First Great Western trains run from all over the South of England to Truro, and CrossCountry will bring you there from Scotland, the North and Midlands.
At Truro station, make your way to the Falmouth branch line at platform 1: the journey takes around 20 min, and the trains run regularly. Falmouth has three stations:
Falmouth - for a small regional town - is relatively well served by buses due to the presence of two universities, and significant tourist traffic. Key inter-urban services run as follows:
U1 - Falmouth-Penryn-Truro
While buses in Cornwall are usually reliable, lapses occur and travellers used to using buses in large cities may be disappointed at the prospect of long waits for routes out into the countryside.
For timetable information, see the websites of Kernow buses or the council (linked above), or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit , which will provide details of all buses in operation.
Most travellers into Cornwall will come down the M5 and change onto the A30 at Exeter. To get to Falmouth, turn off the A30 on to the A39 at Carland Cross, signposted as Truro. The A39 should be followed all the way through Truro until Falmouth is reached. As with everywhere else in Cornwall, be aware that being stuck behind a tractor can significantly delay your journey. Free parking is hard to come by in the town itself, but there is pay-and-display parking on the Moor (town centre), Gasworks (off Church Street), the Quarry (behind Berkeley Avenue) and at The Dell car park beside Falmouth Town train station, as well as at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
Foot passenger only ferries serve Falmouth from Malpas near Truro, St. Mawes across the Fal and Flushing across the Penryn. In addition and vehicle chain ferry service operates accross the Fal to the north of town, between King Harry Ferry and the Roseland peninsula. Details of all ferries can be found at the Fal River website
Falmouth has also become the starting ferry port for some Mediterranean and Baltic cruises.
Falmouth is extremely hilly in places, and some roads (Killigrew Street, Trelawney Road) will have you cursing town surveyors. Fortunately, most of the attractions are between The Moor and Falmouth Docks, which is relatively flat. The town centre is semi-pedestrianised and thus relativly cycle friendly. However, outside of the centre roads are often extremely steep, and surprisingly busy for a small town, particularly in rush hour, and in summer.
Falmouth is also on the South West Coast Path, which makes for some excellent walks.
The bus service has good coverage, but be sure to check on the timetable. Aside from the Ux trunk routes and the town loop service, most buses only operate hourly, and may finish quite early. Some routes don't operate on Sundays and bank holidays.
There are a good range of shops for surfers in Falmouth: these can be found around Market Street. For Cornish merchandise, have a look round Church Street, which also has an excellent bookshop.
Harbour View Cafe- Views across the harbour from this small cafe. Most of the seating is outside covered with large umbrellas and heaters. The food is locally sourced, with a large array of seafoods fresh from Cornwall.
Five Degrees West - Award winning food, gargantuan burger meals and a sleek modern interior to boot.
The Quayside - Some legendary lunches.
The Harbout Lights - Fish & Chips that taste like home.
Kessell's Kitchen - On "The Moor" great sandwich shop.
The Packet Station - Wetherspoon's through and through.
WC Rowe - Get Cornish and have a REAL Pasty, or act like an Emmet and wolf down a Freshly Cut Sandwich.
Pizza Express - Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Willy Dynamites - best burgers in town!
Burger King - Erm...
The Wodehouse Arms - Great Homemade food at Great prices!
Falmouth has a special place in every hardy drinkers heart. Its main shopping street runs in a straight line and has a pub every 50 m on average. With more than 15 bars within a square mile, the town is designed for pubcrawling.
Here the road splits. Head towards the Moor at the Center of the Town to find:
Head up 'The High Street' to find three pubs with beautiful views of the harbour:
Outside the main shopping street are more pubs to be found:
As a tourist resort, Falmouth has many hotels and B&Bs. Here are some of the largest: