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The main roads leading into Cornwall can get very busy, particularly during peak holiday seasons such as the summer holidays, half terms, Easter and Christmas holidays.

It might be worth considering different transport options such as rail or plane. The trainline stops at approximately 10 stops between Plymouth and Penzance and there are also extra branchlines including the St Ives Bay line between St Erth to St Ives. You can now fly to Newquay airport from many parts of the UK too. In which case, you may also want to consider car hire in Cornwall.

If you’re arriving into Cornwall by train or plane, you don’t need to rely on public transport for the rest of your holiday. Hiring a car means you’ll be able to explore Cornwall’s breathtaking scenery for yourself and easily get to Cornwall’s fun family attractions, beautiful beaches and iconic landmarks.

There are plenty of hire car options, whether you pick your car up from the airport, near a train station, or organise for it to be dropped off at your St Ives holiday cottage or apartment. Read on to find out about different options for car hire in Cornwall.

Car Hire in Cornwall, Sea View

Car Hire in Cornwall from Newquay Airport

Newquay airport is situated just over 30 miles away from St Ives. The easiest way of completing the rest of you journey is to hire a car to pick up when you land. You can then enjoy the scenic route from Newquay to St Ives in your holiday car. Drive through picturesque countryside and see who can spot the sea first!

Herz Car Hire, Newquay Airport

One of the car hire options from Newquay Airport is Herz Car Hire. They have different car options available including spacious family cars, fuel efficient green cars, and a range of stylish luxury cars. You also have the option to hire a van here. Continue your onward journey with the vehicle that suits you and enjoy the spectacular Cornish countryside views as you head down the A30 towards St Ives. if you have time during your stay, explore the West Cornwall Coast Road between St Ives and Land’s End, one of the most scenic routes in the country.

Car Hire in Cornwall, West Penwith

Europcar, Newquay Airport

You can also arrange car hire from Newquay Airport with Europcar. Their hire station is ideally situated right next to the airport, so you can drive away as soon as you land. You can choose from the latest car models to provide you with a comfortable journey into West Cornwall.

Avis Car Hire in Newquay

Another option is to start the journey to your seaside holiday destination with Avis Car Hire in Newquay. Collect your car after you touch down and travel the rest of the way in style. Whether you fancy an elegant saloon car for your romantic Cornish break or a roomy people carrier for your family adventure, Avis has got you covered.

Budget Car Hire, Newquay Airport

If you’re looking for a reliable car hire service at a lower cost, try Budget Car Hire. Pick up a great car that’s within your budget from Newquay Airport and take the stress out of your journey. You can expect an easy booking system and a friendly service to start your holiday in Cornwall with a smile on your face!

Car Hire in Cornwall, Bodmin Moor

Car hire options near St Ives

If you’re looking for car hire in Cornwall that’s a bit closer to where you’re staying, one of these local Cornish businesses might be the best choice. Have a hassle free start to your holiday with the arrival of your hire car right outside your coastal cottage or beachside apartment.

Car Hire in Cornwall, Country Lanes

Enterprise Cars, Penzance

Enterprise Cars in Penzance is ideally situated to drop off your hire car to your holiday accommodation in St Ives, Carbis Bay or the surrounding areas. They may take you over to their office to complete paperwork first, in which case why not visit St Michael’s Mount or the Jubilee Pool before heading back towards St Ives? Either way, in West Cornwall nothing is too far away if you have a car.

Cornish Rentals, Camborne

Whether you’re looking for a car to drive the family to all the best attractions in Cornwall or a mini bus to take a big group of you out for a delicious Cornish meal, Cornish Rentals have a car to suit your needs. They offer free quotes, their prices are sensible and they have a range of different sized cars and vans to choose from.

Tucker Car Hire in Cornwall

Tucker Car Hire is based in Penzance and their local delivery and collection service is completely free of charge. Their meet and greet staff have excellent knowledge of the local area so can tell you about all the best places to visit whilst helping with your luggage. They offer airport transfers or you can arrange to get the car when you have already arrived in St Ives.

Car Hire in Cornwall, St Ives

Dash Hire, Redruth

Dash Hire offer car, van, mini bus and camper van hire. This includes small cars all the way up to 7 seat people carriers, 9 seat and 17 seat minibuses and all of their vehicles are less than three years old. Therefore, you can guarantee a reliable service and they also offer flexible collection and return times.

Taxi Services near St Ives

If you don’t fancy getting behind the wheel at all during your seaside getaway, why not hire a car to collect you from the airport or station and take you straight to your holiday home?

St Erth & Hayle Cars

St Erth & Hayle Cars are a private taxi car company based in Hayle, the next town on from St Ives. They offer many different types of cars including 16 seaters and can provide airport transfers, night club trips, or local tours of the area including Land’s End and Porthcurno, so they may be worth contacting if you fancy a visit to the Minack Theatre.

Car Hire in Cornwall, Coastal Road

Finesse Chauffeurs in Cornwall

Travel in style with Finesse Chauffeurs. A growing company based in Cornwall and the South West. The staff will treat you like stars and make your holiday even more relaxing and enjoyable. They offer luxury airport transfers, cars for weddings and special occasions, scenic Cornish tours including Poldark themed ones, and even dog-friendly tours.

Many of our St Ives holiday cottages and apartments have their own allocated parking space, so you can keep your hire car in a safe spot when it’s not in use.

Now you know where you can book car hire in Cornwall, all you need is a road map, some good music and some travel sweets! Enjoy exploring Cornwall’s scenic coastal roads and countryside lanes and have a fantastic holiday.