Train on the St Ives Bay Line

St Ives Bay Line

St Erth (P&R) - St Ives

The train journey to St Ives is one of the most scenic in Britain.

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The train journey to St Ives is one of the most scenic in Britain.

Enjoy spectacular views as the line sweeps along the coast past the golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay before arriving in St Ives.

Then head for the beach, explore the harbour or wander the shops and art galleries.

Getting Here

The line starts at St Erth, the penultimate station on the main line between London Paddington and Penzance. If arriving by car, use the new Park & Ride at St Erth station (TR27 6JW).

(Note: the old Lelant Saltings P&R is now closed.)

Dogs are welcome on the train (but please note beach restrictions).

St Ives Bay Line train
St Ives Bay Line - photo: Mark Lynam
Father and daughter look across water to St Ives
Carbis Bay, which is served by its own station - photo: Mark Lynam
St Ives harbour panorama
Mother and daughter look in gallery window in St Ives
Family walk down to Porthminster Beach, St Ives
St Erth (P&R) - St IvesOff-Peak Day Return
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St Ives Bay Line

Featured Destinations

Explore the art galleries of

St Ives

St Ives Bay Line

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Arrive right at the beach

St Ives station is right next to the beautiful Porthminster beach (pictured) one of the town’s four beaches to explore.

Treat yourself at the beach’s award winning cafe restaurant.

From the station it is an 8-minute walk into town (step-free but steep in places) where you can explore the harbour, shops, galleries and top pubs and restaurants.

Family approaching Porthminster beach in St Ives


Art galleries

Artistic connections in St Ives date back to Victorian times when artists were attracted to the town for its special light. Explore the many artist’s studios scattered through the town or visit Tate St Ives.

Rail Ale Trail

Discover some great places to eat and drink along the line with the St Ives Bay Line Rail Ale Trail. Collect stamps and win a T-shirt!

Buying Tickets

St Erth to St Ives



Off-Peak Day Return. On the St Ives Bay Line, these tickets are valid all day, seven days a week. Elsewhere on the GWR network, Off-Peak Day Return tickets are typically valid for journeys after 09 30 Mon-Fri and any time on weekends or Bank Holidays.

If you can, please buy your ticket online on the GWR app or website. Download it to your mobile device or smart ticket where possible.

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