Plymouth is easily accessible through a variety of links, including road, rail, water and air.
You can travel to Plymouth through a variety of different transport links including Car, Coach, Train, Ferry or Plane. Some journeys may require a multitude of these transport links to get here.
Arriving by Car
Travelling by car to Plymouth is easily accessible from most locations within the UK.
Most driving routes will bring you onto the M5, which eventually merges to become the A38 bringing you directly to Plymouth. If you cross the Tamar Bridge towards Saltash then you've gone to far.
Drive time from London is around 4 hours.
Drive time from Manchester is around 4.5 hours.
Drive time from Cardiff is around 2.5 hours.
And if you're feeling brave the journey from Edinburgh via the M6 and M5 can be done in 7.5 hours (if your fortunate enough to not hit any traffic).
We recommend you use Google Maps to plan the quickest route for you.
Arriving by Coach
If you're travelling from within the South West the Stagecoach Falcon service connects Plymouth with Exeter, Taunton, Bristol Airport and Bristol City Centre.
Arriving from other parts of the UK, we recommend using the National Express Bus & Coach service who aim to get you there as quickly as possible without all the in between stops.
Their drive time from London Victoria to Plymouth is around 4 hours 55 minutes.
Arriving by Train
Plymouth is easily accessible by train with a wide range of services running from a variety of locations within England. Although some services may require a change or two.
Travelling from London can take as little as 4 hours 30 minutes and if you're coming from the north, the trip from Manchester can take 5 hours 15 minutes. We recommend using the Trainline to search for the fastest and best route for your journey, and if you book in advance you are guaranteed to get the best price possible.
Arriving by Ferry
You can sail by cruise-ferry to Plymouth from France and Spain. Brittany Ferries run regular services from Roscoff in Brittany and from Santander in Northern Spain to the ferryport at Millbay – close to the city centre and waterfront, therefore ideal to explore either on foot or by car.
Arriving by Plane
There are 3 airports within an easy distance to Plymouth. These are Bristol, Exeter and Newquay.
Bristol Airport offers direct services to and from over 100 destinations across Europe. Airlines operating at Bristol Airport include Aer Lingus, bmi regional, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Blue Islands, Wizz Air, Aurigny, SAS, EasyJet and Ryanair.
To get to Plymouth once you arrive at Bristol, you have the following options:
- To travel by train, you need to catch the A1 bus from the Airport Terminal (west bound) which will then take you to Bristol Temple Meads rail station in around 30 minutes. From Bristol Temple Meads station you can get a direct train to Plymouth taking approx. 2 hours 30 minutes.
- Stagecoach offer a fantastic service which will pick you up from Bristol Airport and bring you to Plymouth within 2 hours 50 minutes.
- If you are travelling from Bristol Airport to Plymouth by car, it is a direct route south on the M5 motorway which merges to become the A38 just past Exeter. This journey is approx. 108 miles, taking just under 2 hours.
Exeter Airport offers services to and from France, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Greek Islands, Italy, Lapland, Malta, Turkey and the UK and Ireland.
To get to Plymouth once you have arrived at Exeter, you have the following options:
- There is no railway station at the airport so to travel by train you will need to get a taxi (which will be waiting outside the airport) to either Exeter St Davids or Exeter Central, both approx 6 miles away. There you can get a direct train to Plymouth which takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.
- The National Express offers a coach service that will pick you up from Exeter Airport and bring you to the Plymouth Bus Station, the quickest service can take just 2 hours, 10 minutes.
- If you are travelling from Exeter Airport by car, they have plenty of car rental services within the airport for you to choose from. Once on the road, you need to follow signs for the A38 which will take you directly straight down to Plymouth, taking approx. 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Flights to and from Cornwall Airport Newquay vary depending on the season, with a reduced service in the winter. These include Alicante, Frankfurt-Hahn, Dusseldorf, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and various locations in England. With all year round flights to and from London, Manchester and the Isles of Scilly.
To get to Plymouth once you have arrived at Cornwall Airport Newquay, you have the following options:
- The rail network is provided by Great Western Railway and the nearest station is in the centre of Newquay which will take you approx. 15 minutes to get to by taxi. Once there the train will take you approx 1 hour 50 minutes to arrive at Plymouth with 1 change at Par railway station.
- The National Express offers a coach service, but it is a limited daily service and will require you to get to Newquay Coach station by taxi which takes approx. 20 minutes. The quickest service can take just 1hour 35 minutes.
- If you are travelling by car, it's a really easy route. Follow signs for the A30 and then the A38 which will bring you Plymouth in a little over an hour. You can also get a rental car from Newquay airport.