Down in Cornwall, we’re pretty lucky with our transport. If you fancied a day out in the car, there’s plenty of gems tucked down country lanes, and a large variety of routes to enjoy. However, for those who can’t or just don’t want to drive, we’ve got plenty of options for you. Open-top scenic bus tours operate throughout the county, and take you to landmarks such as the Minack or Lands End, along with coach parties and even sea-faring voyages.

But if you fancied something different, Cornwall offers a wide variety of train routes to take advantage off. In this post, I’ll be listing my Top 5 Scenic Train Journeys.

Perfect for those Easter/half term days out, get yourself and the family exploring Cornwall this week.

1:St Erth-St Ives

(£3.00pp for one-way)

Enjoy the spectacular view of miles of golden sea and crystal blue seas unveil themselves as you venture onto St. Ives from St. Erth. Wizzing past Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay, this journey to the bustling tourist destination is speedy and perfect for a day out. Why not treat yourself to a cup of tea whilst you wait at the St. Erth cafe, or wait to enjoy ice-cream in St. Ives? Remember, watch out for those pesky seagulls!


Image credit – Mark Lynam

2: Truro-Falmouth Docks

(£4.20pp for one-way)

As Cornwall’s only city, Truro receives a lot of attention for the variety of shops and culture it supplies. However, Falmouth is a busy student town that offers a fascinating maritime history, as well as being host to a beautiful marina and museum. This branch-line is also perfect for exploring all around the area.

Image credit - Mark Lynam

Image credit – Mark Lynam

3: Penzance-Exeter St. Davids

(£20.40 pp for one-way)

Want a day of serious shopping and to see what Devon has got to offer?  Jump on the train at Penzance and relax back for a few hours whilst we travel along the high-speed service to Exeter St Davids. During the journey, you’ll be treated to the sight of Plymouth from the Brunel Bridge and then the stretch of coastline between Dawlish and Exeter, where the railway hugs the coastline and offers unspoilt views of the sea.

Image credit - Great Western Railway

Image credit – Great Western Railway

4: Looe-Lizkeard

(£4.20pp for one-way)

With views of woodland opening up onto the estuary, this half hour journey offers any birdwatchers the chance to spot rare finds along with river. Perfect for nature lovers and families alike.

Image credit - Mark Lynam

Image credit – Mark Lynam

5: Par-Newquay

(£4.70pp for one-way)

Want to cut out the traffic jams and expensive parking? Get on the train at Par and get into Newquay in style. After travelling through the beautiful Luxulyan Valley and across the wild Goss Moor, this train journey is breeze in the park.


Image credit – Mark Lynam

So here are my favourite train journey across and through Cornwall. They provide an alternative way to travel through the county, and completely cut out any parking hassle. But what are your favourite journeys? Tweet us or send us a message via facebook.

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Another handy website built for fans that enjoy travelling around Cornwall and Devon via trains. Station information, route times and timetables are available to download here.

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