The major airport in Cornwall is
in Newquay (NQY), which is also more or less centrally located
within the Duchy. The airport is
well regarded and currently offers direct flights to
22 destinations in England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe.
As an alternative, you could consider flying to
slightly larger Exeter Airport, which has service to/from
more destinations, but is some distance to the west of
Cornwall, in the middle of Devon, the next county 'over'
If you are already in the London area in particular,
you would probably drive or take a train. Due to the
short distances involved, it really only makes sense to
fly to Cornwall if you are starting your travels from
further away than London.
Train service runs
on a single main line from Exeter, southwest to
Penzance, with branches off to the north and south.
The main operator is the Great Western Railway franchise,
with service offered on the main line by CrossCountry,
Great Western trains leave from London's Paddington
station. South West Trains also provide service from
Waterloo to Exeter where you'd then change to a
CrossCountry or Great Western train for the rest of the
Great Western also operate night sleeper trains,
leaving Paddington shortly before midnight and arriving at
Penzance just before 8am. The train from Penzance to
London leaves just before 10pm and arrives at 5.30am but
you can stay on the train until 7am.
If you are traveling from destinations north of London,
it is probably possible to avoid the tiresome process of
traveling to London, changing train station in London,
then traveling out again. York and Birmingham are
useful stations to change to CrossCountry trains.
If you are driving, you'll not have any motorways
(freeways) to speed you on your journey. The M5 ends
in Exeter. The main road from Exeter and almost all
the way to Land's End is the A30, which for most of the
way is a regular one lane in each direction highway,
occasionally breaking into dual carriageway for short
As well as the A30 which goes more or less down the
middle, there are other minor roads that are at times
close to both the north and south coasts, and well worth
making the extra effort to drive on.
Travel Times To/From Penzance
To give you a perspective of total travel time,
here's a list of other places and the travel distance/time
between there and Penzance, for driving in a car.
(Trains from London to Penzance take anywhere between 5
and 7 hours.)
This list ignores the time you spend sightseeing along
the way and any extra distance caused by detouring off the