One of the nation's favourite seaside towns, Newquay pleases surfers, families and teenagers alike.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 0 minutes (total distance 196 miles)
Airports in Newquay: Newquay Airport
Seasons: High = June - August; Low = November - February
Currency: GBP British Pound (£)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is the 3rd largest airport in the UK outside of London, so we’ve got plenty of places to shop, eat and relax once you pass through security.
Newquay is only a short plane ride away but you can still squeeze in some time to enjoy the airport’s facilities before you fly. Get to the airport early and enjoy a delicious meal with your family to kick start your holiday; we’ve got a great selection of cafés, bars and restaurants for you to choose from. If you’re travelling with young children, Giraffe has a great kid’s menu. Perhaps you’re travelling solo and would prefer to grab something for the plane? No problem – we’ve got great options like Pret a Manger and Wrapchic. You’ll also find your favourite coffee chains like Caffé Nero and Costa.
Whether you’re in need of last minute holiday essentials, or you’ve got time to kill before your flight, there’s a huge range of shops for you to browse. Check out World Duty Free for great savings, grab a magazine and bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith, and browse the fashion and beauty stores to treat yourself to something new for your holiday.
If you like to get through the airport speedily, why not book into our Express Lane? Or, if you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
Getting to Birmingham Airport is easy whatever mode of transport you use. Bus services run directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is also a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 50% off. To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Travelling to Newquay with the family? Check out our handy tips for the family traveller.
Arriving at Newquay Airport
Newquay Airport is a small airport located just 5 miles from Newquay centre. With one terminal, onward travel from the airport is easy and convenient.
Coastline Travel Cornwall is Newquay Airport’s only official taxi provider. They are based in the arrivals hall and their desk is manned during all flights, even when delayed. You don’t need to pre-book your taxi but doing so can help to avoid delays during busy times, and you’ll also receive a discount rate.
If you’d prefer to take public transport, First Kernow operate the bus service between Newquay and Padstow which stops at the airport (Number A5). You will find the bus stop between the terminal and the west car park. If you need to take a train, Newquay train station is a 20-minute journey on the A5 bus from the airport.
Fancy two wheels instead of four? Go ByCycle deliver bike hire to the airport! They will greet you on arrival and provide luggage transfers to your accommodation if required. Bikes can also be delivered to your accommodation.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Newquay
A mecca for the surfing community, a family favourite destination, and one of the UK’s much-loved seaside towns, Newquay attracts visitors from all walks of life. Compared to the sleepy fishing villages and market towns that dot Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, a holiday to this buzzing coastal town offers a different vibe. From coastal walks and surf competitions, to restaurants serving fresh fish and clubs for under 18s, Newquay has a lot up its sleeve.
Newquay’s climate is warm and temperate and, in comparison to other places in England, temperatures are almost tropical here. Spring starts earlier, and winters are warmer. Because of its coastal location, the weather may change very rapidly.
Culture in Newquay
Behind its seaside charisma, beautiful beaches and seafood restaurants, Newquay has a cultural side. Fine art galleries are filled to the brim with paintings of coastal scenery and art inspired by nearby areas. The Lane Theatre presents comedy plays all throughout summer. Newquay Zoo is another popular choice for families and there are several stately homes worth visiting.
Newquay is renowned for its surfing culture and is even referred to by many as the capital of British surfing. It’s famous for the Boardmasters surfing championships, held at Fistral Beach each August. The event attracts competitors from all over the world, as well as music fans who come to watch the live acts.
Another fun-filled festival which takes place annually in Newquay is the Newquay Fish Festival. Every September, the Newquay Harbour comes alive with cookery demonstrations from head chefs, live music performances and an array of stalls and eateries that line the harbour wall! As well as sampling some fresh fish, make sure you try a traditional Cornish pasty.