Relying on public transport in Cornwall can be challenging. It’s a large county which isn’t necessarily well connected to the rest of the world, which many say is part of its charm. However, when you’re organising a Cornwall holiday, and are trusting on public transport to get you to your destination, travelling on a whim isn’t really an option.
Cornwall is also home to Newquay airport, but the nearest train station to the airport is in Newquay which is five miles away. However, Transport for Cornwall operate the bus service between Newquay and Padstow which stops at the Airport (Number 56). For Transport for Cornwall timetables, click here.
Fear not, with some preparation your dream Cornwall holiday can come true. Here you’ll find your best bet when it comes to a car-free holiday in Cornwall.
If you’re visiting Cornwall via train, you are rather limited to where is easy to get to (without hopping from bus to bus or booking a taxi). Cornwall transportation is still pretty inadequate compared to the rest of the UK, but there are a few destinations which don’t require a car.
You can get a direct train from London Paddington to Penzance
The most direct route, is to head for Penzance which offers a direct train with no changes, allowing you to sit back and let the train take the strain, however the journey time is around five hours but it’s very scenic in parts.
On the west coast catch a train to St Ives or Carbis Bay, with centrally-located train stations. Travelling from London to St Ives, you can catch the train at London Paddington (the Penzance line) and change at St Erth for both St Ives or Carbis Bay – taking around five and a half hours. Once you’re here beaches, restaurants and attractions are accessible, so they make great locations for a car-free holiday in Cornwall.
On the south coast catching a train from London to Falmouth is a popular option taking five hours, and only requiring one change at Truro. Again, Falmouth train station is centrally located, for your car-free holiday.
You can get a direct train from London to Bodmin Parkway, but the train station is roughly four miles from the town centre making it quite remote.
If you’re looking for a car-free holiday in Cornwall, here we highlight some of our best options.