Getting to Falmouth

Aerial view of the River Fal looking towards Falmouth, Cornwall - credit CMN

Aerial view of the River Fal looking towards Falmouth, Cornwall - credit CMN

There are a variety of ways to reach Falmouth:

By Train into Cornwall
First Great Western
operate high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, including sleeper services from London Paddington. Cross Country Trains (Arriva Trains) operate services into Cornwall from the Midlands, the North and Scotland.

For further information contact National Rail Enquiries for train times/fare information on 08457 48 49 50.

The First Group
co-ordinate rail and bus services from stations.

The Maritime Line
When arriving by train, change at Truro and take the Maritime Line, a twice hourly rail service between Truro and Falmouth. Journey time is approximately 20 minutes.

By Coach
National Express
serves Falmouth from destinations throughout the UK. Connecting services to Cornwall are available from Bristol, Birmingham and London. To book call 08705 80 80 80.

By Road
The M4, M5 and M6 motorways have made travel to Cornwall simple and straightforward, while within Cornwall itself, the A30 and A38 continue to improve with fast dual carriageways. Follow the M5 to Exeter, and join the A30 to Truro, then follow the signs to Falmouth.

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 information on any possible delays or roadwork's throughout the UK or in Cornwall visit www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews.

By Air
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. Car hire is available at Newquay Cornwall Airport through Europcar and Hertz who have offices 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).

By Ferry
Taking the ferry to England has never been easier. There are many ferry companies that operate daily services to the UK from mainland Europe and Ireland and these terminals are within easy reach of the major motorways leading you down to Cornwall.

These include: Stena Line, P&O Ferries, Irish ferries  and  DFDS Seaways. Travelling across the Channel from France to the UK can take as little time as 35 minutes on the Eurotunnel. 

Plymouth is the closest port to Cornwall being just across the River Tamar. Brittany Ferries offer services from Roscoff and Santander into Plymouth.

And finally, if you are still not sure how to get to Cornwall, take a look at the Transport Direct 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.