Travel to the Isles of Scilly

How do you get to the Isles of Scilly? Well, travelling to the Isles of Scilly is easier than you think.
If you can get to West Cornwall then the hardest part is over!
Transport to the islands is simple to arrange and you can choose to go by sea or by air depending on your preference, time schedule or budget.

Travel by car

From Scotland

Based on a start from Glasgow take the M74/A74 south. This road changes to the M6 as you enter England, change to the M5 around Birmingham. When you get to Exeter the M5 ends and you will continue on the A30 all the way to Penzance.

From the North West

Take the M6 south and then change to the M5 around Birmingham. When you get to Exeter the M5 ends and you will continue on the A30 all the way to Penzance.

From Yorkshire

Take the M1 south and then change to the A42/M42 near Donnington. The M42 will then join the M5, when you get to Exeter the M5 ends and you will continue on the A30 all the way to Penzance.

From London/
South East

Route#1: Take the M4 west and then change to M5 near Bristol, when you get to Exeter the M5 will end and you continue on the A30 all the way to Penzance.

Route#2: Take the A3/M3 west and then join the A303, continuing until it changes to the A30 just before Honiton, continue on the A30 all the way to Penzance.

From the South

Take the A31 west, this changes to the A35 just before Dorchester. The A35 continues until it changes to the A30 just before Honiton, continue on the A30 west all the way to Penzance.

Local Road Services

Exeter Moto is located at the end of the M5 at Junction 30. With plenty of amenities including Costa, Burger King, M&S Food & WH Smith.

Cornwall Services are located off the Victoria Interchange junction of the A30, the midway point between Exeter and Penzance. Facilities include Costa, McDonald’s, Cornish Kitchen, WH Smith & Rowe’s.

Travel by train

Travelling by train is one of the most relaxing ways to start your holiday journey to the Isles of Scilly. The nearest train station getting to the islands in Penzance in West Cornwall. For information on getting a train to Penzance, from where you live, try visiting National Rail Enquiries or call 03457 48 49 50.

Great Western Railway

You can travel to Penzance by train on Great Western Railway from most areas in the south of England & Wales, such as London, Brighton, Cardiff, Bristol & Oxford to name a few.

CrossCountry

You can also travel to Penzance by train on CrossCountry from England, Scotland & Wales. You can travel direct from from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, plus many more.

Travel by boat

The Scillonian passenger ferry service is the most popular way to get from Penzance to the St Mary’s. The crossing takes around 2hrs and 45 minutes, and gives you a unique perspective of some of Cornwall’s most iconic coastline. On the Scillonian III there are comfy, reclining seats as well as café bars, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Please note: If you are susceptible to travel sickness, then travelling by boat when the sea is choppy can be a challenge. It is recommended you travel by plane or helicopter if you do struggle with sea travel in general.

Luggage Allowance

2 pieces allowance per person.
25kg max weight per person (no single piece more than 20kg).
85cm x 60cm x 40cm max size.

Boarding times

Check-in 1 hour before your departure time to be on the safe side. Check-in closes 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

How to book

For the latest pricing and details how to book please visit Isles of Scilly Travel.

Travel by plane

All year round, Skybus is the fastest way to and from the Isles of Scilly. The journey takes just 15 minutes from Land’s End to St. Mary’s, 30 minutes from Newquay Airport, and from Exeter it’s 1 hour. You will travel in an 8 or 19-seater plane.

Luggage Allowance

15kg allowance per person.
15kg max weight.
75cm x 50cm x 30cm max size.

Boarding times

Check-in at least 1 hour before departure time – to be on the safe side. Check in closes 30 minutes before your schedule departure time.

Flight duration

Land’s End 15 minutes, Newquay 30 minutes and from Exeter 60 minutes.

How to book

For the latest pricing and details how to book the Skybus visit Isles of Scilly Travel.

Flying from the UK

You can fly to the Isles of Scilly from various locations around the UK, Europe and from further afield.

Fly to Exeter or Newquay using British Airways, Ryanair, Eastern Airways, Loganair, Aer Lingus, Blue Islands, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Eurowings and then you can link to the islands using Skybus.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19, flights from Newquay to the Isles of Scilly are currently suspended.

Travel by helicopter

Penzance Helicopters provide helicopter flights to St Mary’s and Tresco on the Isles of Scilly with upto 17 flights a day and flying 6 days a week. They are the only helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly and fly to both St Mary’s and Tresco.

Using modern AW139 helicopters, carrying up to 12 passengers, the journey takes only 15 minutes from Penzance to the islands or vice versa.

The service operates from a modern, purpose-built heliport on the outskirts of Penzance. The heliport – adjacent to the A30 and just one mile from Penzance Railway Station – provides excellent transport connectivity to the Isles of Scilly. A bright, relaxed and airy terminal provides a welcoming area to await your helicopter flight to the Isles of Scilly.

How to book

For the latest pricing and details how to book your helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly visit Penzance Helicopters.