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How To Reach St Ives
Popular for its surf beaches and its artistic marvels, the picturesque St. Ives is a seaside town, fishing port and civil community, considered an astounding jewel in Cornwall’s coronet. Located to the Camborne’s West and North of Penzance, by the coastline of Celtic Sea, St. Ives is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestoned lanes, fishermen cottages and independent shops, in addition to a variety of bed & breakfast lodgings, self-serviced apartments and cottages, with a mix of award-winning eateries, cafés and bars in the Southwest region. Already dreaming of a holiday here? Here's how to reach St. Ives.
The nearest airports to St. Ives are Land’s End and Newguay close to St Just, while the reserved jets, helicopters and commissioned flights operate from the Perranporth Airfield. One of the cheapest ways to get to St. Ives is to fly and then board a train at an estimated fare of INR 27,000-85,000 with a travel time of 18hrs and 50mins. From New Delhi, there’s a Virgin Atlantic flight to London Heathrow Airport, with an overnight layover (13hrs and 40mins) and then an onward flight to Cornwall Airport Newquay with Flybe. The flight duration on the India-St.Ives route is roughly 25hours plus.
However, the fastest way to reach St. Ives is to fly to Newquay Airport, which takes about 11hrs and 40mins at an estimated fare of INR 36,000-1,10,000, and then make the onward journey by bus to St. Ives.
If you take a flight from New Delhi to London Heathrow, it’s a travel time of 9hrs and 30mins approx. On arrival at LHR Airport, a train leaves every 20 minutes from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 for London Paddington Station at an estimated fare of INR 500-2,800. From London Paddington, there’s a train that leaves for St Erth every 3 hours at an estimated fare of INR 11,000-22,000 and takes roughly 5 hours. On arrival at St Erth, you can then board a train for St. Ives at a price of INR 160-290.
Should you fly to Bristol International Airport from New Delhi, then on arrival at Bristol International, you take a bus to Bristol Temple Meads, then a train from there to Plymouth-St Erth, finally arriving at St. Ives. The total travel time from for this alternative is roughly 21hrs.
On arrival at the Newquay Airport, a bus leaves for the Newquay Bus Station from St Mawgan - Newquay Airport, every 2 hours and the travel time is 28mins. From Newquay Bus Station, there’s a night bus daily to St Erth, with a travel time of 56mins at an estimated fare of INR 900-1,200.
From St Erth, there’s a train every hour to St. Ives, Cornwall which takes barely 10 minutes and costs INR 160-290.
A good number of visitors to Cornwall drive around themselves, and although it is very convenient, during the holiday season, the traffic tends to stretch the travel time, making it difficult to enjoy your visit. Carshare Cornwall is a free service that can be used to get a lift, meet people and make friends, go easy on the travel costs and save yourself from the unnecessary jams! You can also make use of the park and ride offers. Another way of making the most of your visit is to explore the town on a bicycle, through the rugged coastline and the tranquil country lanes. Most of Cornwall’s coastal cities are connected to the main railway line, in addition to the extensive bus network, operated by Cornwall, Western Greyhound, and First Devon.