London to Penzance train

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Cheap train tickets from London to Penzance

Showing times and prices for 24 Jul

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from London to Penzance is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Great Western Railway
12:034h57
London Paddington (PAD)
17:00Penzance station (PNZ)
£921One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
12:055h35
London Paddington (PAD)
17:40Penzance station (PNZ)
£931One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
11:035h09
London Paddington (PAD)
16:12Penzance station (PNZ)
£931One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
10:034h57
London Paddington (PAD)
15:00Penzance station (PNZ)
£1271One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
08:035h04
London Paddington (PAD)
13:07Penzance station (PNZ)
£1631One-way
0 changes

Train timetableLondon to Penzance

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 24 July
Great Western Railway
08:035h04
London Paddington (PAD)
13:07Penzance station (PNZ)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:045h08
London Paddington (PAD)
14:12Penzance station (PNZ)
1 change
Great Western Railway
10:034h57
London Paddington (PAD)
15:00Penzance station (PNZ)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
11:035h09
London Paddington (PAD)
16:12Penzance station (PNZ)
1 change
Great Western Railway
12:034h57
London Paddington (PAD)
17:00Penzance station (PNZ)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
12:055h35
London Paddington (PAD)
17:40Penzance station (PNZ)
1 change

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Train times from London to Penzance

Showing times and prices for 24 Jul

Fastest Journey

4 h 57 m

Average

5 h 8 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

410 km

Of the 6 trains that leave London for Penzance every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Great Western Railway
10:034h57
London Paddington (PAD)
15:00Penzance station (PNZ)
£1271One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Great Western Railway
12:034h57
London Paddington (PAD)
17:00Penzance station (PNZ)
£921One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
08:035h04
London Paddington (PAD)
13:07Penzance station (PNZ)
£1631One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:045h08
London Paddington (PAD)
14:12Penzance station (PNZ)
£1631One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
11:035h09
London Paddington (PAD)
16:12Penzance station (PNZ)
£931One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from London to Penzance

distanceDistance254 miles
durationAverage train duration5 h 2 min
priceAverage train ticket price£89 (€101)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesGreat Western Rail, CrossCountry, South Western Railway or first_great_western

Trains from London to Penzance cover the 254 miles long journey taking on average 5 h 2 min with our travel partners like Great Western Rail, CrossCountry, South Western Railway or first_great_western. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £89, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £69. Travellers depart most frequently from London Waterloo and arrive in Penzance.

Train companies: Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and South Western Railway trains London to Penzance

Buy your official Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and South Western Railway train tickets to Penzance from London from £69 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular trip.

Great Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. It operates services from London Paddington to the West of England, South Wales and the Cotswolds. It also operates services from London Paddington to Oxford, Reading and Bristol. It offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Anytime, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, air conditioning and catering services. The most popular routes for Great Western Railway are London Paddington to Bristol, Reading and Oxford.

Train information from London to Penzance with Great Western Rail:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 2 min
  • Cheapest Price: £69

Trains from London to Penzance

Trains from London to Penzance run on a very regular schedule, at about hourly intervals throughout the day and into the late evening. The route takes you from the capital to the south-west tip of Cornwall, and most of the journeys take between 5h and 5h 30min. Most of the trains leave at around the top of the hour, making the timetables pretty easy to remember.

London to Penzance Train Time: Daily Departures

There’s a London to Penzance train about 15 times a day during the week, with around 11 or 12 leaving on Saturdays and Sundays, respectively. This gives an average weekly frequency of just under 100 train trips to choose from. The first weekday trains generally leave just before 06:40, with the last two at about 23:45. On weekends, the first train usually leaves just after 08:00, with the rest following roughly an hourly schedule. The last one is at around 18:00 on Saturdays and a shade before midnight on Sundays.

How long is the journey by train from London to Penzance?

The trains to Penzance from London all take roughly the same amount of time, which is to say between 5 hours and 5h 30min. There are few exceptions, though. You can find a marginally shorter train trip that takes about 4h 55min in the early evening. The late-night trains are the longest journeys, coming in at roughly between 7h 50min and 8h 10min. Most trips are direct, with a few making one change.

Trains from London to Penzance: man on a train from London. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from London to Penzance?

Departure train station: London to Penzance trains all depart from London Paddington Station, which you can reach in about 12min on either the Northern to Central Underground line or via the Bakerloo line. The line 7 bus will get you there in about 16min from the Selfridges stop, on Bond Street. The station has step-free access, tactile strips and induction loops for accessibility, plus baby-changing facilities. There’s also a wide variety of shops, coffee shops, takeaway outlets and the like.

Arrival train station: The train on the London to Penzance route will take you to Penzance Station. Personal assistance for passengers with limited mobility is on hand, with platform ramps, step-free access and accessible toilets. It’s a small station, so there are few other amenities besides showers and refreshment amenities. Getting to the town centre is simply a matter of boarding a First Kernow MOUS bus, which takes about 3min to get there.

Which train companies travel from London to Penzance?

Great Western Railway operates all the trains from London to Penzance. Most of their trains are direct on this route, with a few that make a single change on the way. These are all high-speed trains (barring those late at night), travelling at around 125 mph (200 km/h). The late-night trains are leisurely overnight journeys, and consequently a couple of hours longer than the others. The trains that stop en route generally do so in Plymouth, where you’ll switch trains, but these trips still have a travel duration in the 5 hour to 5h 30min bracket, so you won’t be sacrificing time by catching them.

