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Air

The region's main airports are in Bristol and Exeter, which have regular connecting flights to several other major UK cities, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as seasonal flights to many European destinations.

Cornwall's main airport is in Newquay, and currently has direct flights to London Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds and the Scilly Isles.

Bus

National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) coaches connect all the region's main towns with destinations across the UK but travel times can be very long. A cheap, no-frills service is also provided by Megabus (www.megabus.com).

Car

The main motorway to the southwest is the M4, which runs east from London to Bristol, linking to the M5 which runs as far as Exeter. From here, the road connects to the A30 dual carriageway which runs most of the way southwest to Penzance.

An alternative route is along the A303 dual carriageway, which famously runs past Stonehenge.

Traffic can be very heavy in summer, especially during school holidays.

Train

The southwest is well served by trains. Frequent intercity services run from Birmingham and London to mainline stations including Bristol, Exeter St David's, Plymouth, Truro and Penzance. Several spur lines link to coastal towns. Note that travel times can be long: from London to Exeter takes over three hours, or five hours from London to Penzance.