Forget the hassle of driving into St Ives. Instead park at St Erth station, hop on the scenic
St Ives Bay Line and be in St Ives in under 15 minutes. How to visit by train
(You can also use the Park & Ride to visit Penzance on the main line.)
Get to St Erth by train on the Cornish main line (
see map) or park your car at the station:
Pay by coins, card or mobile phone
Tip: Arrive early during summer - it can get busy later in the day.
Open 24 hours | 500+ spaces across two car parks | Electric car charging
For parking queries, please contact
who run the car park. The old Park & Ride at Lelant Saltings is now closed.
Please buy your ticket before you board the train. If you can, please purchase on the
. Download your ticket to your mobile device or smart ticket where possible.
You can also buy tickets at the station ticket office or ticket machine. Fares to St Ives:
£4 adult | £2 child (5-15) | Under 5s free
£8 group (4 adults) | £10 Family (2 adults, up to 3 kids)
Fares shown are Off-Peak Day Returns (travel the branch line for the whole day).
Take the train to St Ives
Trains set off on the scenic 10-minute journey twice an hour during the day. The train runs 7 days a week, all year round.
Please wear a face covering (recommended by government) unless you are exempt. Get more advice on GWR's
Covid safety page
From Monday to Saturday trains run half-hourly during the day and hourly in the evening. Sundays similar but shorter operating hours.
Dogs are welcome
on the train.
Coming by train
St Erth station is on the Cornish main line.
St Erth is easily reached by train:
8 minutes from Penzance
30 minutes from Truro
St Ives Bay Line More Destinations
With its mild climate, beautiful beaches of soft white sand and a famous Mediterranean light that has attracted artists for centuries, St Ives is rightly considered one of Cornwall’s gems.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, Carbis Bay has very little parking so the best way to visit is by train. Get off at Carbis Bay station, just before St Ives.
There is a lovely walk on the South West Coast Path between the village of Lelant and St Ives station. As Lelant station has an infrequent service, we recommend you plan your trip carefully and take the train from St Ives to Lelant and then walk back.