daytrips and longer stays are available. Call 0845 710 5555. You can always choose to sail to the Isles of Scilly in the morning and return by Skybus in the afternoon, the choice is yours.