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How to Get to Cornwall

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How to get to Cornwall

Are you wondering how to get to Cornwall? Our guide features three key ways for you to travel to this picturesque region, whether you’re venturing here for a staycation or planning to travel to Cornwall from overseas!

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Travelling to Cornwall by train

Travelling to Cornwall by train provides a very scenic journey, however, depending on where you’re visiting from it can present a much longer travel time than car and plane. For those looking to enjoy some of the most scenic railways in Britain, boasting stunning views of the coastline, then this is the mode of transport for you.

You can reach Cornwall from almost every major UK city, and popular train lines when travelling to Cornwall include the Great Western Railway, Night Riviera Sleeper Service to Penzance and CrossCountry trains. This means you can enjoy Cornwall travel from all around the UK.

For more information about this type of travel, explore our guide to travelling to Cornwall by train.

Search and book trains across the UK at Trainline.

How to get to Cornwall by road

Travel to Cornwall by car

If you’re travelling to Cornwall by car from the North of England take the M6, then the M5 to Exeter and finally the A30 or the A38 A38, depending on whether you’re heading to South West or South East Cornwall.

To plan your journey we recommend using the AA Route Planner

For more information and/or to check for possible delays visit:

Travel to Cornwall by coach

If you’re wondering how to get to Cornwall by road but do not wish to drive, we recommend booking a seat on a National Express coach to Newquay. This route begins at London Victoria Coach Station, then travels along the M5, stopping at eight stops in Devon along the way, such as Exeter’s and Plymouth’s coach stations.

The journey distance is approximately 449 km, taking just over seven hours. You can take two different coaches to reach your Cornwall destination; choose between the 406, which travels once per day and the 504, which travels two times per day.

If you’re travelling to Cornwall for a large get-together or event, the National Express also offers private coach hire. Ideal for special occasions and events!

Travelling to Cornwall by plane

You are able to fly to Cornwall from airports around the UK, Ireland, and beyond. Cornwall Airport Newquay is the main commercial airport for the region and provides a suitable, and sometimes quicker, alternative to travelling by train and car.

For more information and/or to check flight times and prices explore our guide to Newquay Airport.

How far is Cornwall from you?

Explore this handy map, which features some of the locations in our Places to Stay in Cornwall Guide. By using the map, not only can you find out how far away the major holiday locations in Cornwall are from you, but you can plan your journey seamlessly!

Once you’ve finished travelling to Cornwall and you’re settled into your fabulous Sykes accommodation, find inspiration for your trip with our Cornwall Travel Guide.

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