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Isles of Scilly

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Visitors have two choices for travel to the Isles of Scilly. There are scheduled air services (Isles of Scilly Skybus) connecting the islands with Lands End Airport, Newquay Airport and Exeter Airport or, alternatively, the passenger ferry, RMV Scillonian III, which connects the islands with Penzance in Cornwall. Note that the ferry only runs from April to October inclusive and does not run in the winter months.

Flights from Lands End to St Marys take about 15 minutes, from Newquay about 35 minutes and from Exeter about 60 minutes. Note that Skybus does not operate flights to Exeter during the winter months and also reduces its service to Newquay. Land's End is the main airport servicing Scilly in winter. Two types of aircraft are operated by the Isles of Scilly Skybus. One is the de Havilland (Canada) DHC-6 Twin Otter seating up to 19 passengers and the other is the Britten-Norman Islander seating between 6 and 8 passengers.

While Newquay and Exeter are both international airports and have full international security procedures, Lands End is a much more relaxed and relatively informal airport, servicing only the Isles of Scilly. Nevertheless, passengers should still ensure that they are carrying an acceptable photo ID to complete the check-in procedure at all three airports.

Useful websites (links open in new window)

Isles of Scilly Travel Home Page

Isles of Scilly Travel Limited, Steamship House, Quay Street Penzance, Cornwall. TR18 4BZ

  • Telephone: Within the UK: (local call rate) 0845 710 5555
  • International: +44 (0) 1736 334220


RMV Scillonian III is the passenger ferry which sails six days a week from Penzance to the islands, departing at approximately 9.15am and making the return trip from St Marys to Penzance at approximately 4.30pm. These times are subject to change according to tides and weather so it is a good idea to ensure that the Isles of Scilly Travel Centre has your mobile (cellphone) number as well as your home telephone number in case they need to contact you to advise of schedule alterations.

The crossing takes approximately two and a half hours and can occasionally be rough so adequate precautions against seasickness are strongly advised. If in doubt: take the safe option and use anti-seasickness medication! There is a cafe and bar on board the ship which opens shortly after departure and closes shortly before arrival. (Please note that the Scillonian is ONLY a passenger ferry not a Roll On-Roll Off ferry. As such, bringing your car to Scilly is not only extremely expensive but is also discouraged in all but the most essential of circumstances )