Cheap flights to Newquay are available from London Gatwick Airport, Manchester Airport and some regional airports around the UK. Western Greyhound operates the 556 bus service from the airport to Newquay and Padstow. Tickets can be purchased from the driver on board the bus. Taxis and minibuses operated by Biotravel are available from outside the arrivals hall of the airport.
Western Greyhound and First Devon and Cornwall are the main bus operators and run a network of services around Newquay and the surrounding region. Check their respective websites for timetables and routes. Summercourt Travel is a local company offering taxi and minibus services in Newquay and the neighbouring areas. Taxis by Summercourt Travel and other companies need to be booked in advance. The Newquay Road Train usually operates between spring and autumn, and travels around Newquay attractions in a loop.
Newquay’s beaches are popular with many visitors. Towan and Tolcarne beaches are close to the centre of town, and are often crowded with beachgoers. Surfers often head to Fistral to ride the waves at one of Britain’s most renowned beaches. Get away from the crowds and enjoy a picnic at Porth or Lusty Glaze beach. Both are located further up the coast and are usually quieter than the other beaches. Newquay Zoo has over 100 species of wild beasts and creepy crawlies in different habitats. Animal-lovers can also join the zookeepers on their rounds and experience daily life in a zoo. Spirit of the West is a Wild West style theme park, somewhat incongruously placed in lush green Cornwall. Watch outlaws and sheriffs do battle, look for gold at the Mining Camp, or simply wander through the town and meet the characters.
Newquay’s popularity with surfers means there are plenty of shops around town stocking surfing equipment and beachwear. Café Irie is a casual, bright café frequented by surfers and other sporty types. The menu boasts plenty of healthy items such as the Irie Granola, packed with plenty of oats, flax and yogurt. Visit Pauline’s Creamery to pick up something more indulgent – homemade cakes with plenty of rich, sweet icing. Lewinnick Lodge is perfectly positioned on top of the Pentire Headland, guaranteeing guests wonderful views to go with their meal. Enjoy the view with some homemade Lewinnick fish cakes or a scoop of organic Cornish ice cream. Head to Barracuda, one of Newquay’s biggest clubs, to take in a performance by a famous DJ.