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Boat

Several passenger ferries chug out across the mouth of the River Fal, including the Flushing Ferry and St Mawes Ferry, which are both operated by Fal River. Depending on the tide, scenic boats to St Mawes occasionally leave from Custom House Quay.

For faster journeys, you can book the Falmouth Water Taxi to most destinations along the river, including Flushing, Trelissick, the Helford River, St Mawes and Malpas near Truro.

Bus

Falmouth's Moor Bus Station is central. First Kernow (www.firstgroup.com/cornwall) has the following bus routes.

Helston (£5.40, hourly Monday to Saturday) Bus 35/35A stops at Glendurgan and Trebah Gardens en route.

Penzance (every two hours Monday to Saturday) Bus 2 via Helston.

Redruth (£5.40, hourly) Bus U2 via Penryn.

Truro (£5.40, half-hourly Monday to Saturday, hourly Sunday) Bus U1 via Penryn.

To reach Gyllyngvase and Swanpool beaches, bus 367 runs from the station to both (hourly Monday to Friday, four times on Saturday).

Car

There are several car parks in and around Falmouth's town centre, or you can use the Ponsharden Park and Float/Ride service, which runs from the Ponsharden car park into the town centre between mid-May and mid-September. It's £7 per car (up to seven passengers), or £21 if you prefer to take the scenic boat trip.

Train

Falmouth is at the end of the branch train line from Truro (£4.20, 24 minutes), where you can catch connections with the mainline service from Penzance to stations including Plymouth, Exeter and London Paddington.