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The train journey to St Ives has to be one of the most scenic in Britain. The sweeping coastline with the glistening golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay calm visitors minutes before arriving in front of St Ives’ own beach.

At the time of the station’s opening in 1877, St Ives’ fishing industry was in steep decline. Rail arrived just in time, opening this beautiful town up to the outside world. Artists, eager to use the quality of light and enjoy the tropical-style climate, clambered aboard carriages destined for the Cornish town, and St Ives quickly became a British art institution. Today, The Tate St Ives serves up the works of British Modernism greats, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.

Sleepy coastal town in winter and bustling tourist hotspot the rest of the year, St Ives lulls visitors with its tranquil atmosphere of the town centre’s cobbled streets, a short walk down the hill from the station.

Station details & facilities

Trains to St Ives station

St Ives train station is mainly served by GWR trains, which connect St Erth to St Ives in just 10m and Penzance to St Ives in 20m.

Need more information on how to get to St Ives by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Cornwall.

How to get from St Ives station to the beach

The nearest beach to St Ives train station is Porthminster Beach, which is only a 9-minute walk away. Enjoy golden sand framed by a glittering bay and glorious views across to Godrevy Lighthouse – did you know it inspired Virginia Woolf’s famous novel ‘To the Lighthouse’?

St Ives train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to St Ives station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from St Ives railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into St Ives.

St Ives train station comprises a single platform with step-free access in the form of ramps. There are three shelters spread out along the platform and cycle racks outside the station.

St Ives train station parking

St Ives train station doesn't have its own car park. However, a large council car park, which is adjacent to the platform, is available to use.

Hotels near St Ives train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is St Ives station open?

St Ives station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from St Ives station?

Trains arrive into and depart from St Ives station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from St Ives.

Are there toilets at St Ives station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at St Ives station.

Are dogs allowed at St Ives station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at St Ives station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

How do I get from St Ives station to the beach?

The nearest beach to St Ives train station is Porthminster Beach, which is only a 9-minute walk away.

Departures and arrivals from St Ives (Cornwall)

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into St Ives (Cornwall) station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to St ErthGreat Western Railway20:341On time
to St ErthGreat Western Railway21:051On time
to St ErthGreat Western Railway21:371On time
to PenzanceGreat Western Railway22:481On time
to St ErthGreat Western Railway07:321Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from St ErthGreat Western Railway21:011On time
from St ErthGreat Western Railway21:301On time
from St ErthGreat Western Railway22:321On time
from PenzanceGreat Western Railway07:181Scheduled
from St ErthGreat Western Railway08:031Scheduled
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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