If you are visiting Falmouth by sea (for example by cruise ship) then you will normally dock in the main docks area, to the north-east side of the town. Free buses are provided to ferry passengers from the docks into the centre of town. From here you can catch the hop-on hop-off shuttle bus, which runs on a circular route around the Falmouth area. Falmouth is not a particularly large town, so most places of interest are within walking distance from the centre. Although it is quite hilly, so it can be a strain on the old calf muscles if your not used to hills.
Car Hire in Falmouth
There a few car hire companies in Falmouth, located around the North Marina, which is about 2 miles away from the docks. However, because Falmouth is a busy tourist area you may find it difficult to arrange car hire at short notice, so its best to book ahead. For information on car hire in Falmouth, email or call the Fal River Visitor Information Centre, Prince Of Wales Pier, 11 Market Strand, Falmouth, TR11 3DF - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel: 01326 741194
However, be aware, that the road system in Cornwall is slow and congested, especially during peak times (April to September), and there are no motorways (autobahns or freeways) in Cornwall. Cornish roads are mostly single lane, narrow and winding, so you will need to allow for longer travel times by car (or bus) than in most other parts of the UK.
If you are in Falmouth just for the day and wish to travel further afield, I would recommend caching a train to the Cornish capital city Truro. The train journey is much quicker than driving and there is a station in the centre of town and one near the docks. For details see the The Maritime Line website.