Getting around

Silhouetted group standing on the Penzance promenade at sunset with St Michael's mount a silhouette on the horizon

With miles of moorland and coastline (not to mention world-class attractions) west Cornwall is a must-visit destination. Delve into the local landscape and wander at will – it’s easy to get around.

Bike hire

Opt for two wheels to take advantage of the quiet lanes and cycle paths. Bikes can be hired from several spots in and around Penzance, including the Cycle Centre on New Street, Penzance Bike Hire on Alexandra Road and Land’s End Cycle Hire in nearby Long Rock. 

Bus routes

You’ll find Penzance Bus Station at the bottom of town, near the harbour. From here, you can travel out to local towns and villages like Marazion, St Ives, Land’s End, Newlyn and Mousehole.

In good weather, open top buses travel on the most popular tourist routes around St Ives, Land’s End and Marazion. To check times, visit the First website.

Car hire

Take your pick from national and independent car hire companies. Enterprise has a base in Long Rock, while Europcar operates from Penzance Railway Station. You’ll find Tucker Car Hire on the Long Rock Industrial Estate and Peter Davis Car Hire in nearby Crowlas.

Parking

Penzance has several short and long-stay car parks, operated by Cornwall Council. If you’ll be travelling around west Cornwall, seven and 14-day Rover tickets are available to buy online and allow you to park in most long-stay car parks for a one-off payment. 

Alternatively, you can pay as you go using the Phone and Pay app. To find out more about parking in Penzance, visit the Cornwall Council and the Penzance Town Council websites. 

Sailings to the Isles of Scilly

From Penzance Harbour, pop over to the Isles of Scilly: a cluster of Mediterranean-style islands 28 miles off Land’s End. The Scillonian III sails from Easter to November, arriving on the largest island of St Mary’s. If you’re driving to Penzance, you can leave your vehicle securely with Isles of Scilly Parking or Scilly Parking.