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Pay-as-you-go in Cornwall

What is pay-as-you-go?

Exploring Cornwall has never been easier than with the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) GWR touch smartcard.

You can now effortlessly tap in and out in a new travel area in West Cornwall*.

Keep your tickets, payments and Railcards in one place, and never worry about paper tickets again.

And with access to new Anytime Day Single fares and guaranteed best price on same-day travel**, you’ll get the best value.

Get your pay-as-you-go smartcard

Tap in. Tap out. It's as easy as that.


Save time – simply tap in and tap out


Guaranteed best fares on same-day travel**


Get your Railcard discount automatically

Parent and child

Smartcards and pay-as-you-go are now available for children


Travel flexibly – no need to buy before you travel

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Secure and automated billing


Travel on any train in a pay-as-you-go scheme – not just GWR

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Get notifications when you can get Delay Repay compensation

Where can I use pay-as-you-go in Cornwall?

Pay-as-you-go is available in West Cornwall, between:

  • Penzance
  • St Erth
  • St Ives
  • Falmouth
  • Truro
  • Par

Map of the Cornwall pay-as-you-go area, covering: Penzance, St Erth, Lelant Saltings, Lelant, Carbis Bay, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Par, Perranwell, Penryn, Penmere, Falmouth Town, and Falmouth Docks.

Download a PDF version of the Cornwall pay-as-you-go map (PDF, 389 KB).

So, whether you’re visiting St Michael’s Mount, exploring the Eden Project, or anywhere in between, get there with pay-as-you-go.

Pay-as-you-go is also available in Bristol but please be aware that you cannot use pay-as-you-go to travel between Bristol and Cornwall. For more information, see our pay-as-you-go FAQs.

Order your pay-as-you-go smartcard

How to get pay-as-you-go if you don't have a GWR account

  1. Register for a GWR account
  2. Confirm your account
  3. Login to your GWR account or select 'GWR pay-as-you-go' when you're logged in
  4. Enter your details and submit your form
  5. You will receive your pay-as-you-go smartcard within five working days

How to get pay-as-you-go if you already have a GWR account

  1. Login to your GWR account or select 'GWR pay-as-you-go' when you're logged in
  2. Choose if you want to order a new smartcard or add pay-as-you-go to an existing smartcard from the dropdown menu
  3. Enter your details and submit your form
  4. You will receive your pay-as-you-go smartcard within five working days
    1. If you added pay-as-you-go to an existing smartcard, you will normally be able to use pay-as-you-go within two hours

How to get pay-as-you-go if you already use a Flexi Season ticket on your GWR smartcard

If you use a Flexi Season ticket on a GWR smartcard, we recommend ordering a new smartcard for pay-as-you-go journeys.

Get inspired and see where you can go with pay-as-you-go

Minack Theatre

Discover Cornwall’s cultural heritage

Cornwall is full of surprises. Whether you’re a history buff exploring Cornwall’s mining heritage at Geevor Tin Mine Museum – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – or a creative soul visiting Tate St Ives, Cornwall has something for everyone.

St Michael's Mount

Visit incredible attractions

There’s always something to see and do in Cornwall, all-year round. There’s the iconic castle and gardens at St Michael’s Mount, eco-friendly adventure at Eden Project, and a sense of drama at the iconic Minack Theatre. Wherever you are, there’s a great day waiting for you.

Couple cycling in along the Cornish coast

Explore this breathtaking county

Of course, Cornwall is known for its stunning beauty. Whether you’re discovering Celtic crosses as you ramble through the countryside, or taking in the view from its clifftops, you’re never far from something that will leave you speechless.

Frequently asked questions about pay-as-you-go

Here are some of the key things you need to know about pay-as-you-go in the Cornwall area. For more information, visit our full FAQs on our main pay-as-you-go page.

Pay-as-you-go terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions, visit our main pay-as-you-go page.

*Pay-as-you-go is currently available in a large travel area in West Cornwall. To find out what stations are included, download our travel map.

**Get the best value on same-day fares for the day of travel, plus Weekly Season ticket price capping applied to end-to-end journeys between two stations over a Monday to Sunday 7-day week. Excludes Advance Single tickets. For more details, see our FAQs on pricing, fares and payment details.