Forming a gateway to the Land’s End Peninsula, Penzance is one of the UK’s farthest-flung towns.
But that doesn’t mean getting here has to be a hassle. With excellent connections from major destinations, you can arrive by train, plane, car or coach.
Deep in the southwest, Penzance is remarkably easy to find. Just follow the motorway towards Exeter until you reach the A30. Stay on this road all the way to Penzance, which is clearly signposted as you get closer.
If you’re travelling from North Devon, you can take the alternative scenic route along the A39 Atlantic Highway until you reach the A30 at Chiverton Cross.
Penzance may be at the end of the line, but it’s a journey travellers have loved for generations. Hop on the train, settle back with a drink, and watch the changing countryside and coastline from your window.
- From London and the south: Trains run direct from London Paddington, passing through locations including Reading, Taunton and Exeter. If you’d rather sleep through, then take the Night Riviera Sleeper and wake up when you get here. For train times and fares, visit the GWR website.
- From Birmingham and the north: If you’re coming from ‘up north’, visit the Cross Country website to choose a departure point, plan your route and buy tickets online.
Fly from destinations across the UK to Cornwall Airport Newquay. Regular services run from London Gatwick and Manchester, with extra summer routes including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool. From the airport, it’s just under an hour to Penzance by taxi or hire car.
Arrive by boat in Penzance or nearby Newlyn, just along the coast. Penzance Harbour has an inner drying area and a wet basin available during high water (for more information, call the Harbour Office on 01736 366113). The port of Newlyn, best known for its fishing trade, also offers berths for visiting yachts and leisure craft (call 01736 362523).