Travel to Cornwall
Travel to Cornwall by train
Contact Great Western Railway for train times and fare information on 0345 700 0125 (7am – 10pm every day)
High speed train services run frequently from London Paddington station including the Night Riviera Sleeper Service to Penzance. There are also direct trains daily from Bath and Bristol to Cornwall and its branch lines. More info from: nationalrail.co.uk
CrossCountry operate trains from the midlands, the north of England and Scotland.
The First Group co-ordinate rail and bus services from stations. Park-and-ride schemes run in season at Liskeard (for Looe) and Lelant Saltings (for St. Ives).
Travel to Cornwall by road
It takes less than five hours to get from London to the heart of Cornwall by either train or car. Drive along the M4 motorway from London, or M6 from Manchester, and then the M5 to Exeter (or take the M3 and the A303 across Salisbury Plain) and finally either the A30, that is mostly dual carriageway, or the A38 through Plymouth and Saltash into South East Cornwall. Alternatively if you enter Cornwall from North Devon, there is the scenic Atlantic Highway A39 through Bude which you can join from Junction 27 on the M5. Due to the high volume of traffic on roads during the summer months, travelling to Cornwall overnight or outside peak rush hours is recommended to avoid long delays.
- To plan your journey use the AA Route Planner for a tailor made travel plan with timings and mileage
- For information about traffic problems in Devon and Cornwall, check Traffic Watch
- Travelling to Cornwall with a caravan? Check out our caravan towing guide
PLEASE BE AWARE. Sat-Navs can lead you to some wonderful places in Cornwall, many of them down narrow country lanes with high hedges and few reversing points. If you are not sure...don't go on. Better to turn around and find another route than end up lost in the middle of nowhere.
Travel to Cornwall by coach
Public transport information on travel within the UK to Cornwall can be obtained from Traveline by calling 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelinesw.com
National Express Serve various towns as far west as Penzance
Megabus Serve Bodmin, Newquay and Falmouth
Coach travel times from London or Birmingham to the city of Truro are around 7-8 hours
If you are bringing a coach to Cornwall, did you know Cornwall Council now offers a weekly coach rover ticket. This is available for all car parks where coaches are permitted and costs £15 for 24 hours or £50 for 7 days and £35 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 email@example.com outlining requirements and contact details.
Travel to Cornwall by air
You can fly to Cornwall from airports around the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain. Cornwall Airport Newquay currently has year round daily flights from London Gatwick and Manchester with additional seasonal routes (between March and October) from Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Doncaster-Sheffield, Edinburgh, London Stansted, and Newcastle (Flybe); Dublin (Aer Lingus); Alicante and Frankfurt-Hahn (Ryanair); and Dusseldorf (Eurowings).
A new year-round route from Leeds-Bradford is expected to start in June 2016 with Flybe.
The Airport also offers year-round onward connectivity to the Isles of Scilly with Skybus.
Flying to Cornwall offers an attractive alternative to the long and sometimes frustrating journey by train or car, our aim is to get you to Cornwall quickly and with less hassle.
Services & Facilities
- Free WiFi within the terminal.
- Two Coffee Republic Cafés offering fresh coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and cakes.
- Passengers with Reduced Mobility Service involves passenger assistance and accessibility for reduced mobility; disabled access (step-free), parking and toilets, wheelchairs and Aviramp.
- Two car parks only yards from the terminal and if someone if picking you up, the airport offers 60 minutes free parking.
- Cornish gift shop located in departures offering a great selection of traditional local merchandise and produce.
- Enjoy the comforts of ‘The Lounge’ and relax in style with sofa style seating and peace and quiet. The Lounge is a private room within departures where guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments; tea/coffee, alcoholic /soft drinks and snacks. The area screens a news channel, offers a selection of reading material, has private work stations and free WiFi. Entry can be booked on the day at the airport Information Desk.
- Two car hire companies; Hertz and Europcar are located just outside the Arrivals Terminal.
- Official onsite taxi service available with Coastline Travel Cornwall. You can either pre-book and receive a discount or book upon arrival.
- The airport has highly trained staff that are available to help you throughout your time at the airport with the aim of making your journey stress free. The team has been recognised as a World Host Accredited Company, following a staff training programme to deliver exceptional customer service.
Travel to Cornwall by ferry
Plymouth is the closest port to Cornwall being just across the River Tamar. Brittany Ferries offer services from Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain into Plymouth as well as further services from France and Spain into Portsmouth and Poole.
Travelling across the Channel from France to the UK can take as little time as 35 minutes on the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone and just 1 hour 20 minutes on the ferry service between Calais and Dover.
AFerry is a price comparison website with access to all ferry services in and out of the UK, including ferries to the Isles of Scilly. There are many ferry companies that operate daily services to the UK and these terminals are within easy reach of the major motorways leading you down to Cornwall
- Stena Line operates daily ferry crossings from Ireland and Holland to Britain. You can travel from Belfast, Larne, Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and the Hook of Holland
- Irish Ferries also run services from Ireland (and France*) to the UK
- P&O Ferries have several services from Ireland, France, Spain, Holland and Belgium to UK destinations
- DFDS Seaways operate between Holland and Newcastle and from Denmark to Harwich
From the Channel Islands and France you can travel by fast ferry to the Southern UK ports of Weymouth, Poole and Dorset with Condor Ferries. Services are available from Jersey, Guernsey, St. Malo and Cherbourg.
Travel to the Isles of Scilly
Isles of Scilly Travel is the link between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland. We provide day trip visitors and holidaymakers from across the UK and beyond with a taste of Island life, whilst supplying island residents with an easy and frequent service to the mainland.
The Scillonian III passenger ferry sails between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly on a daily basis, taking as little as 2 hours and 40 minutes from March to November and Sunday sailings operate from July to September for the summer season. To travel by sea visit the Scillonian III time table page for departure and arrival times.
Alternatively fly to the Isles of Scilly on Skybus, the Islands’ own airline from Exeter, Newquay and Land’s End airports, six days a week. Skybus flies all year round and flight times can be found on the Skybus Timetable page.