Where is Looe? (and how to get there in 2024)

If you’re wondering where is Looe, this article’s here to help!

The Cornish coastal town of Looe is a popular place to visit in Southeastern Cornwall, and it’s accessible by car, bus and boat. 

Let’s take a look at where Looe is and how to get there. 

Where is Looe? 

Looking over east looe from west looe

Looe is situated in Southeastern Cornwall – it’s the last town of any size before you reach Plymouth in the southeast of the Duchy. 

It’s around 20 miles from both Plymouth and Bodmin

It’s on the coastline, at the end of the A387, sitting where the River Looe meets the southern coastline of Cornwall. 

How to get to Looe

Looe is accessible by car, bus or train. 

Driving directions

If you’re driving, head towards Exeter on the M5 for A303.

Take the A38 from Exeter and drive over the Tamar Bridge in Plymouth (this connects Devon to Cornwall). 

Follow the A38 to Trerulefoot, and then take the A374 and the A387. 

At Widegates, turn left to the B3253; drive through No Man’s Land and St Martin, until you reach the East Looe River, which leads to Looe Town. 

When you’re driving back over the Tamar Bridge from Looe, you’ll need to pay the Tamar Bridge toll. See up-to-date prices here.

Train instructions

Looe Railway Station sits in the heart of town. While it’s not on the main Cornish line, you can access it from Liskeard. 

Trains connect Liskeard with London Paddington, Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter and Birmingham. 

But while the train could be a good option, the entire rail journey can take quite a long time! 

The Looe to Liskeard train runs once per hour – it does add quite a lot of journey time to pre-existing trips, especially when you factor in waiting time. 

In fact, when I looked at how long it would take me to get from Exmouth (my hometown) to Looe, it would take me three hours by train (compared to an hour-long drive!). 

Bus instructions

Looe is connected to Polperro and Plymouth by bus routes.

The number 10 bus runs from Plymouth to Polperro, stopping in Looe on the way. 

I’d recommend using Google Maps to find up-to-date bus times; in my experience, it’s always been accurate in Looe. 

View from East Looe Beach, Cornwall, England.

Where to park in Looe

I always park in Mill Pool Car Park because it has the cheapest rates. 

There are plenty of spaces here – it can get busy in the summer season – but in the winter months, it has many more spaces! 

Rates are slightly cheaper in the winter months than in the summer. 

Are you planning on visiting Looe? 

Now you know where Looe is, check out my full guide on the best things to do in the town

If you have any questions about visiting Looe or Cornwall, feel free to drop me a message on Instagram!

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