Travelling to Cornwall
- Mawgan Porth
- Jamaica Inn
- Port Isaac (Doc Martin)
- Mawgan Porth
- Plymouth →
- Cornwall Airport Newquay
- Holywell Bay
- Wheal Coates
- The Lizard
- St.Michaels Mount
- Lands End
- Lands End Airport
- Isles of Scilly
PLEASE NOTE: All travel information to Cornwall is subject to dissruption due to the effects of the Coronavirus.
Please check the relevant websites before making any plans.
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 Bristol and beyond. 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.
For National Rail enquiries telephone 08457 484950
The First Group co-ordinate bus services from many Cornish stations.
Park-and-ride schemes run in season at Liskeard (for Looe) and St Erth (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 A39 Atlantic Highway running 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.
For information on public transport, including local bus timetables, once you are in Cornwall. Click here.
To plan your journey in advance, journey planning websites such as Traveline South West can be useful.
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 creating an account to use the ZatPermit system (further details on the coach rover webpage)
Travel to Cornwall by air
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.
Newquay Airport is currently closed with flights due to start again in early May 2021. We will update this page then.
The Airport offers year-round onward connectivity to the Isles of Scilly with Skybus.
Exeter Airport is also withing easy reach of Cornwall via the A30 and A38.
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. They 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. You can also now fly to the Isles of Scilly by helicopter again. These leave from Penzance, serving the islands of St Mary's and Tresco. For more information see the Penzance Helicopters webpage here