The Penryn Campus is accessible by bus, train and plane.

First (Kernow) Bus run the main bus routes between the main locations across Cornwall. We recommend downloading the First Bus App where you can get access to bus times, live bus arrival updates to avoid waiting time, space availability on buses and discounts. You can also purchase weekly or monthly tickets to customise your preferences on travelling with First.

First (Kernow) recommend trying to sit away from others – households & bubbles can sit together. Try and keep windows open for better ventilation & wear a face covering.

First Bus Kernow operates buses in Cornwall, including the bus services U1, U2, U3 and U4. It’s possible to pay via contactless individual journeys, but if you’re travelling regularly you can save money by using the journey bundles available in the First App. More information is available in the First Price and Ticket Guide.

The U1 travels between Truro and Falmouth via Penryn. The U2 travels between Redruth and Falmouth via Penryn. The U3 is an express service from Falmouth Campus and The Moor to the Penryn Campus (it does not travel via Penryn) and runs every 15 minutes during term times. The U4 goes between the Penryn Campus and Penzance.

Please note that buses are running at 50% capacity now to meet social distancing rules and government guidelines. 

Additional bus services have been added between Falmouth and Penryn Campus during peak times.

What if you live in remote areas where First Bus do not operate?

The red bus (Go Cornwall Bus) are a new operator in Cornwall running the subsidized (remote location) bus lines and may provide the service you need. I you live in remote locations where First Bus do note operate, you will have to consider planning your journey with more than one travel operator. Historically, First Bus ran both the commercial and subsidized bus routes which meant an all-day ticket pass would cover your entire journey.

Great Western Railway operate regular services to Truro from all major British cities. The service from London Paddington to Truro normally takes just over four hours. Change at Truro for branch line services to Falmouth and Penryn. From Truro, the journey times are approximately 20 minutes to Falmouth, and 15 minutes to Penryn.

If you are arriving at London Gatwick airport, it is possible to travel to Falmouth by train via Reading. This cuts out the need to travel across London on the underground.

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Flights operate between Newquay in Cornwall and London City, Gatwick and Stansted Airports. The flight takes about an hour and Newquay airport is approximately 25 miles from Falmouth and Penryn. Please visit the Cornwall Airport Newquay website:

The only way you can travel from Newquay Airport to Falmouth is by bus, taxi or hire car. Bus services are infrequent: it would be advisable to telephone Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or visit for details of services, times and fares. Taxis must be booked in advance and the fare to Falmouth will probably cost between £45 and £55.  

Exeter and Bristol airports operate daily international flights to Europe and beyond. Regular train services run from Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids rail stations to Falmouth and Penryn via Truro.