How To Get To Devon and Cornwall

You Can Get to Devon and Cornwall Easily by Air, Rail, Car or Coach:

Follow Me on Pinterest Devon and Cornwall both have excellent transport links so getting here from anywhere within the UK is quite easy by air, road, rail or coach.  Several European destinations also have regular flight links to Devon and Cornwall, flying into one of the three airports.

By Air

How to get to Devon by air

Flights to Devon arrive at Exeter or Plymouth airport.

Exeter International Airport – There are numerous flights to Exeter from many UK airports including Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle (unfortunately, as of March 2014, there are no direct flights from Exeter to Newcastle), Norwich and the Channel Islands.

There are also many international flights that arrive at Exeter from destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Geneva, Salzburg, etc.   Bus services operate from Exeter Airport to the city centre and Exmouth.

Plymouth City Airport receives flights from London Gatwick, London City, Manchester, Leeds/Bradford, Glasgow and many other destinations.  From Plymouth there are frequent bus services to the city centre and Tavistock. Note, these buses generally do not allow you to take heavy or bulky luggage on board and the alternative is to take a taxi.

How to get to Cornwall by air

Newquay Cornwall Airport is one of the fastest growing regional airports in the UK.   Air Southwest, Cornwall’s very own low-fare airline offers frequent services to and from Newquay Cornwall Airport.

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  • From London Gatwick – There are up to four daily flights to Newquay
  • From Bristol, Manchester and Leeds Bradford – There are two flights a day to Newquay.
  • From Glasgow, Newcastle, Dublin, Cork and Grenoble – Daily flights

Other carriers that fly to Cornwall include BmiBaby, Flybe, Jet2 and Skybus.

By Bus

National Express runs long distance coach services from various parts of the UK to many destinations in South Devon coast including Brixham, Budleigh, Salterton, Dawlish, Exmouth, Paignton, Plymouth, Starcross, Teignmouth and Torquay.

National Express also provides services to Cornwall, travelling to St. Austell, Truro, Newquay, Falmouth, St Ives and Penzance.Tickets can be booked on-line.

By Rail

Devon and Cornwall enjoy good rail links – see for more information .  First Great Western serves this region from London Paddington Station, South Wales and the Cotswold.  South West Trains also serve the Devon region on the Waterloo line.  The First Group co-ordinates bus links from the stations.

Visitors from Europe can travel on the Eurostar to St. Pancras Station and then from Paddington Station, First Great Western runs services to the West Country.

By Sea

Brittany Ferries run ferry services from Roscoff, St Malo and Cherbourg in France and Santander in Spain to Plymouth.

By Car

If you’re intending to drive to Devon or Cornwall, you can use the AA Route Planner or the RAC Route Planner to plan your journey.

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    • avatar says

      Hi Phil,
      Thank you for updating us on the cancellation of the Exeter to Newcastle direct flights as of March 2014. I presume you’ve been affected by this so our commiseration. On the other hand, this might mean that you’ll just need to build in a short holiday in Paris each time you need to make that trip: Exeter-CDG-Newcastle!
      Thanks again for your update.
      Best wishes,

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