It takes less than five hours to get from London to the heart of Cornwall by either train or car. Drive along the M4 motorway from London, or M6 from Manchester, and then the M5 to Exeter and finally either the A30, that is mostly dual carriageway, or the A38 through Plymouth and Saltash into South East Cornwall. Alternatively, if you enter Cornwall from North Devon, there is the scenic A39 Atlantic Highway running through Bude, which you can join from Junction 27 on the M5.
Due to the high volume of traffic on Cornwall’s roads during the summer months the main routes can become congested especially at weekends. Travelling overnight or outside peak rush hours is recommended to avoid long delays.
– To plan journeys the AA Route Planner can help for tailor made travel plans with timings and mileage
– For information on possible delays or roadwork’s throughout the UK or in Cornwall visit Traffic Watch
Travel Advice at Peak Times
PLEASE BE AWARE. Sat-Navs / GPS can lead you to some wonderful places in Cornwall, many of them down narrow country lanes with high hedges and few reversing points. If in doubt don’t go on. Better to turn around and find another route than end up lost in the middle of nowhere.