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Getting Around North Cornwall

North Cornwall has a good bus system. We know some who spend many days of their holiday making connections across the West – enjoying the benefits of bus travel. The idea of avoiding the car as much as possible can actually be quite attractive.


  • A walk along the coast, a bite to eat and perhaps a pint or glass of wine or two, then catch the bus back to your house.
  • Catch the bus to Padstow with the kids and be able to enjoy it with ample chance to chat!
  • It’s raining – you might want to go to Newquay – perhaps even to go to the Blue Reef aquarium. You could pile into your cars, queue into Newquay, go round and round trying to park ending up in different car parks. Make the journey part of the fun – all go on the bus together!
  • Bodmin Parkway railway station – coming or going – give the bus a go.
  • Newquay Airport – friends coming to join you, but the weather’s sunny and the surf is looking pretty nice! Why not suggest the bus?


The main route of interest is the 56, which runs from Padstow to Newquay – past most of Raintree’s beaches and also the Airport.

It runs via Windmill (at the top of Trevone) and then down to Harlyn and then to St Merryn. After St Merryn, it either goes inland to the St Merryn Holiday Village or, every 2nd bus, to Constantine Bay, outside the Stores and Des’ surfshop. From here you could also walk to Treyarnon. Then on to Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth, Newquay Airport and Newquay.

The other main route of interest is the Padstow to Wadebridge/Bodmin, the 11A. This goes to the train station at Bodmin Parkway.


11 – Padstow-Wadebridge, Bodmin and Liskeard

Or download the Plymouth Bus app to check times, buy tickets and find out where the bus is.

56 – Padstow to Newquay

Or download the GoCornwall app to check times, buy tickets and find out where the bus is.

For those who want to explore further afield, bus information for the whole of Cornwall can be found on the Transport for Cornwall website.

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