For the 2017 season Scillonian III will be sailing from Penzance and Skybus will be flying from Lands End, Newquay and Exeter.
The Scillonian III runs between March and November six days a week, seven in high season. It generally leaves Penzance at 9.15am arriving in Scilly at 12 noon. It then leaves Scilly at 16.30 arriving in Penzance at 19.10pm.The ship was refurbished for the 2013 season and now offers comfortable reclining seats for 450 passengers, a café bar, café, platform lift, baby-changing facilities and open-air deck seating.
If you prefer to fly to Scilly, you will travel either on an 8-seater Britten-Norman Islander aircraft or a 19-seater De Havilland Twin Otter. There are three departure points from the mainland – Exeter Airport which is 60-minute flight (March to October), Newquay Cornwall Airport which takes 30 minutes, and Land’s End which is just a 15-minute hop to the islands.
Both Newquay and Land’s End flights operate year round. The airport on Scilly is on St Mary's.
For more information on Scillonian III and Skybus, please see: islesofscilly-travel.co.uk
First Great Western also offer a train service from London Paddington to Penzance, including an overnight sleeper service. For more information see gwr.com
Perhaps you plan to sail over yourself? There are three main areas where you can moor your boat: St Mary's Harbour and off Porthcressa Beach on St Mary's, and on Tresco.
Moorings can be arranged via the Harbour Master.
For 2018, the reintroduction of a helicopter service has been given approval as of February 2017. We await more information and updates for this exciting news!