Night trains London

There are two night trains from London to Penzance every day of the week except for Saturdays and Sundays. Both leave at about 23:45, with one travelling directly (taking about 8h 10min) and one making a stop in Plymouth, yet still getting there about 15min before the other. You’ll switch trains on the latter trip. There isn’t a night train on Saturdays, and on Sundays, only the direct night train runs.

Great Western Railway trains from London to Penzance

Travelling on a Great Western Railway train to Penzance from London, you’ll have plenty of choice from early morning till late at night. If you travel anytime during the day from around 08:00 till about 17:00, you can catch a train roughly once an hour, a few minutes after the hour has turned. You’ll mostly travel directly to Penzance, with around three or four trains a day making a single stop for a change at Plymouth Railway Station, in Devon. Most take between 5h and 5h 30min, with the last of the day taking around 8h.

Trains from London to Penzance: Sustainability travel

Using a train to Penzance from London rather than driving there significantly reduces your carbon emissions, through the simple arithmetic of a large number of passengers travelling together versus each one using their own vehicle. Great Western Railway has adopted policies in line with the Rail Industry’s Sustainable Development Principles, with the aim of using up to 75% recyclable materials. Other initiatives have been to provide more electric vehicle charging points at the stations it operates, along with technology improvements on trains to reduce emissions and energy use overall.

Train London to Penzance: Services on Board

On a London to Penzance train trip with Great Western Railway, you can pre-book limited-mobility or disability assistance, through the national Passenger Assist service. You have the option of travelling first class if you wish. Standard class amenities include a very decent food and drinks menu and free Wi-Fi. You can bring up to two domestic pets with you for free; dogs need to be on a lead, as long as they don’t sit on the seat, and other pets must travel in a suitable travel container. Assistance animals are not restricted in any way. You can book one of the bicycle spaces on the trains – these are limited, though, so book early to make sure you get one. Each carriage has a dedicated luggage area, again with limited space. Luggage items placed here can’t exceed 10 x 16 x 27.7 inches. If you have smaller luggage, you can put it in the same kind of overhead compartments as an airplane, and you are also allowed to put smaller bags under your seat. Unfortunately, even though you’re heading for the Cornwall Coast, you won’t be able to bring larger items like a surfboard.

How to find cheap train tickets from London to Penzance

There are two standard ways to get cheap train tickets on trains from London to Penzance. The first is to be as flexible as possible about the day and even the time that you travel. This way, you’ll be in a position to take advantage of last-minute discounts offered on cancelled tickets. You can also play it the opposite way, by booking as far ahead as you can, which is when early-bird ticket discounts are sometimes available. Also, keep your eye on the timetables on our website for trains that take a little longer or make more changes on the way, as the compensation for the extra travel time is often in the form of cheaper tickets.

Mousehole Harbour in Penzance. Source: Shutterstock

To Penzance by train—travel tips

Once you’ve settled in after your train to Penzance from London, head straight to Chapel Street. It’s the historical centre of the town, where you’ll find shops and houses dating back to before the 18th century, when the town was an important port. You’ll see significant town landmarks, like Admiral Benbow Pub, the Turk’s Head Pub and the unusual Egyptian House. On totally the opposite end of the spectrum is The Exchange Gallery, a contemporary art gallery – you can’t miss its huge glass wall lit up by hundreds of coloured LED lights. You can take a walk through an exotic sub-tropical flora, like Japanese bitter orange and banana plants, at Morrab Gardens. There’s also a memorial to the Boer Wars. The Jubilee Pool is a great place to go swimming – it’s an Art Deco pool right on the waterfront. Penzance is also the ideal base from which to visit the ancient stone sites in the area, like Merry Maidens stone circle, Men-an-Tol and Lanyon Quoit. For more ideas, have a look at our online travel magazine, The Window Seat.

  • Penlee House Gallery & Museum
  • Trengwainton Gardens
  • Mousehole fishing village
  • A ferry to the Scilly Isles
  • Minack Theatre, on a granite cliff
  • Walk the South West Coast Path

FAQs: London to Penzance train

FAQs: Travel by train from London to Penzance easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from London to Penzance.
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Cheap train tickets from London to Penzance can start from as little as £69 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for London to Penzance is £89; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the London to Penzance train time is 5 h 2 min   covering the 254 mile long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from London to Penzance leaves at 07: 52. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from London to Penzance leaves at 23: 45.
Yes, there are 8 direct trains a day from London to Penzance with first_great_western. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct trains.
When taking a train from London to Penzance, you can count on Great Western Rail, CrossCountry, South Western Railway or first_great_western for the best way to get you to Penzance. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between London and Penzance and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 23: 45.

When departing from London, you have various train station options to start your journey from including London Waterloo, London Euston and London Paddington. When arriving in Penzance, you can end your route in train stations like Penzance and Penzance Quay.

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Waterloo, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Penzance, located 0.8 miles (1.3 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month for a train from London to Penzance is January.
You have options as you can travel to Penzance from London 3 different ways: train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in London and Penzance

London
Penzance
The major railway station for departures from London is London Paddington. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at London Paddington for your trip from London to Penzance.
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Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
Metro: Tube Lines.
The major train station for arrivals in Penzance is Penzance. Find all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Penzance for your trip to Penzance from London.
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Location for Rail Replacement Services: The Bus Station adjacent to the station
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