Travelling to Cornwall
- CornwallAirport Newquay
- Lands End Airport
- Atlantic Coast Line
- Maritime Line
- St Ives Bay Line
- Tamar Valley Line
- Looe Valley Line
- St Ives
- St Austell
- Falmouth Docks
- St Erth
- Carbis Bay
- Lelant Saltings
- St Columb Road
- St Keyne
- Plymouth →
- Isles of Scilly
GWR is the lead travel sponsor of Visit Cornwall, who through financial and in-kind support facilitate Visit Cornwall’s ambitious destination marketing plans. Working collaboratively on promoting destination Cornwall, and the accessibility of train travel to and around the region, the partnership brings two like-minded organisations together.
Travel to Cornwall by train
GWR operate high speed train services 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
Once in Cornwall, there's a great rail network for getting around the county, ideal for when the roads are busy in the summer. Give the driver a rest and grab a cheap day return to St Ives or Looe. Sit back and enjoy the scenery on the Tamar Valley Line or head to the beach at Newquay or Falmouth. For more info, go to Great Scenic Railways.
The First Group co-ordinate rail and bus services from stations. For bus link details telephone 08457 484950. 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 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 Cornwall's roads during the summer months the main routes can become congested especially at weekends. Travelling 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 on possible delays or roadwork's throughout the UK or in Cornwall visit 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 and bus
Coach travel times from London or Birmingham to the city of Truro are around 7-8 hours
Many tour operators offer coach holidays to Cornwall, contact your local travel agent for details.
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
For information on public transport, including local bus timetables, once you are in Cornwall. Click here.
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, Cork, Doncaster-Sheffield, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.
There are also flights to Europe with Alicante, Faro, Stuttgart, Frankfurt-Hahn and Dusseldorf amongst those served in 2017.
The Airport also offers year-round onward connectivity to the Isles of Scilly with Skybus..
The Airport offers the following 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
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 and 20 minutes on one of the ferry services between France and Dover. Plymouth is the closest ferry port to Cornwall, being just across the River Tamar. Brittany Ferries offer services from Roscoff in France and Santander in Northern Spain into Plymouth as well as further services from France and Spain into Portsmouth and Poole.
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.