Cornwall Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Cornwall offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire, coaches and ferries.

Local bus services in Cornwall provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering local towns including Newquay, Penzance, Falmouth, Bodmin and the city of Truro.

Whilst many visitors use their own cars or hire cars to travel around Cornwall, buses provide an alternative for those who do not wish to drive. Local bus services are provided by First Devon and Western Greyhound Buses

Trains in Cornwall serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Truro Station has services to London Paddington station with a journey time of approx 5 hours. From Truro station there are also services to Falmouth Docks, Exeter St Davids and Penzance.

Train services are provided by First Great Western Trains.

Penzance Station provides regular services to Liverpool Paddington station via the Night Riviera service with an approx journey time of 5 to 6 hours.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport in London go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Cornwall that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Cornwall is connected to the road network via the A30 linking it with the M5 and M4 motorways. London to Cornwall by car involves the M4 from London, the M5 to Exeter and then either the A30 or A38. Other major roads around the county include the A39 and A390.

Parking in Truro city centre and across Cornwall is provided by both pay and display and car parks. Major car parks in Truro city centre are located at NCP car park in St Clement Street and Viaduct Car Park in Pydar Street.

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the city & town centres. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

Cornwall is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Truro and Penzance from London Victoria coach station, the journey time is approx 7 to 8 hours to Truro. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Megabus offers services from London Victoria Coach Station to Newquay in Cornwall, the journey time is approx 7 hours 15 minutes.

Cornwall’s location on the south west English coast makes it convenient to use ferries to get to Cornwall and to travel around the county.

To get to Cornwall:
From Ireland and Holland there are services operated by Stena Line; there are ferries from France, Holland, Spain and Belgium to UK destinations operated by P & O Ferries. There are services from Denmark to Harwick and Holland to Newcastle operated by DFDS Seaways. The cruise terminals offer good access to the UK motorway network and railway services visitors can use to get to Cornwall.

To travel around Cornwall:
There are a number of ferry routes covering Cornwall including Falmouth, Penzance, the Isles of Scilly, Truro and more. There are a number of operators offering services, for more information on Cornwall ferries and routes please see: Cornwall Ferries

Newquay Cornwall Airport is located approx 15 miles from Truro in Cornwall, currently the airport caters for flights across destinations in the UK, Ireland and short haul European destinations. Exeter Airport is located approx 95 miles from Truro, there airport has a number of local, regional and international flights.

For more information on public transport in Cornwall including information on public transport and timetables please see: Cornwall Transport from Cornwall Council.

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