It might be quicker (and cheaper) to leave out Gatwick (wrong direction!) and just take coach ot train to the west country from Heathrow.
Do not contemplate driving in Cornwall until you have had a good sleep or two.
this is a good question with no doubt lots of good answers :-)
we flew air transat from vancouver to gatwick and on to newquay on flybe, so as to avoid the hassle with getting from heathrow to gatwick with luggage. however we still had problems, as our transat flight was delayed so we missed the flybe flight and had to pay extra to rebook on their next flight, many hours later, so had to camp with luggage in gatwick, finally fly to newquay, and then drive to penzance ... over a day and a half in transit.
so, it is preferable to maybe stay overnight in london before continuing, whether by plane, train, or car. train might be nice if you are going to a town served by train.
be aware that there is an airport improvement fee NOT included in quoted fares for flights leaving newquay airport.Edited: 5:27 pm, January 27, 2013
By the time you have got to Gatwick you could be half way to Cornwall and have also seen some nice scenery through the train window!
Hi Walking with Bo,
Don't you have to get into central London to catch a train to the West Country? Also, train travel is now often more expensive than flying. I think the idea of spending a night in London might be a good one after a long flight from the US. By flying to Newquay the OP would be right in Cornwall and could pick up a car at the airport.
You could get a train from either Reading or Woking (short bus ride from Heathrow). However, agree about getting some sleep somewhere - it is worrying that some tourists get straight into a hire car after a long flight.
We flew non-stop from DFW to Heathrow, took Heathrow Express to Paddington, and boarded a train (reserved first class coach seats) for Penzance. It was a long day, but at no time were we uncomfortable. Had we not been so excited to reach Cornwall, we might have been able to sleep on the train (the quiet coach really was quiet!), but after having reached our cottage in Paul (near Mousehole) via taxi from Penzance, we finally slept like babies.
This plan sounds very civilized!
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