Travelling Around South Devon
Car travel in South Devon
Travelling around South Devon is easy as the A38, which connects Exeter and Plymouth, runs right through the whole region offering excellent links between towns and villages. Many of the smaller towns and villages are accessed by country lanes, which provide great countryside views and a real feeling of escape. If you’re not used to driving on country roads it’s always best to plan your journey first, so you can enjoy a stress-free day out.
For details on car parks in the South Hams click here
For details on car parks in East Devon click here
For details on car parks in Mid Devon click here
For details on car parks in Exeter click here
As well as a great network of roads there’s a wide range of additional modes of transport available, providing access to all parts of the region.
Bus travel in South Devon
South Devon is easily accessible via public transport. With regular bus routes operating between all major town and villages all year round, you can easily leave the car behind.
Stagecoach South West is the main bus operator for the region and their website has comprehensive journey planning and ticketing information to help you plan a day out. Unlimited travel across South Devon starts from just £4.90 for a Torbay Dayrider which covers buses between Dartmouth, Totnes, Torbay, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren. To travel further afield, an Adult Explorer is £7.70 and a Group Explorer, allowing up to 5 people to travel together, is £15.40 - both give a day of unlimited travel across their whole South West network. They also offer a £1 child add on for any adult ticket purchased and up to 3 'add ons' can be bought per adult ticket*.
To find out about bus routes and timetables in the Teignbridge area click here
For information on bus routes and timetables in the South Hams area contact the local TIC.
*Information correct as of May 2016, liable to change without further notice.
Train Travel in South Devon
The towns of South Devon are easily accessible by rail and there are the four main railway stations, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth in the region. From these stations you can connect onto local services which stop off at the seaside towns of Teignmouth, Dawlish, Dawlish Warren, Starcross, Torquay and Paignton as well as Ivybridge on the edge of Dartmoor.
South Devon is famous for its stunning section of railway between Exeter and Newton Abbot. The line runs from Exeter along the River Exe to Dawlish Warren, then along the coast to Teignmouth and finally it follows the River Teign into Newton Abbot. This section of line has become one of the most photographed sections of railway in the country, and has a footpath running beside long sections of the track providing great views out to sea.
For more information on train travel in South Devon visit our South Devon Train Travel page.
To find out more about travelling on the Riviera Line, which runs from Exeter to Paignton download the new Explore South Devon on the Riviera Line booklet produced by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership.
To book tickets and check times and routes visit the First Great Western website.
Ferries are a great way to explore the area. Not only do they cut journey times considerably, so you can easily explore two towns on opposite sides of a river, but they also allow you to get an entirely different view of the landscape. Most ferries in South Devon are foot passenger only, so whether you just want to get from A to B quickly or experience gently sailing down a river, South Devon is the place to take a relaxing and enjoyable ferry ride.
Here are just some of the ferry trips available throughout South Devon
Dartmouth to Kingswear
You can cross the River Dart between Kingswear and Dartmouth using either the Lower Ferry or the Higher Ferry, both take cars as well as foot passengers. There is also a foot passenger only ferry operating across the river estuary.
Teignmouth to Shaldon
The Teignmouth to Shaldon Ferry takes you on a short trip across the month of the River Teign. It’s the ideal mode of transport to easily explore the seaside town and village of Teignmouth and Shaldon.
Torquay to Dartmouth
Get a great view of the Torbay coast line on one of the regular ferry’s operating between the harbour towns of Torquay and Dartmouth. There might also be a chance to spot seals and dolphins as there have been many sighting around the coastline.
Totnes to Dartmouth
Enjoy the picturesque views and landscape of the River Dart on one of the regular foot passenger ferries which operate up and down the river. The river is tidal so check the operating times before you travel.
Salcombe to East Portlemouth
The Salcombe to East Portlemouth ferry provides easy access to the coves and beaches which line the mouth of the estuary, as well as allowing you to enjoy the shops and restaurants of Salcombe. The ferry also joins the South West Coastal path on either side of the river.
Starcross to Exmouth
A short ferry ride across the mouth of the River Exe provides access between Exmouth and Starcross. From Starcross walking and cycling routes offer an enjoyable day out to Dawlish Warren beach and nature reserve.
Rhino Car Hire
If you are looking to rent a car, try www.rhinocarhire.com who offer great deals on car hire from Exeter Airport.
With Co-car book online or via smartphone and pick up your car from dedicated bays across Exeter, at train stations and other locations such as Topshams, and coming soon Newton Abbot and Plymouth. Get car access when you want 24/7 and just pay a simple hourly charge and mileage rate.
Walking routes in South Devon
There are many walking routes and foot paths across South Devon. Combined with a picnic these offer a great active day out. Two of the most well-known walks in South Devon are
Templer Way, an 18 mile walk tracing the historic route of the granite coming from the quarries on Dartmoor to the docks at Teignmouth. Where possible it follows the Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal.
The South West Coastal Path, stretching around the entire coast of the South West it provides many point to point or circular walks offering amazing views and access to hidden beaches and coves. So whether you are after a relaxing stroll or adventurous day out there will be a walk to suit you.
Find out more about walking in South Devon.
Cycling routes in South Devon
Keep your South Devon getaway green by travelling by bike. Cycling across South Devon is one of the best ways to take in the sights at your own leisure. From rivers and estuaries to hidden paths and winding roads cycling in South Devon is exciting, thrilling and breath-taking.
Find out more about cycling in South Devon.
Coach Parking in South Devon
Visiting South Devon's beautiful market towns and scenery is easy when you come by coach. But it can be easy to forget that coach parking is an essential part of any journey.
Many towns offer coach friendly parking spots, details of these, as well as setting down spots, can be obtained from the local Tourist Information Centre.