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Getting to St Ives

By Car

Leave the M5 motorway just after Exeter at Junction 31 and join the A30. The journey to St Ives will take approximately 2 hours. Continue on the A30 bypassing Hayle, take the second exit at the next roundabout and go straight on at the first mini-roundabout. If you want to drive into town, turn left at the second mini roundabout, following the signposts. During the summer holidays it is recommended to use the Park & Ride Train Service (signposted)

We have a helpful guide on car parking for the St Ives area as we know how difficult it can be.

Roadworks on the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake

Work began in March to dual the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake in Cornwall and is expected to take 22 months, with the new road open to the public in early 2017.

Significant traffic management measures have been introduced from this week and include:

- Overnight closures of the A30 to prepare the road for traffic management, install average speed cameras etc. These will initially be between 8.00pm and 6.00am the following morning on the nights of Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July (incl.) and Monday 6 July. The diversion route will be via the A395/A39 through Camelford. 

- A 40 mph speed limit, enforced by Average Speed Cameras. This is because drivers will have to negotiate narrow driving lanes and there will be operatives working close by.

- A general ban on right turn or carriageway crossing movements to and from side roads. This will avoid stoppage and thus maintain a smooth flow of traffic on the trunk road.

- A cycling ban for the duration of the works, with a clearly signed diversion route provided. With the narrow driving lanes there would be a significant safety hazard for cyclists who would also impede the flow of traffic.

- Times to avoid this section of the A30 in the summer months if possible:

Westbound: Saturdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Eastbound: Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Avoidance can be achieved by adjusting travel times to suit, or by using the A38 or A39 roads.

For further information on the works please visit the Highways England website

By Coach

Long distance scheduled coach services within the county and beyond are operated as commericial concerns by National Express. The town's bus station is at the Malakoff. National Express tickets are available from the Visit St Ives Information Centre.

By Rail

There are regular train services from London Paddington and if you don't want to miss a day of your well earned break then why not travel on the overnight riviera sleeper operated by First Great Western.  If you are travelling from the North or Midlands the main line services are operated by Cross Country Trains. If you requuire any additional information on train times and services then contact National Rail Enquiries.  The final leg of the train journey to St Ives will include a change at St Erth Station to join the picturesque coastal branch line.  The train leaves St Erth and stops at Lelant Saltings, Carbis Bay and St Ives.

Park and Ride - Train

For further information on the Park and Ride service.

By Air

Newquat Airport is approximately 50 minutes drive from St Ives.  Destinations include Stanstead, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh and others. 

Aeroplane service to Isles of Scilly (St Marys).  Flights are also available on the Isles of Scilly Skybus from Land's End.  For travel enquiries contact 0845 7105555 or visit


There is a taxi rank in St Ives, which is located in the town centre next to the Cinema. (Located on Dove Street).