To give you an idea, we’re just over 100 miles from Exeter (that’s about 2 hours), just over 180 miles from Bristol (a little over 3 hours), and 275 from London (don’t forget the snacks – it’s 5 hours plus).
Once you’ve booked, we’ll send you the best places to stop en-route to explore or just stretch your legs.
Of course the biggest benefit of driving is you’ll have your own car there ready to explore St Ives Bay and beyond.
The planet-conscious traveller’s mode of choice is a great way to get down here and back.
There’s a GWR line from Paddington to Penzance that takes in lots of major stations and lots of superb views, especially around the Teignmouth area where the train appears to be moving along the water’s edge.
The station you want for Three Mile Beach is St Erth. London Paddington direct to St Erth is just shy of a 5 hour journey. We’re just a short taxi ride from there (let us know if you’d like us to pre–book your taxi).
If you’re hiring a car, it’s best to leave the train at Truro, and then it’s just a 35 to 40–minute drive to Three Mile Beach.
A great way to maximise beach time is to take the Night Riviera Sleeper which has airline-style seats or cabin options (either sole use or sharing). Think of the Night Riviera Sleeper as a bedroom on wheels. While you’re catching up on some sleep, you’ll be whisked to your destination. It’s as simple as that.
Book the reclining seat option and you’ll get:
- a modern airline-style seat.
- drinks and light snacks available to buy throughout your journey from the café.
(We’d advise taking ear plugs and an eye-mask to make the journey more comfortable.)
Book a cabin and you’ll get:
- access to the GWR First Class lounge at Paddington from 21.00 and on the way back, access to the exclusive Night Riviera lounges at Penzance and Truro an hour before departure.
- complimentary accessible showers, at Paddington, Penzance, and Truro.
- exclusive use of the on-board lounge; with a welcome complimentary hot or cold non-alcoholic drink.
- wake-up call and complimentary continental breakfast.
The Night Riviera Sleeper is usually very popular, so we always recommend booking your cabin in advance. If you go for this option, let us know, and we’ll arrange a very early check-in for you when you arrive.
From London Paddington
Monday to Friday – depart at 23:45 (you can board from 22.30) and arrive at St Erth at 07:42 or Penzance at 07:53.
Sunday – departs 23:50 (you can board from 22.30) and arrives at St Erth at 08:45 or Penzance at 08:59.
There’s no Saturday night service (no one knows why).
Returning from Penzance
Monday to Friday – depart at 21:45 (you can board from 21.15) and arrive at London Paddington at 05.23 (but you can stay on board until 06.45).
Sunday – departs at 21.15 and arrives 05.03 Monday morning (but you can lie in until 06.45).