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There is a railway station at St Bees in the centre of the village with 21 trains a day. By road, the village is on the B5345 just south of Whitehaven.
If you are going on the Coast to Coast walk, you need to think what you are going to do with your car. Two or three of the hotels or B&Bs offer parking facilities. If you are just going to tour the area, then a car is almost essential. Public transport is available but it does restrict you considerably. See Car menu for more details
If you are not hiring a car, then getting to St Bees usually means a train journey. See Train menu for details of route options.
Latest! - Main Line luxury on several trains each day now
The two class 37 trainsets are now running on the Coastal line. Travel in MKIII coaching stock luxury hauled by up to 7,400 horespower. Large guards vans for cycles. Sometimes there is a first class corridor compartment carriage at normal 2nd class prices.
Above - the Cumbrian Coast Railway south of St Bees; surely one of the most scenic coastal stretches of railway in England. This is not an excursion train; mainline coaches are used as part of the day to day rolling stock to meet demand
Help with booking train travel from overseas
A rail network map can be seen here:
The normal advance booking horizon is 12 weeks. This link will give access to booking horizons:
Whichever way you come, you will be made most welcome and we hope you will enjoy your stay.
Air travel from outside UK
This is probably the most common question we receive from air travellers- how do I get to St Bees?
Unfortunately it is not quite as easy as the picture implies - landing on St Bees beach, though the beach is possibly long enough, is not available!
If coming from overseas, your closest airport choices are Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and Edinburgh. See Air link in the menu at left. Note that there are no internal flights that get you any closer to St Bees than any of the airports above; St Bees is just about the furthest you can get from an international airport in England, and Carlisle airport does not have public passenger services.