How to get to Plymouth

How to get to Plymouth

 

An image of a fireworks display in Plymouth

Depending on where you are coming from, you may arrive in Plymouth:

By boat from Santander (Spain) or Roscoff (France), the most popular ferry service is Britany Ferries.  A taxi service is avaliable to the University of St Mark & St John from the Continental Ferryport.

By coach or train from an international airport (London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Bristol). The coach is slower and less expensive, the trains are more frequent. If you plan to travel by coach it is a good idea to book your ticket before you leave your home country. Popular coach companies in the UK are National Express and Megabus, you are able to purchase tickets on their websites. For train travel many people use Trainline to book their tickets. Please see below for more details on travel to Plymouth via train and coach from some of the most popular UK airports.

Britrail Pass

It is possible to purchase a Britrail train pass for use on the UK rail network in your home country before you arrive in the UK.  A Britrail Pass allows you to plan and budget for travel within the UK prior to your departure and is ONLY available to non-UK residents and must be purchased outside the UK.

 

Getting to Plymouth if you arrive at London Heathrow Airport

 

1.  By Train to Plymouth

Go to the British Rail desk in the Arrivals Hall and buy your ticket to Plymouth. Alternatively train tickets can be booked in advance on the Trainline website. If you are are planning to return to London within four weeks make sure you buy a return ticket. This is valid for 28 days and is much cheaper than two single tickets.

There are two routes to Plymouth:

Take the Rail-Air link coach which leaves from each terminal and goes directly to Reading railway station. Change at Reading for a direct train to Plymouth. Normally they leave from Platform 4.

Take the Heathrow Express into Paddington station in central London, where you change platforms for the train to Plymouth. The Heathrow Express takes 15 minutes and is faster but more expensive than the RailAir link. Normal fares to Paddington are £13 single and £25 return. For full details visit Heathrowexpress

For all train timetables in Britain visit: National Rail

From the railway station in Plymouth you should take a taxi. This will cost about £10.

2.  By Coach to Plymouth

There are direct coaches normally every 2 hours from the central bus station at Heathrow Airport. You can either buy your ticket at the office in the bus station or in advance on the National Express website. It is much cheaper to buy a return ticket.

From the bus station in Plymouth, you should take a taxi. This will cost about £10.

Getting to Plymouth if you arrive at London Gatwick Airport

 

1.  By Coach to Plymouth

You must take a coach to London Heathrow Airport (these run at half-hourly intervals) and change there for the coach to Plymouth. There are direct coaches normally every 2 hours from the central bus station at Heathrow Airport. You can either buy your tickets at the office in the bus station or in advance on the National Express website. It is much cheaper to buy a return ticket.  From the bus station in Plymouth you should take a taxi, this will cost about £10.

2. By Train to Plymouth, via Reading

Go to the British Rail desk in the Arrivals Hall and buy your ticket to Plymouth. Alternatively you can purchase your tickets in advance on the Trainline website. If you are planning to return to London within four weeks make sure you buy a return ticket. This is valid for 28 days and is much cheaper than two single tickets.

The best way is to take a train from Gatwick Airport to Reading where you change and take the train to Plymouth .

It is also possible to take a train to London Victoria Station, cross London by Underground to Paddington station and then take the train to Plymouth. For details visit Gatwick Express

For all train timetables in Britain visit: National Rail

Arrival at other airports

Your flight may also arrive at Stansted Airport (30 miles north of London) or Bristol Airport (110 miles north-east of Plymouth).

From Stansted you will need to travel by train or coach to central London then continue your journey by train (from Paddington Station) or coach (From Victoria Coach Station). For details of onward travel visit Stansted Express.

From Bristol Airport you can take a bus to the Bristol Temple Meads railway station in the city centre, then travel by train to Plymouth. For more details visit Bristol Airport.

From Exeter Airport you can take a bus or taxi to Exeter St. David's railway station in the city centre, then travel by train to Plymouth.  For more details visit Exeter Airport.

Other useful information

  • For individuals, small or large groups, we can arrange airport transfers. Please contact us directly for details and current costs.
  • For all UK public transport timetables contact Traveline
  • Guidance Notes for Arrival in the UK are available on the UKCISA Website

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