Travelling to Tresco FAQs
Here, we've answered some of the most frequently asked questions on getting to Tresco, but if you have any other questions just give our friendly Island Office team a call on 01720 422849.
The fastest way to the island is to fly direct to Tresco with Penzance Helicopters. The stunning flight takes just 15 minutes and you'll land moments from your accommodation here on Tresco.
Penzance Helicopters also fly to St Mary's, or you can take the Skybus fixed-wing planes from Land’s End, Newquay or Exeter, or the Scillonian III passenger ferry from Penzance to St Mary’s. Tresco is a short boat transfer away.
However you travel, please advise us of your travel plans using our Pre-Arrival Form or by calling +44 (0)1720 422849.
If you fly direct to Tresco with Penzance Helicopters, we will meet you at Tresco Heliport for the short complimentary transfer to your accommodation in our electric shuttle.
If you arrive at St Mary's on Penzance Helicopters, Skybus or the Scillonian ferry, there's just a short transfer to Tresco.
- Arriving by Air: Provided you advise us of your travel plans in advance, you will be met on arrival at St Mary's Airport and our friendly team will deliver you and your luggage to St Mary's Quay for the next scheduled boat to Tresco. All services are payable locally and we accept contactless payments. Our standard transfer service may involve a short wait at St Mary's. A 'special' boat is available for a supplement - for details, please contact Tresco Boat Services on 01720 423373).
- Arriving by Scillonian: Tresco Boat Services meet the Scillonian on arrival at St Mary's every day. Provided your luggage is labelled with a blue Tresco label (available at Penzance Quay), your luggage will be transferred across to our boat (usually Firethorn of Bryher) automatically. You will need to travel on this boat to Tresco. Times are advertised on the Tresco Boat Services page one day in advance and also announced on the Scillonian prior to arrival at St Mary's.
However, you are travelling, please be sure to let us know your travel plans using our Pre-Arrival form. We don't receive your journey details from your travel provider, so without this, we may not be there to meet you on arrival.
Tresco is a car free island, so your car will need to stay on the mainland.
If you are travelling by Penzance Helicopters there is on-site parking at Penzance Heliport, payable on exit. There is no need to book in advance.
If you are travelling from Land's End Airport the airport parking is provided by Isles of Scilly Travel or Westwinds Car Park. If you are travelling from Cornwall Airport Newquay or Exeter please visit the Newquay or Exeter Airport websites for parking information.
We do all we can to make Tresco accessible for those with mobility difficulties, but you should be aware there is no public transport provision on the island. You may find it easier to take the direct helicopter service to Tresco, as this avoids the need to traverse quay steps and climb on and off boats.
For specific information on any aspect of your travel or your stay with us, please contact the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849 or email us.
Please contact the Island Office the day before departure to check the time of your transport from your accommodation to Tresco Heliport, or your boat for onward travel from St Mary's.
As a general rule of thumb, you'll be collected 45 - 60 minutes before your flight time if you're flying from Tresco Heliport, and 1 - 3 hours before your departure if you're flying or sailing from St Mary's (but these times can vary due to tides and weather conditions).
Except on our winter Dog-Friendly breaks, dogs are not permitted in any Tresco accommodation but are most welcome on day trips. Please keep your dog on the lead around the island. Dogs are welcome on the Terrace at The Ruin Beach Cafe, and in the garden and bar area of The New Inn.
Dogs are most welcome at our dog-friendly Hell Bay Hotel on the neighbouring island of Bryher.