A First bus at Penryn Campus and daffodils in the foreground

Public Transport


First Great Western operates a regular and frequent train link between the city of Truro, Penryn and Falmouth. The journey between Falmouth and Truro takes about 20 minutes.

If you intend to commute on a regular basis, reduced season ticket fares are available; an online season ticket calculator is available on http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/seasonticket/search(link is external)

How you can save money: https://www.railcard.co.uk/cheap-train-tickets/(link is external)

For further information and timetables visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk(link is external)


PlusBus is a discount price bus pass which you can buy with your train ticket.  It gives you unlimited bus travel around the whole area of a town or city, at the start, the finish or, both ends of your train journey – for further information and fees visit www.plusbus.info/

(Updated 28.8.2020 based on latest service information)

Bus Travel

First (Kernow) Bus run the main routes between the main locations across Cornwall. We recommend downloading the First Bus App(link is external) where you can get access to bus times, live bus arrival updates to avoid waiting time, space availability on buses and discounts. You can also purchase weekly or monthly tickets to customise your preferences on travelling with First.

By purchasing the monthly Falmouth-Penryn Kernow Unlimited bundle tickets, or the Cornwall Kernow Unlimited bundle (Cornwall-wide) you can save more than £200 per year. Payments are taken by Direct Debit and your ticket will automatically activate on your chosen renewal date. For more information on this and for FAQs relating to it please click here.

First Bus Kernow operates buses in Cornwall, including the bus services U1, U2, U3 and U4. It’s possible to pay via contactless individual journeys, but if you’re travelling regularly you can save money by using the journey bundles available in the First App. More information is available in the First Price and Ticket Guide.(link is external)

The U1 travels between Truro and Falmouth via Penryn. The U2 travels between Redruth and Falmouth via Penryn. The U3 is an express service from Falmouth Campus and The Moor to the Penryn Campus (it does not travel via Penryn) and runs every 15 minutes during term times. The U4 goes between the Penryn Campus and Penzance.

Please be aware that selected bus routes are running at 50% capacity due to a shortage of drivers and buses in Cornwall.

Any Ticket Any Bus!

You are now able to use your bus ticket on any Cornwall by Kernow or Go Cornwall bus including services operated by Stagecoach, Hopleys, OTS and Travel Cornwall. This means that whether you have a return, day, weekly or monthly ticket you will be able to use any bus regardless of who operates it at no additional cost.

It is worth noting that exclusions apply including for Falmouth and Exeter Student passes but there are new day tickets available for town zones (Falmouth and Penryn are considered a town zone), with a return ticket from just £2.50 and under £1.50 for 19s and under. All day tickets purchased from Cornwall by Kernow, Go Cornwall bus, Hopleys, OTS and Travel Cornwall are now £5 per day for unlimited travel across the county, £10 per week and £40 per month.

Cornwall wide or town zone tickets can be purchased on the Go Cornwall Bus or First Bus App, or from the bus driver using contactless or cash.  Find out more

If you have any questions or need support, please email sustainability@fxplus.ac.uk