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How to get to Falmouth

Posted: 23 December 2013

How to get to Falmouth

Our studio in the beautiful coastal resort of Falmouth opened in March 2014, here's some detailed information about how to get there. Please also look at this guide on the Falmouth University website, which covers travelling from more locations than our list does.

HOW TO GET TO FALMOUTH....

BY CAR
Come down the M5 and change onto the A30 at Exeter. Turn off the A30 onto the A39 at Fraddon sign-posted Truro, then follow the A39 all the way through Truro and follow the signs to Falmouth.

BY TRAIN
First Great Western operate high speed services from London Paddington, South Wales and the Cotswolds to Cornwall, including sleeper services from London Paddington. Cross Country Trains (Arriva Trains) operate services into Cornwall from the Midlands, the North and Scotland.

You will need to change at Truro for the short trip to Falmouth Town.

Journey time from London Paddington to Truro is approximately 4 hours 40 minutes, and from Truro to Falmouth Town is 20 minutes for example. This costs in the region of £50 each way in total, but there are often cheaper deals available. Information at National Rail Enquiries.

BY COACH
National Express operates coach services to Falmouth from most major cities in the UK, and from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Coach travel is generally slower than rail travel but can be much cheaper. The National Express coach stop is on 'the Moor' in the centre of Falmouth, which is literally about 50 meters from Gorton Studio.

FROM THE AIRPORTS
Heathrow
1. By train: take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington (approximately £20 single and £34 return, trains every 15 minutes, journey time 15 minutes), or a Heathrow Connect service, then a Great Western train to Falmouth Town, see above information about travelling by train.
2. By air: travel to Gatwick Airport via train (roughly £20) or National Express Shuttle bus (£25 one way or £40 return), then fly to Newquay Cornwall Airport with flybe (approximately £80 for a return flight)
3. By coach: see above

Gatwick
1. By train: Catch a First Great Western train from Gatwick Airport to Falmouth Town (from £109.50 super off-peak return, 2 or 3 stops, journey time between 6 and 7 hours or there’s a sleeper service).
Or catch a Gatwick Express train to London Victoria (every 15 minutes, journey time 30 minutes, £17.70 single or £31.05 return), then the Circle Line Underground to Paddington and take the train to Falmouth Town, see information above about travelling by train. A third alternative is to take a Southern Trains service to Reading (from £27 return valid for 1 month) and travel on a First Great Western train from Reading to Falmouth Town.
2. By air: fly to Newquay Cornwall Airport with flybe (approximately £80 for a return flight)
3. By coach: see above

Stansted
1. By train: take the Stansted Express train to London Liverpool Street (£12 single, £24 return) then the Hammersmith & City line underground to Paddington. Travel on First Great Western to Falmouth Town, see train information at top of page.

2. By air: take a National Express coach to Gatwick (approximately every 2 hours,  journey time roughly 2 hours 45 minutes and fly to Newquay Cornwall Airport with flybe (approximately £80 return flight).

Or take the Stansted Express train to London Liverpool Street (£12 single, £24 return, journey time 47 minutes), transfer to London Victoria by bus, taxi or London Underground. At Victoria take the Gatwick Express train to Gatwick Airport (30 minutes). Both Stansted Express and Gatwick Express trains run every 15 minutes, then fly to Newquay Cornwall Airport with flybe (approximately £80 return flight).
3. By coach: see above

Bristol
By car: There are 6 car hire companies operating from the airport. Driving to Falmouth get onto the M5 then the A30 and take the A3047 trunk road sign posted ‘Falmouth/Scorrier/United Downs’ and follow the signs to Falmouth. Total journey approximately 165 miles, journey time roughly 3 hours.
By train: Take the Airport Flyer Express link bus to Bristol Temple Meads Station (journey time approximately 30 minutes, services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, departing up to every 8 minutes at peak times, £7 single, £11 return), or go by taxi, then take a First Great Western train to Falmouth Town (around £70.50 off peak return, 2 changes, average journey time of 4 hours.)
3. By coach: see above

Newquay Cornwall Airport
The Airport is on the North Cornish coast by Watergate Bay, 5 miles outside the town centre.
If you need transport to Falmouth from Newquay Cornwall Airport, buses and trains are not efficient for this journey, however we are including the details below in case you should need to use them:

1. By car: there are three car hire companies based at the airport. Driving to Falmouth takes roughly 45 minutes – get onto the A30 for the majority of the journey, then take the A3047 trunk road sign posted ‘Falmouth/Scorrier/United Downs’ and follow the signs to Falmouth.
2. By bus & train: we don't advise this, but it is cost-effective: Western Greyhound 556 to Newquay town (5 miles), or by taxi (approximately £15) then the 585 or 586 from Newquay to Truro (50 minutes), then walk to Truro train station (15 mins) Truro to Falmouth Town on a First Great Western train (see above details about travelling by train).
3. By train:  we don't advise this either, but again it's cost-effective: take the bus or taxi to Newquay as above, then a First Great Western train from Newquay to Par, then change to go from Par to Truro, then change to go from Truro to Falmouth Town (fares between £6 and £8 but it does take around 2 hours).
4. By taxi: taxis operate from the airport and are available when you land. Advanced booking with Biotravel is advisable although not essential. The journey to Falmouth costs about £55.

ON FOOT IN FALMOUTH
The shopping street that leads down into the town is called High Street. At the bottom of this hill coming into the town take the second right (just past Prince of Wales Pier on the left: TR11 3DF), which will take you up to Killigrew Street. Keep to the left hand side and walk up the hill; Gorton Studio Falmouth is almost at the top of the long row of shops and cafes on that side of the road in numbers 59 - 61, which are next door to each other.

PARKING
There is a long-stay pay and display car park in the town only a few minutes’ walk from the Studio: Town Quarry, Falmouth: TR11 3B. Day tickets from machine - all coins 5p to £2. No change.
The other long stay pay and display car park is about 15/20 minutes’ walk to the Studio:
The Dell, Falmouth: TR11 3HP. Day tickets machine - all coins 5p to £2. No change.
There are many short-stay (maximum 3 hours) car parks in the town, listed here
Further parking information available from Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 222 or email 
There is also a ‘Park & Float’ scheme available between June and September.