Bodmin Parkway Railway Station Cornwall

Bodmin Parkway Station

Bodmin Parkway Railway Station is on the main line from London Paddington to Penzance. If you're booking a ticket to Bodmin Parkway Railway Station then there are a few things you need to know to make your journey a little less stressful.

The first thing you might notice when you get off the train at Bodmin Parkway is that it's not actually in Bodmin. If you booked your train ticket, expecting to walk out into the town, with taxi ranks and bustling shops, then it'll come as a surprise to you when you find the station is 'in the middle of nowhere'.

The train station actually in Bodmin town is only a tourist attraction and is the starting/ending point of the Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway excursion.

If there's a train running to Bodmin, you can cross over the lines via the footbridge and catch a train into Bodmin on the other side, but these trains aren't always available and, as a tourist attraction, you won't get much change from £10 for a one-way ticket into town - if you do this, buy your ticket from the guard on the train.

Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, Cornwall
Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, Cornwall | Source

Taxis at Bodmin Parkway Railway Station

There is, of course, a taxi service at Bodmin Parkway station - with taxis available alongside in the station car park.

The main taxi service at Bodmin is Parkway Taxis, who have an office there. You can call to book a taxi before you arrive, or take potluck if you're not in a hurry .... after all, you can have a toasted tea-cake and hot tea at the Bodmin Parkway cafe while you're waiting or stand and watch to see if you'll be lucky enough to see a steam train from Bodmin & Wenford Railway arriving at the other platform.

Parkway Taxis telephone: 01208 77852

Buses at Bodmin Parkway

There's one bus service operating from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station.  The Western Greyhound 555 Service, going to Bodmin, then on to Wadebridge and Padstow.  Buses are hourly during the week, there are 2-3 evening services; buses are 2-hourly on Sundays.

Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, Cornwall: Signal Box Cafe.
Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, Cornwall: Signal Box Cafe. | Source

The Old Signal Box Cafe

Right on Bodmin Parkway station is a lovely, tiny old signal box cafe.  It's right at the foot of the walkway that crosses over the lines.

Inside it's quirky, but neat, in a traditional old cafe way.  I love it.  It serves simple food, such as sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes and toasted tea-cakes.  You can also get a selection of cold drinks or tea/coffee.  Prices are very reasonable too.

If you enjoy a quick snack in a quirky piece of history, then pop in and have a toasted tea-cake or more!

Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, Cornwall: A Bodmin & Wenford Steam Train
Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, Cornwall: A Bodmin & Wenford Steam Train | Source

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

As well as being the main line, Bodmin Parkway has a second line, which is used by the Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway to run pleasure excursions between Bodmin General Station in Bodmin and Bodmin Parkway.

Often, when you're at Bodmin Parkway, you'll see an old steam train arrive on the far side platform. 

If you're at Bodmin Parkway wanting to get onto the Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway train, then cross over the lines on the walkway, get onto the steam train and buy a ticket from the guard. 

show route and directions
A markerBodmin Town -
PL31 1AG
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B markerBodmin Parkway -
PL30 4BB
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Bodmin Parkway Parking

Parking at Bodmin Parkway railway station has a capacity of about 70 cars and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The charge is only £2/day.

To pay for parking at Bodmin Parkway station, you can either use the text service to text through your car registration and pay electronically, or if you're like me, you can put coins into the machine by the station entrance and get a good old fashioned sticky ticket for your windscreen!

If you're competent to pay by text it's the easy option, otherwise you have to park, walk back to the station to get the ticket, then return to your car to stick it on the windscreen, then return to the station. Not a problem if you've allowed yourself a few extra minutes.

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aperturering 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

Congrats on the winning the Daily Doubloon!

I love the photos of the old brick building and the steam engine.


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cornwall_UK 6 years ago from Cornwall, UK Author

Thank you!

Bodmin Parkway's a lovely station, old fashioned and set among greenery.

The old signal box cafe's fabulous. Outside there are chalk boards of what they have for sale - and it's affordable food, not a rip off at all.

I had a tuna melt pannini in there, half the price of one I'd had at a thatched creekside bar just 2 days before.

Cafes how they used to be!


trainuser 3 years ago

When you say...

'You need to know this in advance else you'll have parked and have to run all the way back to the station to get the ticket, then all the way back to your car to put it in the windscreen!'

...is that because the car park is a long way from the station/ ticket machine itself?

Thank you.


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cornwall_UK 3 years ago from Cornwall, UK Author

No, it's alongside - but it's an annoying 100 yard dash, x2, if you do get it wrong.

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