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Local Taxi, Bus and Train Services

For current bus services please see the bus timetable page.

Logan Rock Cars
01736 871 786

Local taxi with eight seaters and pre-booking and female driver available. Has taken over from the long-serving local family firm Prowse Cars.

Village Taxi of St Buryan
07703 112031

Convenient St Buryan based local taxi.

West Cornwall Cars of St Just
01736 787 473

Serving the whole Land's End area, and offering pre-booking.

First Kernow (FirstBus)  0800 645 1420

BUS A1 connects Penzance, Porthcurno, Land's End, Sennen, St Buryan, Treen, Lamorna and Newlyn in a circular service - see current timetable. Penzance is about 8 miles from Porthcurno. Penzance bus and coach station is only 50 metres from Penzance train station and Tourist Information Centre on the seafront in the centre of Penzance for National Express and previously Megabus long distance coaches, Great Western (First Great Western) and Virgin and Southwest Trains services for all destinations, including London, Plymouth and St Ives, and First Kernow (FirstBus) connections to all destinations in Cornwall. There is an overnight sleeper train service between London and Penzance. See Traveline for more info on all public transport in Cornwall and use their journey planner.

FirstBus return tickets are now valid for 5 days, and you can buy an all-day pass for unlimited travel on the day for a person or for a whole family. The all day ticket was previously called a day Explorer ticket, but in 2019 is called a Ride Cornwall Ranger ticket and is not valid before 9am on weekdays. It covers buses and trains in Cornwall for £18.00 per day as described its page in the National Rail website with other local fare info on the FirstBus / FirstKernow website. Outside of towns the bus will pick you up and let you off where you ask it to, which is called "hail and ride" meaning you can hail the bus to stop by waving your hand at the driver. Extra services in summer no longer include evening buses, and the very popular open-top A1/A2/A3 (formerly 300 bus) is no longer clearly described as a circular service. For many years fully open-top Bus 300 it did a full circuit of Penwith, including Land's End, Sennen, St Just, Pendeen, Morvah, Zennor, St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant, St Erth, Marazion,Penzance, and Newlyn. The same route is now covered by Bus A1/A2/A3.

See Firstgroup.com and First timetables.

To go to the Minack Theatre by bus take Bus A1/A2/A3 or 1/1A and get off at the final Porthcurno bus stop at the car park in the Porthcurno valley, beside the Cable Station Inn and opposite the Telegraph Museum. It is about five minutes walk up a steep hill to the Minack from there - the buses do not go up that hill, and there are no buses at night to come back on, and you may encounter severe traffic jams caused by the Minack Theatre.

Between Land's End and Pendeen there is now a regular service offered by:

West Penwith Community Bus 0845 201 1359

This previously served Pendeen, St Just, Sennen, Land's End, St Buryan, St Levan and Porthcurno with a wheelchair accessible and Dial-A-Ride service, Monday to Friday, but now seems to offer only a limited set of fixed local journeys in a few lucky parishes. www.communitybus.co.uk

Western Greyhound Bus

01637 871 871 no longer operate in this part of Cornwall. westerngreyhound.com

Transport Funding

to the Southwest was expected to be reduced when a planned new funding system came into place in 2015. The plan claims to "encourage private sector funding", which to many is a familiar formula for withdrawing public services, then partially replacing them with services of inferior quality and worse staff working conditions and higher fees, so private companies can redirect taxpayers' money to hungry shareholders. Such schemes, as occurred with rail privatisation, are characterised by the term from ancient Greek "kleptocracy". "According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in 2011-12 £184 was spent per head of population on transport in the region. That was the lowest level in the UK and less than a third of the level in London where £644 was spent, according to the ONS." As reported in the BBC news report.