Getting to Cornwall has never been easier. Gone are the days of inching your way along the motorway to the scenic goal of Cornwall. We now boast world-class transport links which make Cornwall accessible from all corners of the globe.
First Great Western operate high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, including sleeper services also known as the Night Riviera Sleeper Service from London Paddington. First Great Western also operates services on Cornwall's branch lines. Every weekend from May to September, and every day during July and August, direct, intercity rail services are available to Newquay (at other times you will need to change trains on the way, usually at Par or Plymouth). Cross Country Trains (Arrival Trains) operate some services into Cornwall from the Midlands, the North and Scotland.
Contact National Rail Enquiries for train times and fare information on 08457 48 49 50.
The First Group co-ordinate rail and bus services from stations. For bus link details telephone 08457 48 49 50. Park-and-ride schemes run in season at Liskeard (for Looe) and Lelant Saltings (for St. Ives).
National Express serves Cornwall from destinations throughout the UK. Coaches travel to St Austell, Truro, Newquay, Falmouth, St Ives and Penzance. Connecting services to Cornwall are available from Bristol, Birmingham and London. To book call 08705 80 80 80* (*£1 booking fee applies, calls charged at 7.9p per min for BT users, mobiles and other networks may vary), click here or visit your local National Express outlet.
Newquay Cornwall Airport is one of the fastest growing regional airports in the UK linking Cornwall to major cities across the country as well as internationally.
The following routes have so far been confirmed as inbound routes to Newquay within the UK and Ireland:
• bmibaby flies from East Midlands and Manchester to Nequay. To book see website or call 0905 828 2828
• Flybe flies from London Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh. To book see website or call 0871 700 2000
• Skybus flies between Newquay and the Isles of Scilly. Day trips available. To book see website or call 0845 710 5555
• Lufthansa flies from Dusseldorf to Newquay. To book see website or call 0871 945 9747
Full timetables for services can be found at www.newquaycornwallairport.com
The distance between the airport and Newquay town centre is about 6 miles, and takes approximately 15 minutes by car. Expect to pay about £15 by taxi, 7am - 11pm. There is no longer a taxi rank at the airport, so all taxis need to booked in advance.
BioTravel Taxi Share Bus is available at peak times to Newquay from the airport, call 01638 880006 or visit www.biotravel.co.uk. Carbis Cabs also offer airport transfers from all over Cornwall, don't forget to pre-book on 01637 260360.
Summercourt On-Demand Bus Service 410 provides an on-demand service between Newquay and Newquay Airport. This service departs every 30 minutes at times to suit flights and operates every day that the airport is open. The journeys must be pre-booked by calling 01726 861108.
Newquay Cornwall Airport has recently introduced a dedicated bus stop to the west of the terminal building. Western Greyhound provides a service from Padstow to Newquay via Newquay Airport – route 556. Adult fares: Newquay to Padstow costs £4.50 single or £6.50 day return. Newquay to the Airport costs £2.70 single.
Timetables for the Western Greyhound Service 556 can be found at www.westerngreyhound.com or by calling 01637 871871.
Car hire is available at Newquay Cornwall Airport through Europcar and Hertz or Cornwall Classic Car Hire who will meet you at the terminal.
Please note: An Airport Development Fee of £5 per departing passenger was introduced from October 2005 to help secure the future of Newquay Cornwall Airport. The Airport Development Fee will be collected at the airport. Children under the age of 16 will be exempt (proof of age may be required).
The M4, M5 and M6 motorways have made travel to Cornwall simple and straightforward, while within Cornwall itself, the two major holiday routes, the A30 and A38 continue to improve with fast dual carriageways as far as Carland Cross, Mitchell and most of the way to Penzance. Follow the M5 to Exeter, after which you will either take the A30 or A38 into Cornwall, depending on your final destination. Alternatively, you can enter Cornwall via North Devon, then there is the Altlantic Highway, the A39, which you can join at junction 27 on the M5.
Due to the nature of Cornwall's roads, during the summer months the main A30 route into Cornwall can become congested. If possible, try and avoid the stretch of road around the Bodmin Moor area at Temple where the road reverts back from dual to single carriageway for a short stretch, this can back up, especially at weekends. Travelling overnight or outside peak rush hours is recommended to avoid long delays.
For up-to-date traffic information listen to local radio stations and plan your journey using the AA Route Planner for a tailor made travel plan with timings and mileage. For advice from the Highways Agency on preparing for your journey, click here.
For information on any possible delays or roadwork's throughout the UK or in Cornwall visit www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews.
Taking the ferry to England has never been easier. There are many ferry companies that operate daily services to the UK and these terminals are within easy reach of the major motorways leading you down to Cornwall.
Stena Line operates daily ferry crossings from Ireland and Holland to Britain. You can travel from Belfast, Larne, Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and the Hook of Holland. Irish Ferries and Norfolk Line* also run services from Ireland (and France*) to the UK.
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 the Sea France ferry service between Calais and Dover.
Plymouth is the closest port to Cornwall being just across the River Tamar. Brittany Ferries offer services from Roscoff and Santander into Plymouth as well as further services from France and Spain into Portsmouth and Poole.
Fjord Line operates a fleet of ferries connecting Western Norway to the UK with sailings from Bergen, Stavanger and Haugsesund into Newcastle.
From the Channel Islands and France you can travel by fast ferry to the Southern UK ports of Weymouth, Poole and Dorset with Condor Ferries. Services are available from Jersey, Guernsey, St. Malo and Cherbourg.
And finally, if you are still not sure how to get to Cornwall, take a look at Transport Directs website, Britain’s free online route and journey planner. Find bus and train times, plan your car journey, plan your cycle route, park and ride information, traffic news, flight information and more.