Great Western Railway run regular direct trains between London Paddington and Cornwall. Alight at St Erth and join the branch line through to St Ives. The Night Riviera sleeper service (operated by Great Western Railway) also provides overnight travel to/from London. If travelling from the North or Midlands services, there are a couple of direct trains to St Erth (operated by CrossCountry Trains).
Sunday 10 September 2023 – Engineering work in Cornwall will mean buses replace trains between Plymouth and St Erth. Trains continue to run between Penzance and St Erth, including the branch line between St Erth and St Ives.
For train time information and to buy tickets from any station in the UK, visit www.GWR.com
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National Express operate a long distance scheduled coach service to St Ives.
Newquay Airport, approximately 45 minutes drive from St Ives, can be reached on direct flights from various airports in the UK and mainland Europe. Schedules and destinations will be changing as Covid regulations continue to be eased. Exeter airport is two hours drive from St Ives and Bristol Airport is three hours away.
There are regular bus services from most destinations in West Cornwall to St Ives. Bus services 14, 17, 16 all arrive in St Ives. From Penzance take No 17, Truro No 14 and Hayle no 14.
Leave the M5 motorway souts of Junction 31 at Exeter and join the A30. The journey to St Ives will take approximately two hours. Continue on the A30 bypassing Hayle, take the second exit at the next roundabout and go straight on at the first mini-roundabout following the signposts.
Park & Ride
You can use the Park and Ride facilities at St Erth Train station.
St Ives has many car parks with availability in September.
A1 Cars and Ace Cars have offices in St Ives. There is a taxi rank between the Western Hotel and Royal Cinema.
Festival main venues
St Ives Guildhall, Street-an-Pol TR26 2NE. Western Hotel, Gabriel Street TR26 2LU . St Ives Arts Club, Westcotts Quay TR26 2DY . St Ives Theatre, Lower Stennack TR26 1QG
Long-term car parking
Barnoon Long Stay, St Ives, TR26 1JF (This car park has some spaces for reserved permit holders only)
Island, St Ives, TR26 1SY
Park Avenue, St Ives, TR26 1QE
Porthrepta, Carbis Bay, TR26 2NZ
Smeatons Pier, St Ives, TR26 1PS
Station, St Ives, TR26 2BH (This car park has some spaces for reserved permit holders only)
Trenwith, St Ives, TR26 1DD
St Ives Rugby Club, Alexandra Road TR26 1ER £6 per day with a £1 return daytime bus shuttle
Short-term car parking
Porthmeor, St Ives, TR26 1JU
Sloop, St Ives, TR26 1LT (After 6pm this car park can be used for long stay parking)