TRAVEL & TRAnSPORT
Transport and Getting Around
Being on the Lizard Peninsula, the most southernly point in the UK, does mean that Mullion is not the easiest place to get to. It is fair to say that a car is generally needed for day trips and getting around. But with the local facilities and close access to the nearby beauty spots, you can get by without a car in Mullion. Helston, Falmouth and Truro can be reached by bus, linking up with the national rail services. The South West Coastal Path does make for a joyous way to reach some of the more idyllic beauty spots. So for those that fancy greener or more relaxing traveling it can be done, you just may be more limited.
GWR runs the main train service in the region, with an hourly service to London. The closest station to Mullion is actually Penmere, by Falmouth but this is a branch line running to Truro. For the mainline Redruth station is around 35 minutes from Mullion and Truro around 45 mins. There is drop off and long-term parking at both stations – with plenty of spaces in Truro but it sometimes can get busy at the more limited Redruth and taxi ranks at both right outside – to Mullion this will cost you from £50 upwards There is a semi-regular bus from Redruth to Mullion, and a more limited one from Truro.
GWR also operates the Sunday to Friday evening Riviera Sleeper Service, a very pleasant way to reach London or Cornwall in the early hours – without the need to drive overnight or get a hotel room.
The train is also often the best way to get to St Ives. You can get the branch line from St Erth – around 30 minutes from Mullion. The scenic route brings you straight into St Ives, stopping the need to scramble for a parking space. However, this service is itself is now getting very crowded and there can be long queues for trains ion the school holidays.
There is car hire at Truro station.
The local bus service was taken by a new company in March 2021 and now comes under the umbrella of Transport for Cornwall. The early indications are encouraging, with an improved and extended service.
The hourly service makes it far easier to reach the town for its facilities – leisure centre, cinema etc – and the late-night service to Mullion has been reinstated, so you can enjoy a pint of Spingo in the Blue Anchor, up until nearly last orders before nipping outside to get the bus home.
There are busses which link with the trains at Redruth and you can get to Truro, Falmouth and Penzance for the day.
Newquay airport is around an hour and a quarter drive from Mullion. Direct services go and come to various UK and Ireland airports, Germany, Denmark, Portugal and Spain and on indirect services from around the world – New York is just one stop.
There is plenty of long term and drop off parking at the airport but getting there without a car is not easy. The airport has a car hire desk and although there is no actual taxi rank you can book a taxi-to Mullion a taxi will cost upwards of £80.
There is a seasonal shuttle bus to Truro, otherwise after your plane you have to catch a variety of trains and auto-buses.