St Erth to St Ives by train

St Erth Park & Ride

St Ives Bay Line

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 St Erth 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:

St Erth station south car park
Park at St Erth station (TR27 6JW)
St Erth station south car park
£4.10 (Mon-Fri)
£2.90 (Sat-Sun)
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 APCOA who run the car park. The old Park & Ride at Lelant Saltings is now closed.

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Buy your train ticket
Please buy your ticket before you board the train. Purchase on the GWR app, website, or at St Erth station ticket office or ticket machine. Fares to St Ives:

Day Return:
£4 adult | £2 child (5-15) | Under 5s free

Group Day Return:
£8 (4 adults) - buy at ticket office

Family Day Return
£10 (2 adults, up to 3 kids) - buy at ticket office
Fares shown allow you to travel the branch line for the whole day.

Train departing St Ives - photo: Mark Lynam
Take the train to St Ives
St Ives Bay Line
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.
You can also download a PDF timetable.
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

Buying Tickets to St Erth Park & Ride

St Ives Bay Line Ranger ticket



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

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St Ives Bay Line

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