The best way to travel to Cornwall. Choose from trains, planes or automobiles
Travel to Cornwall by Plane
If time is the most important thing for you, then the quickest way to get to Cornwall is to fly to Newquay.
There are direct flights to Newquay from international destinations including Alicante in Spain and Düsseldorf in Germany.
If you are not arriving from one of those places, then the next option is to fly to London Heathrow (LHR).
There are several direct flights per day from London Heathrow (LHR) to Newquay (NQY). The flight takes just one hour.
Click here to go to the Newquay Airport website to get all the latest information about their flights.
When you arrive at Newquay Airport, we will meet you and take you to your accommodation or directly to the school.
Newquay is just 20 minutes from our school in the centre of Truro.
Travel to Cornwall by Train
Our favourite way to travel to Cornwall is by train. I know we are probably biased but we think it is one of the most beautiful and relaxing ways to travel to Cornwall.
There are several direct trains every day from central London (Paddington Station) and the journey takes around 4 1/2 hours.
If you arrive in the UK at London Heathrow, it is actually easier and quicker to take a shuttle bus to Reading station from the airport and join the train at Reading station. From Reading, it takes about 4 hours to get to Cornwall.
Click here to find out more about all the trains to Cornwall on the Great Western Railway website.
If you have the time to enjoy the journey and enjoy the experience, you will not regret it. We can book the train tickets for you so we know you will have a comfortable seat by the window (and on the right side of the train so you can enjoy the part of the journey when the train goes along the coast between Exeter and Plymouth).
Slow tourism is an important development in how we take our holidays now and this train journey provides a really perfect way for you to soak up the English atmosphere: enjoy a cup of tea looking out of the window watching the green hills of the English countryside pass by. Along the journey you will stop in various beautiful train stations all designed by the famous industrial architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
For the final part of the journey, you get to cross the Tamar Bridge - one of the world's first suspension bridges - and then you are in Cornwall winding through the lush countryside for the last hour of your journey.
We will be there to greet you off the train at Truro and take you directly to the school or your accommodation.
Arrive in Cornwall on the ferry
For those of you who wish to drive from your country there are various good options to arrive in the UK by ferry.
We welcome some of our school groups by coach. This can be a really cost effective way to travel to the UK from Europe. If you travel to Cornwall by coach, we can organise convenient and secure coach parking near the school.
There are lots of options to cross from Europe to the UK arriving in Dover, Folkestone or Harwich. It is then about a six hour drive to Cornwall.
However, if you are joining us from the north of France or the north of Spain you might like to consider the Brittany Ferries crossings from Roscoff and Santander. These ferries arrive in Plymouth and you are just one hour's drive from Language Tree in Truro.
Click here to find out more about Brittany Ferries and the different options for travelling to the UK by ferry with Brittany Ferries.
If you travel as foot passengers, we would be happy to come and meet you from the ferry in Plymouth and bring you to Cornwall.
If you travel with Brittany Ferries, we would strongly recommend booking a cabin to make the most of the crossing. It is such a wonderful way to travel, looking at the ocean out of your cabin window as you go to sleep.
Drive to Cornwall by car
Coming to Cornwall by car can be a really good way to give yourselves the freedom to explore all the remote parts of Cornwall when you are here.
If you are bringing a car to the UK from overseas, it will be important to ensure you have all the correct documentation and insurance for driving in the UK.
Click here for some useful information about the rules for driving in the UK from the UK government website.
It is also important to remember we drive on the 'wrong' side of the road here in the UK too and so it can feel strange driving a European car in the UK.
The other option is to hire a car in the UK. It is very easy to hire a car in the UK. You can pick up a car at the airport when you arrive or there are lots of hire options in Cornwall too. It is relatively easy to hire a small car for less than £50 per day. The RentalCars website is a good website to browse car hire options in the UK. However, there are many different car hire companies and so it is worth having a good browse online to find the best deal for your needs.
If you do have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We are always happy to chat through the different travel options with you so you can decide which option will be the best for you.
We provide airport transfers to Newquay, Exeter, Bristol, London Heathrow and London Gatwick. We will come and collect you in an executive car (or minibus for groups) and take you directly to your accommodation.
Call: +44 (0)7957 497937
We look forward to welcoming you to Cornwall one day soon!