Miles of sandy dunes, weathered cliffs, and historical harbours overlooking picturesque blue seas – an accurate description of Spain maybe, perhaps Greece or Italy? No, it’s our very own Cornwall! With this Great British gem just waiting to be discovered, make this the year you shun the 4 am flight times and lost-passport panic attacks for a leisurely ride on a train to Cornwall and a UK staycation on the south coast. Whether you’re an intrepid explorer or someone who doesn’t mind treading the beaten path (after all, a classic Cornish cream tea never hurt anyone) you’re bound to find great things to do in Cornwall – and plenty of UK train routes make it easy to reach even on a budget. Four scenic railway lines connect the county from north to south: The St Ives Bay Line, The Looe Valley Line, The Maritime Line and The Atlantic Coast Line, and you can book tickets for all of them right here.
If you’re jumping on a train to Penzance to live it up on the beach, why not Hop off at St. Austell train station and enjoy discount entry to The Eden Project as a thank you for using public transport. These spectacular ‘biomes’ are home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Alternatively, you can visit Cape Cornwall (close to both Penzance and St. Ives train station) for a chance at spotting dolphins, seals and maybe even sharks! Don’t forget – there’s also GWR’s Night Riviera service, for sleeper trips to Cornwall. You can buy overnight train tickets on our Advanced Search page – simply search for a train from London to Cornwall departing from 23:00 onwards.
No matter where your journey starts, travelling by train to Cornwall is one of the most scenic ways to reach this stunning county. Trains from London leave Paddington daily, calling at stations including Reading, Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St. David’s along the way. You can also travel by train to Cornwall from the north of England, with only one change normally needed at St. Erth (if travelling from Leeds, Birmingham and Sheffield to St. Ives).
Cornwall train times, journey information and train ticket prices can be found here using our Journey Planner. Read on for our top tips on getting cheap train tickets to Cornwall!
The most popular route for trains to Cornwall and the south-west is Paddington to Newquay, which is served by Great Western Railway (GWR). The route on average takes a little under five hours, so you’ll have lots of time to kick back and travel in comfort while enjoying the views. GWR trains leave London every two hours and provide plenty of onboard facilities for a pleasant journey. Power sockets and free WiFi are provided on most trains, giving you the chance to continue working or watch shows and movies while en route to your destination.
Getting the cheapest train tickets to Cornwall doesn’t need to be a struggle. At Trainline, we make it easy. Read on for our handy top tips for saving money on your rail journeys.
If you haven’t got one already, then we’d recommend picking up a National Railcard, especially if you’re going to take more than a few train journeys per year. You can buy one for around £30, and it’ll last the whole year, allowing you to save 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*. So, after a few trips, they’re definitely great-value. To buy one for yourself or to see all the different types available, head over to our Railcards page.
When booking your actual ticket to Cornwall, make sure you’re doing it well in advance. In most cases, the earlier you buy these tickets, the cheaper they’ll be. Advance train tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks ahead of the departure date, so if you’re heading down to the coast for a long weekend away, make sure to look out for the ‘’Advance ticket’’ type when searching for train tickets with us. You can also take the guesswork out of it by signing up to our Ticket Alerts service. Simply sign up with your email address and let us know which route you’ll need tickets for. As soon as they become available, we’ll ping you a quick alert message. Easy!
Want to learn more? Visit our Advance train tickets page for a complete guide.
Another tip to remember when booking your tickets online is to avoid travelling at peak times (if at all possible). Booking an Off-Peak train ticket is a great way to increase your chances of securing the cheapest train tickets to Cornwall. Usually, you’ll be golden if you book your ticket for between 10:30 and 15:00.
For more info, head over to our Off-Peak train tickets page.
Our final tip is for those travelling in groups of three to nine people. If you’re planning on going to Cornwall with some friends, then you could make use of the 34% discount applied to Off-Peak services thanks to GroupSave, a type of discount that doesn’t require you to purchase a Railcard (but which does appear in the Railcard dropdown when making a booking). However, please bear in mind that GroupSave isn’t applicable for all journeys by the different train companies and will automatically be applied if valid for your journey and selected in the Railcard dropdown. All tickets must be purchased in a single booking, and all passengers must travel together on the day of departure.
Want more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.
*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.
There are a few main stations that trains to Cornwall arrive into and depart from. Newquay, Penzance, Truro, Falmouth and St Ives are some of the biggest stations in Cornwall, so depending on where you’re travelling from you’re likely to arrive into one of these stations.
There are a number of trains companies in the UK that operate trains to Cornwall, including Great Western Railway and the Night Riveria (sleeper train).
It’s easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Cornwall. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.
Trains run frequently almost every day to Cornwall, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Cornwall.
Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Cornwall, these include:
Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too.