If you want to avoid driving into St Ives town centre completely – and to be honest, we don’t blame you – it’s worth considering St Ives Park and Ride car park options.
Visitors can park all-day long, with plenty of spaces for stress-free parking and catch a bus or train into St Ives centre.
Location: St Erth Station, Hayle, TR27 6JW
Park at St Erth Station (422 spaces) then board the ‘park and ride’ train with its breath-taking sea views of Carbis Bay and Porthminster. The trains set off on the scenic 10-minute journey twice an hour during the day. The train runs 7 days a week, all year round.
The car park costs £3.70 per day (before 10am, Monday to Friday) and £2.60 per day (all other times including weekends). A train day return costs £4 per adult and £2 per child (5-15), under fives free.
Location: Trenwith, St Ives, TR26 1DD
Trenwith Car Park (St Ives Leisure Centre) is the largest car park in St Ives (759 spaces) at the top of a steep hill, with shuttle buses into town until 11pm during the summer. Running between Trenwith Car Park and Royal Square which is in St Ives town centre, the route starts at 10am and runs every few minutes through the day.
The bus fares are low, and the car park costs £6.60 for 2-4 hours and £8.70 for 24 hours.
Location: Alexandra Road, St Ives, TR26 1ER
With a daily rate of £6 to park, St Ives Rugby Club Park and Ride is one of the cheapest ways to park in St Ives. In the high season buses are run by St Ives Bus Company and run from 10am every 10-15 minutes to The Tate Gallery at Porthmeor Beach, costing £1.50 one way or £2.50 return. Or if you want to clock up some steps, it’s a 15-20 minute walk into town.
Photography credit: St Erth to St Ives by train © Mark Lynam
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