Many British visitors to Cornwall will come here using their own cars, and Cornwall is also very easy to get to by train, courtesy of Brunel’s famous Great Western route, the main trunk spine of which runs fast from London Paddington to Exeter, from where it crawls around the coast and then deeper inland into Cornwall before finally making it to Penzance around 5 hours after departure.
Connections from the rest of the UK are also available, with the cross-country route from Birmingham heading through Bristol before joining the main line at Taunton.
However, in terms of rail service, the town Newquay sits right at the end of a branch line from Plymouth, and direct trains from London tend to only operate a few times each day, and only during the summer season.
Why not bring your own car?
This means that if you are arriving in Newquay without your own car, you may be almost as likely to arrive into Newquay airport as you are to arrive by train.
This Newquay car hire advice is broadly based on that assumption, especially since UK domestic visitors who want to explore this area by car will usually come here in their own car in the first place.
Newquay’s airport is situated in the former RAF base at St Mawgans, which is around 8 miles away from the town centre of Newquay.
The Atlantic coaster bus service provides a direct hourly peak time link from Padstow to the town of Newquay via the airport.
Why do you need to rent a car in Newquay?
Naturally, Newquay might be way out on a limb if your perspective is arriving here by train, but if you are flying in, then getting a hire car opens up the rest of Cornwall in a way that local public transport can’t. If you are more interested in getting around Devon and Cornwall using public transport, then we would strongly recommend staying in the city that is a key junction on the great Western main line, with both Exeter and Plymouth being the obvious places here, these two cities being locations where we don’t recommend getting a hire car.
Do you need to rent a car in Newquay for longer trips?
Generally, we wouldn’t advise renting a car in Newquay for a longer trip. Most people flying here are coming from elsewhere within the UK. If you want to stay for longer, then you will bring your own car. The only regular international flights, other than from the Republic of Ireland (aslo easy to reach via ferry), are from Germany. You would probably get a better value choice of flights and car hire deals if you started in Bristol instead.
If you are travelling out here from London by train, and you don’t have the option of bringing your own car, then a longer rental period might make sense.
Newquay car advice verdict – strong yes!