Carbis Bay with train in foreground - photo: Mark Lynam

Carbis Bay

St Ives Bay Line

One of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, Carbis Bay has very little parking so the best way to visit is by train, getting off at Carbis Bay station.

How to visit by train

The beach is a steep walk down from the station but there is usually plenty of space, soft white sands, turquoise waters and a café (eat-in or takeaway) on site.

If you don’t fancy the steep climb, then you can always take the train all the way to St Ives and walk to Carbis Bay along the South West Coast Path. The walk should take about 25 minutes (get directions) but the views out over the coast are spectacular.

Coming by train

Carbis Bay station is on the St Ives Bay Line.

The line begins at St Erth Park & Ride on the Cornish main line.

35 minutes from Penzance
55 minutes from Truro

The beach is a short but very steep walk down the hill from the station.

Buying Tickets to Carbis Bay

St Ives Bay Line Ranger



Travel the line as much as you like for one day. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.

Great fares from further afield




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

35 min

Approximate journey time




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

55 min

Approximate journey time


St Ives Bay Line

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