Newquay is a coastal town with some of the best beaches in the UK.

How to visit by train

Newquay station is right in the heart of the town, so you can hop off the train ready to explore the shops or the many beautiful beaches within walking distance.

House above Towan Beach
Fistral Beach, Newquay in winter
Headland Hotel
Newquay harbour

Great Western Beach

The nearest to the station is Great Western Beach, just five minutes’ walk from the train (see Google Map). It has some nice little secluded coves and is dog friendly all year round.

There is a steep walk down to the beach, which is best visited at low tide when it joins with nearby Towan Beach to create a large expanse of golden sand.

Great Western Beach, Newquay

Towan beach

Towan beach is ideal for families as it has smaller waves, plenty of little rockpools and is right next to the Blue Reef Aquarium which is a fascinating attraction for all ages. It is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the station (see Google Map).

Towan Beach, Newquay

Fistral beach

Fistral beach is a slightly longer walk (1.4 miles from the station – see Google Map) but is well worth a visit and is a world-famous surfing beach.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Hit the shops

As well as beaches, Newquay also has a great shopping scene where surf shops and boutiques mix with independent shops and cafes.

Newquay shop

Coming by train

Newquay station is on the Atlantic Coast Line. To visit from Plymouth, Truro or elsewhere on the main line, change at Par.

52 min from Par
1hr 30 approx. from Truro
(change at Par)
2hr approx. from Plymouth
(change at Par)

Newquay station is handily located in the town centre. Beaches are within easy walking distance (see above).

Buying Tickets to Newquay

Par to Newquay



Off-Peak Day Return. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.

Great fares from further afield




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1hr 30

Approximate journey time




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1hr 55

Approximate journey time


Atlantic Coast Line

More Destinations

  • Carmears Wheel Pit


    Luxulyan village is the gateway to the Luxulyan Valley, a lush, tranquil area today but once a hive of industrial activity. You can explore the valley on foot easily from the station and walk the stunning Treffry Viaduct as well as discovering all about its place in Cornwall’s rich mining heritage.

  • Par Sands


    Par is the station on the mainline where you need to change to access the Atlantic Coast Line to Newquay. Par itself is an old fishing port. Visit the village to explore its small shops, cafes and pubs. Par Sands beach is approx. 20 minutes’ walk from the station and includes a section of the South West Coast Path.