We’ve put together a quick guide with handy travel tops to help you make the most of your journey.
It will take over two hours to get all the way across Cornwall from east to west.
The main road across Cornwall is the A30. There’s lots of roadworks at the moment to widen this main road, which can have lengthy traffic jams in peak season. These works are due to be completed by the end of 2023.
Sat-nav can help you with finding your way around the county, but always look out for local signage. Technology does not always know about how narrow a Cornish lane is so be aware of any restrictions that might be in place.
Make sure you have spare change to pay for parking, so keep some pound coins in your car. We recommend downloading the JustPark app, as this allows you to pay for the majority of Cornish car parks on your phone.
The roads will always be quieter outside of peak season, and most people leave for their days out around 10am, making this quite a busy period in school holidays. You may find it quieter in the afternoons – though of course there is also a busy period around 4pm as people return home!
Changover day – the day when lots of people check out of their holiday accommodation and new people arrive – is often Saturday at many Cornwall destinations. While the roads are likely to be much busier on these days, you might find that it is a quieter time to visit tourist attractions and beaches.
Be mindful of traffic throughout the summer – but especially around the bank holidays as well.
Be aware of Cornish lanes and farm vehicles
Cornish lanes can be tricky to navigate for those who are not experienced at driving on narrow roads. Be mindful of other drivers and take a note of passing places
Be patient when driving on country roads, especially if you are not used to them. You are bound to get caught behind a farm vehicle at some point, but they are part of Cornish life and it is still essential to be polite!