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Getting to Cornwall by public transport

By train:
Cornwall's geographic location and popularity as a holiday destination make it a major terminus for rail services. The principal mainline railway station for Cornwall is Penzance (most trains also stop at Truro), with numerous other mainline services terminating just across the county line in Plymouth (where you can make numerous onward connections into Cornwall), as well as some services to St Ives. In Summer, there are also various direct mainline trains to Newquay.

First Great Western runs services on the Cornish Mainline, which links numerous stations in Cornwall with Plymouth and services coming from across the South and South West (including Bristol for connections from South Wales) as far as London Paddington. Services from London include the Night Riviera overnight sleeper service.

From the rest of the country, Cross Country Trains link major destinations such as Birmingham (New Street), Manchester (Piccadilly), Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, and Edinburgh via direct trains to Plymouth and Penzance; connections from branch lines across the country can be made to these services.

By bus or coach:
National Express offer services from various towns and cities across the UK to Cornwall (and Plymouth), including six daily services from London (Victoria). There are also Megabus services from London, Exeter, and Plymouth to Newquay, Penzance, and Redruth.

Getting around Cornwall by public transport

By train:
The Cornish mainline cuts through the heart of the county, linking Plymouth (across the border in Devon, with good transport connections from the rest of the country) to major centres such as Bodmin, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, and Penzance. Branch lines link from and to the mainline to Looe, Falmouth, Newquay, and St Ives.

By bus:
The bus is likely to be your main method of transport in Cornwall: the length and breadth of the county are criss-crossed by an extensive network of services. The two main operators are First Devon and Cornwall, and Western Greyhound.

You can access a full bus route map of Cornwall from the county council's transport website. The website, Cornwallpublictransport.info, is a fantastic resource, with a full route timetable and frequency list, a list of bus routes for visitor attractions and destinations in Cornwall, and a list of attractions offering discounts for visitors arriving by public transport.

Ride Cornwall tickets:
Both First and Greyhound, and Cornwall's two mainline train operators, First Great Western and Cross Country, have teamed together to offer 'Ride Cornwall' tickets offering unlimited travel for a day on all their services in the county, for £10 per person, with child and family discounts: transport intergrated and smoothly from Land's End to the Devon border.

>> Cornwall is also great cycling country: way-marked trails are complemented by miles of quiet country lanes, all amidst some of the UK's loveliest scenery, making travel by bike a wonderful option for getting around. Find out more on Greentraveller's Guide to Cycling in Cornwall