Lelant Saltings Park & Ride is the best way to get to St Ives. Forget the hassle of trying to find a car park space in the town and enjoy a train ride on one of the most scenic railway lines in the country
the Park & Ride will be open throughout May
trains run every 30 minutes for most of the day between Lelant Saltings and St Ives
Note: Unless travelling on main line services, please avoid parking at St Erth station.
St Ives bus station is a short walk away from the railway station and the town centre.
Leave plenty of time to make your journey
We will run regular replacement buses between St Erth and Lelant Saltings, but journeys may still take longer than normal.
Travelling back from St Ives?
If you’re travelling from St Ives and need to connect at St Erth for trains to Penzance, Plymouth, Exeter and beyond, we recommend allowing up to an hour for this.
Be aware that the last daytime train from St Ives with a connection towards London Paddington leaves at 17:04 on weekdays, 17:02 on Saturdays and 17:15 on Sundays.
St Ives Food & Drink Festival
Cornwall’s biggest food and drink festival runs from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May.
We will provide additional capacity on our trains between Lelant Saltings and St Ives during this time to help you enjoy the event. Queuing systems will be in place at St Erth (for replacement buses), Lelant Saltings and St Ives stations.
Our replacement buses between St Erth and Lelant Saltings are likely to be busy on these days so please consider alternative options such as local buses or the Park & Ride at Lelant Saltings.
Please be aware that the Penzance-bound platform at St Erth is inaccessible for customers unable to use the footbridge. Our Assisted Travel team will advise you on your alternative options when booking.
If you are not able to travel on one of our replacement bus services, we will arrange an accessible taxi for you free of charge.
St Erth Park & Ride
From Saturday 1 June, St Erth will become the new Park & Ride location for St Ives. The existing Park & Ride at Lelant Saltings will be closed.
Improvements to St Erth station include:
larger ticket office and waiting area
a new 422-space car park to the south of the station
relocation of bus stops from the main road to the station forecourt
St Erth station is Grade II listed, so any upgrades need to be completed in a way that is sympathetic to the heritage of the station. For example, instead of normally installing ready-made platform sections, the platform extension will need to be hand-laid with concrete slabs. As a result, the time taken to do the work will be longer than normal.
Any St Ives Bay Line train in the normal timetable that is due to start/terminate at Penzance will continue to do so. These are in the early morning/late evening. Due to constraints in the timetable, we are unable to extend any other services.