In summer we rode St Ives to Lands End on an open-top bus known as the Land’s End Coaster!
It’s a really fun and affordable way to see the beautiful Cornish landscape if you’re on holiday in Cornwall, or even if you live here.
It’s also an adventure if you have kids and a great idea for a low-cost activity in the summer holidays.
So what makes this bus journey so special and out of the ordinary?
Read on as I share some photos in our Land’s End Coaster review, our honest thoughts and some useful traveller information. Enjoy!
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Land’s End Coaster photos from our family ride in the summer holidays
I’d wanted to do this trip since hearing about it. In fact, we did it for a family day out for my birthday in the summer! First, we took the scenic coastal train ride from St Erth to St Ives and then we hopped on the Land’s End Coaster to take us to Land’s End. Then we did it all backwards to get back to St Erth!
Below are some of our photos from the bus ride so you can see what it’s like.
But first, what is the Land’s End Coaster?
The St Ives to Land’s End Coaster is a sightseeing tour that takes passengers on a scenic journey from St Ives, a popular holiday destination in Cornwall, to Land’s End, the westernmost point of mainland England.
The tour is conducted on an open-top bus, which allows passengers to enjoy the views and fresh air as they travel through the picturesque Cornish countryside. It’s like a fun and unique way to explore the region!
Review of the St Ives to Land’s End Coaster
We had great expectations for our trip on the Land’s End Coaster as we’d read it was good and luckily, it was!
For one, it’s really affordable coming in at £10 for all of us to ride for the day and we could have hopped on and off, as well as taken the route all the way round to Penzance if we wanted. It’s a great fun and cheap activity for the kids in the school holidays.
The scenery and views are also amazing! It travels as close to the coast as it can so there are sea views along the way, even peeping in at Sennen Cove and turning around which was great to see as we haven’t been there before.
I absolutely love nature, landscapes, coasts and epic scenery and this ride was perfect to satisfy this desire!
It was busy, given the time of year we went, so I would like to go out of the school holidays to try and experience a more exclusive bus journey with less passengers one day!!
There are lots of these Coaster buses doing circular routes around Cornwall, even from Newquay where we live, so we plan to do more of them to explore the countryside and see the sites for an affordable travel activity in 2023 and beyond.
This bus trip is also a great way to see the famous Land’s End in Cornwall, of course. We got off for a short while to see this attraction, have some food and visit the gift shop.
Wondering what Land’s End is?
It is a popular tourist destination, known for its dramatic coastal scenery, rugged cliffs, and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Land’s End is also home to a number of attractions, including a visitors’ center, a gift shop, and a restaurant. The area is popular for those who love walking, hiking, and sightseeing.
Why is Land’s End called Land’s End?
Land’s End is so named because it is the westernmost point of mainland England. It is located on the Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall, at the very tip of the southwestern coast of the country. The name “Land’s End” refers to the fact that it is the end of the land, as it marks the point where the coast turns sharply to the north and the land ends, giving way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Land’s End Coaster price
As I mentioned, this is a great thing to do with kids in the summer holidays because it’s so affordable! Actually, if you live in Cornwall like we do, then it would probably be better to take it on a weekend outside of the summer holidays to get. a good seat when less busy! That’s our plan for the next summer – take a load of these buses to see lets of Cornish countryside from a different viewpoint. It’s a fun and affordable activity for all of us!
So how much does the Land’s End Coaster cost?
At the time of writing an adult day ticket is £5, a child day ticket is £4 or a family day ticket for two adults and any number of children. isjust £10.
They also accept English National Concessionary Travel Passes.
When we travelled it was £10 for our tickets as a family of four and we could hop on and off as much as we wanted for one entire day.
They also offer week long tickets if you’re staying in Cornwall and want to use the bus several times during your visit.
More information can be found at https://www.firstbus.co.uk/adventures-bus/services/lands-end-coaster
At the time of writing they have reduced winter fares too!
Land’s End Coaster route map
Here’s a look at where the Land’s End Coaster goes from St Ives down to Land’s End, past Mousehole and Penzance and back up to St Ives again.
We took it to Land’s End and then back up to St Ives the other way, along the same route, but you can do the entire circular route.