Public Transport


First Great Western operates a link between the city of Truro, Penryn and Falmouth. This is a regular service usually travelling between the hours of 6.04am and 10.44pm, Monday to Friday. The service is half-hourly and 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 is external)

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

(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 £45 monthly Falmouth-Penryn Kernow Unlimited bundle tickets, or the £90 monthly Cornwall Kernow Unlimited bundle (Cornwall-wide) you can save you up to £240 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.

What if you live in remote areas where First Bus do not operate?

The red bus (Go Cornwall Bus) is a new operator in Cornwall running subsidised (remote location) bus lines and may provide the service you need. If you live in remote locations where First Bus does not operate, you may have to consider planning your journey with more than one travel operator.

ASDA Bus Pick Up and Return Dates & Times from Penryn Campus.

Monday & Thursday Evenings:

From University: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm

From ASDA: 5:25pm, 5:55pm, 6:25pm. 6:55pm 

If you have any questions or need support, please email to talk directly with our travel and sustainability team.