Car Hire at Newquay Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Whether you want to surf the waves in Newquay, stand on the most southerly point or visit the fabulous Eden Project in St Austell, you can find the best car hire at Newquay Airport with Skyscanner. Check out our guide for things to do in Newquay.
Where to hire a car at Newquay Airport
There are two car hire companies with desks at Newquay Airport: Hertz and Europcar. Their desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Newquay Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a petrol station just 4 minutes drive from Newquay Airport. Head east from the airport and turn left onto the A3059. Follow this road until you see the Westways Petrol Station on the left hand side.
Driving around Newquay Airport
Newquay Airport is well placed for the region’s major roads. It takes less than five hours to reach London by car along the M4. The M6 links Cornwall with Manchester and the M5 to Exeter. The A30 connects the south coast of Cornwall with the east. If you enter Cornwall from North Devon, it is worth driving the scenic Atlantic Highway A39 through Bude which you can join from Junction 27 on the M5. Be warned that Cornwall's roads get very busy during the summer months. Travelling overnight or outside peak rush hours is recommended to avoid long delays.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Newquay Airport.
Home to the Eden Project, this beautiful town on the Cornish Riviera is a patchwork of lush green woodlands, seductive golden beaches, sleepy farms, ancient monuments and captivating fishing villages, straight out of a Daphne du Maurier novel. Boasting water-sports, cycling, wild walks and fabulous restaurants, St Austell is a popular little spot.
It is just a 25 minute drive from Newquay Airport to St Austell on the opposite coast. Head east and get onto the A3059. Follow signs for the B3274 and follow it towards St Austell.
*Drive to the most southerly tip of the UK for outstanding natural beauty from the landscapes to the seabirds. Head to the visitor centre for your walking guide and get ready to explore the majestic granite hills, the Longships Lighthouse and the Scilly Isles. Dolphins, porpoises, seals and seabirds will keep you company on your adventure.
It takes just over an hour to reach Lands End from Newquay Airport. Simply head east and get on the A3059 towards Penzance. Get on to the A39 then merge with the A30 towards Redruth and Truro. Follow the A30 to Lands End.
The capital of Cornish surfing is a mecca for anyone with a board. In summer, camper vans line the shore as far as the eye can see as surfers and beach bums flock to this party paradise. It is packed with pubs and clubs and bars enough to give Ibiza a run for its money.
The centre of Newquay is only 15 minutes from the airport. Head west towards the B3276 then take the 2nd exit at the roundabout for the A3058. Stay on this road following signs for the centre of Newquay.
There are many long stay car parks in Newquay that are within walking distance of the city centre and the main tourist beaches. Charges vary depending on the location of the car park but are approximately £1.40 for 1 hour, £3.10 for up to two hours and £6.80 for 24 hours. This applies from 9am to 4pm while a flat rate of £2.00 applies from 4pm to midnight. On-street parking is limited to two hours and is charged every day from 9am to 4pm at £1.60 for an hour and again from 4pm to midnight it is charged at £2.00* for two hours. Some hotels in Newquay offer free parking.
Prices subject to change