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St Ives to Penzance Lands End Trail

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Getting to and from the Walking trail - St Ives and Penzance

If you ask us for a quote we will include public transport or parking information to suit your walking holiday and for those booking we advise and assist in helping you to work out and book the best travel options for your walk. With excellent train connections this is one of the easiest section of the South West Coast Path to walk without a car

South West Coast Path Walking Holidays Lands End arrival by trainTrain Arrival  - Fast direct trains run from London, The Midlands and the North to St Ives in Cornwall taking around 5 hours for the fastest trains from London. You change just before Penzance for a short but stunning 10 minute branch line train journey into St Ives arriving high above the cliffs and beaches by train. There is also an overnight sleeper service direct to Penzance.

Train Departure -  From Penzance station direct trains return to London and connect to other parts of the country.

Parking Information for the South West Coast Path St Ives Cornwall UKCar -  Long stay parking is available in the council run car parks in both St Ives and Penzance and we advise on the options with all our itineraries and quotes. We also have some accommodation options with unrestricted street parking outside in Penzance where you can leave your car for the duration of the walk.

Getting back to your car by public transport is easy and involves taking the train or bus from Penzance to St Ives - regular services take around 45 minutes - we can also advise on taxi or private transfers back to your car. Clearly the nicest way to return to your car is to walk using  The St Michaels Way option at the end of the South West Coast Path from Penzance back to St Ives. Returning on foot and only adding one extra days walking this gives you a full circular walk back to your car.

Lands End Way Walking Trail Public Transport Cornwall UK Information Coach Arrival -  National Express Coaches from London run to St Ives and Penzance with connections from other parts of the UK.

Coach Departure - National Express Coaches run from St Ives and Penzance to London with connections from other parts of the UK. Generally Coach travel is cheaper but much longer and less comfortable than the train service.

St Just, Pendeen, Zennor and Porthcurno are also served by local bus services that connect to the mainline trains should you wish to end your walk at a midway location. Ask for options.

Lands End and West Cornwall travel information for overseas walkersArriving from Overseas - Those arriving from overseas will usually arrive in the UK at London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport from where you can catch direct trains to Penzance or St Ives.  Those arriving at London Heathrow will usually take a 1/2 hour underground train / overland train service into London Paddington to catch the fast inter city trains to Devon and Cornwall.

Internal Flights - Newquay airport in North Cornwall allows access to the trails by train from Newquay Station to Penzance or St Ives.  Private transfers taking around one hour can also be arranged to and from the airport.

There are also regional airports at Exeter and Bristol that take international flights and connect by train to Penzance and St Ives.  These will be quicker than flying via London if you can find international flights arriving at these airports.

Remember do ask us for help, advice, timetables and options covering how to arrive and depart as quickly and cheaply as possible.

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