Cornwall is closer than you think. We may look like we’re at the edge of the world on a map, but we’re actually less than five hours from London.
With fast roads, regular trains and daily flights, you can leave London and be by the sea in St Austell in no time. Here’s how you get to Cornwall from London.
Driving from London to Cornwall
It’s a simple drive to Cornwall from London with a journey time of about five hours (outside peak times). The quickest way is M4, M5 and A30 or A38. There are plenty of service stations en route, as well as easy diversions to nice little villages.
If you’re travelling during school holidays, the journey can take longer. Breaking your journey with an overnight stop in Somerset or Devon can reduce the stress and extend your holiday.
A word here before you set off. You and your satnav may have differences of opinion about what counts as a “road”. There are a fair few tricky, single-track lanes down here: never choose the “most direct route” option when exploring rural Cornwall…
Travel to Cornwall by Train
This really is a super-easy option. GWR operate a straight-through service from Paddington to Penzance. There are regular trains to Cornwall from London, and the route takes you along some stunning stretches of coastline. The journey to St Austell takes about four and a half hours; and with no changes, you can really relax.
If you like the romance of rail (and want to arrive nice and early), take the legendary Sleeper train. We love the Night Riviera, especially since the recent refurb of the rolling stock. Book a cabin if you’re after comfort, and there are sleeper lounges and showers at Paddington, Truro and Penzance.
Fly to Newquay Airport
During peak seasons, Flybe has four flights a day to Newquay Airport from Heathrow, and you can also fly from London Southend. The flight takes about 70 minutes, so is a far faster option than road or rail.
You’ll need to think about your transfers in advance. Newquay Airport really is in the middle of nowhere; and those expecting to stroll onto a train or a taxi rank are in for a surprise. As you’re likely to need a car during your Cornish holiday anyway, we’d recommend hiring a car at Newquay airport, and both Hertz and Europcar have branches at the airport. If you don’t need a car, Coastline Travel operate NQY’s only taxi service. You can pick one up on arrival, but there’s a discount if you pre-book.
Catch the National Express
National Express runs coaches to Cornwall from London. If you’re staying with us at The Cornwall, you can catch the National Express from London Victoria’s Coach Station, and be in St Austell around eight hours later.
Yes, this might be a slower option, but you really can grab a bargain with seats from about £20 per passenger. It’s also a short taxi ride from St Austell to The Cornwall.
So, you see, we’re not as far away as we might look on a map. This makes Cornwall an excellent option for a short break as well as for a longer holiday.
If you’d like to find out more about a short break or holiday at The Cornwall, please get in touch.