Frequently asked questions
Here you’ll find some of the most asked questions about a visit to the BWR. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch.
How much does it cost to travel?
It depends whether you have come along to enjoy a day out at the Railway or whether you’re attending a special event. An All Line Ticket allows you to travel both of our branch lines!
Click here to find details of our fares or take a look at our special events page to plan your next adventure.
What is an All Line Ticket?
An All Line Ticket allows you to travel over both of our branch lines. When you book them online it will automatically book you onto the second branch line. So for example if you book on the 10:30 to Bodmin Parkway return, it will automatically book you onto the 11:50 Boscarne Junction return.
Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
We are encouraging all of our visitors to book their tickets in advance as we are operating at a reduced capacity and with allocated seating. We cannot guarantee that if you turn up on the day without a booking that we will be able to accommodate you.
If you’re planning to attend a special event, you most likely do need to book in advance, please check the details of the event you wish to attend.
Can I get on at Bodmin Parkway?
At the moment we are running at a reduced capacity and with allocated seating. This means that we are unable to accept passengers from Bodmin Parkway. We hope to be able to allow passengers to get on at Bodmin Parkway later in the year.
Can I get a later train back?
We appreciate that many of our visitors enjoy going for a walk and catching a later train back. At the moment because we are running at a reduced capacity and with allocated seating we are unable to allow this. We hope to be able to allow passengers to do this later in the year.
Do I have to ride a train to visit?
No! During most days that we’re open you’re welcome to come and visit the station, have a look around and visit the Cornish Rail Coffee Co. café, the gift shop, and platform facilities free of charge. The exception to this would be if we’re holding a special event, in which case you’ll find details on the events page.
Help! I don’t really understand your timetables!
We run the same timetable each day with the exception of special events. Because our line is shaped like a Y, you start at Bodmin General travel out to either Bodmin Parkway or Boscarne Junction and then return to Bodmin General, before going to the station that you haven’t yet visited and finishing back at Bodmin General.
Help! I’m struggling to book tickets!
If you are trying to book tickets and it shows that there are spaces available but you cannot book tickets, this is probably due to the following train being full. Because we run over two branch lines, if the second part of your journey is fully booked, it means that there isn’t enough seating for the second part of your journey.
When that is the case we suggest that you try a later time in the day or a different day.
Do you take bookings on the day?
Because we are currently running at a reduced capacity and with allocated seating we are encouraging everyone to book in advance as we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accept you as a walk in.
Are dogs welcome?
Yes! We’re proud to be one of the dog friendly attractions in Bodmin, Cornwall’s most dog-friendly town! You can find out more about dog tickets and paws-on-the-floor travelling here.
Is the station accessible for wheelchair users?
While Bodmin General is a wheelchair accessible station, unfortunately not all of our trains are, due to their construction in the 1950’s and traditional narrow doors. There is lots of information on our Access page which might be useful to you, but it you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch.
Is there a café on site?
Yes! We have the Cornish Rail Coffee Co. café at Bodmin General, and the Signalbox Café at Bodmin Parkway. The café at Bodmin Parkway is currently undergoing a refurbishment and should reopen later in 2021. You can find out more about our cafés, gift shop and other on site facilities below.