How to get to Padstow
The nearest train station is Bodmin Parkway which is 24 miles away. Plymouth Citybus runs a regular service (11A buses) from Bodmin Parkway station to Padstow, via Wadebridge.
Tel: 0345 7000 125
From the M5 south, turn onto the A30 just after Exeter. There are several options from the A30: the most direct route us to come off at Bodmin (onto the A389) and follow directions through Bodmin and Wadebridge to Padstow. Just after the village of Whitecross, turn right through Little Petherick and St Issey (A389). This section of road is narrow in places and not recommended for wide vehicles.
To avoid this narrow road, stay on the A39 until you reach the Winnard’s Perch roundabout (rather than turning off after Whitecross) and turn right towards Padstow.
Alternatively, stay on the A30 until you reach the exit for Indian Queens, and follow the directions to Padstow (A39).
Parking will be available in the town council car park at the end of the quay, as well as the Lawn car park on Hill Street. Cornwall Council’s Link Road car park, by the fire station, will also be open. The Park & Ride car park will be open during the festive season, weather permitting. See below for more details. The out of town car park, which is free, will be open – weather permitting. It’s a 600-metre walk from this car park into town.
Why not consider lift sharing and share the cost of travel and parking?
Please note: The Padstow Harbour Commissioners’ car park on the quayside will be closed during the festival.
Buses services to and from Padstow are provided by several different franchises.
The Padstow area (south of the River Camel) is served by the following buses:
Plymouth Citybus no 11A – Padstow to Bodmin Parkway station via Wadebridge.
First Kernow bus no 56 – Padstow to Newquay via Newquay Cornwall Airport.
North of the river is also served by the First Kernow bus nos 95 & 96 – Wadebridge to Camelford via St Minver, Rock, Trebetherick, Polzeath, Port Isaac and Delabole.
The nearest ferry port is in Plymouth, which is 54 miles away. The ferry service is provided by Brittany Ferries. There’s a bus and rail service from Plymouth, and car hire is available at the ferry port.
Padstow to Rock Ferry operates continuously throughout the day at 20-minute intervals. Tel 07773 081574 (during operational hours only). http://www.padstow-harbour.co.uk/phc_ferry.html
Rock-Padstow Water Taxi operates an evening service on the Camel Estuary between 7pm-midnight. Tel 01208 862815 (9am-5pm) / 07778 105297 (during operating hours). http://www.rock-watertaxi.co.uk/
All services are subject to weather and tides.
The nearest airport is at Newquay, around 12 miles away. SkyBus and Flybe operate services from many British and European cities. You can catch the A5 Atlantic Coaster from the airport. Car hire is also available.
Tel: 01637 860600
Tel: 08457 105555
Taxis telephone Numbers
Ocean Taxis Tel: 07980 001323
Atlantic Cabs Tel: 07544 544450
Padstow Taxi Services Tel: 01841 534866 or 07854 373198
Miller’s Taxis Tel: 07873 498349
Padstow Cabs Tel: 01841 532384
Park & Ride
Thursday: the car park opens at 11am. The first bus leaves at 11.30am and the last bus is at 6pm.
Friday: the car park opens at 9am. The first bus is at 9.30am and the last bus leaves at 9.45pm.
Saturday: the car park opens at 9am. The first bus leaves at 9.30am and the last bus leaves at 7pm.
Sunday: the car park opens at 9.30am. The first bus leaves at 10am and the last bus leaves at 6pm.
Where to Stay
There is a full list of accommodation on Padstow Tourist Information Centre’s website. Click here for a list of B&Bs, guest houses and hotels showing availability for the festival. Padstow Tourist Information Centre operates an accommodation booking system and you can also book many properties online.