With some of the UK’s most stunning coastline, rugged national parks and quaint villages, the journey to Devon certainly isn’t boring. No matter how you choose to get here, you’ll be treated to fabulous views along the way. Getting to Devon is pretty easy. The county is easily reached by car and has good public transport links with the rest of the UK. There are also several international airports within a few hours reach if you’re travelling from further afield.
Devon has great rail connections with the rest of Britain. First Great Western operate services from London Paddington and the Cotswolds, and South Western Railway run services from Waterloo. The main train stations in Devon are Exeter, Tiverton, St Davids, Plymouth and Newton Abbot. From these stations, you can jump on a local train or bus to get to where you need to go.
If you’re coming from Europe, you can take the Eurostar to London St Pancras Station and transfer to Paddington Station where you can take a First Great Western train to Devon.
By bus or coach
The National Express operates long-distance services to Devon from all over Britain. Stops include Exeter, Exmouth, Tiverton, Torquay, Plymouth, Bideford, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. These coaches are comfortable with USB charging ports, reclining seats and a toilet.
If you’re driving, you can take the M5 into Exeter which connects to most major motorways in Britain. Devon has fantastic scenic routes such as the Atlantic Highway (from Minehead to Barnstaple) so you'll still see great views even when you're driving from A to B. The main roads in Devon are easy to drive, but can take a bit of getting used to driving the narrow country lanes in rural areas. With a bit of patience, caution and practise you’ll be right as rain.
Exeter Airport is Devon’s largest airport with flights to over 27 destinations in the UK and Europe. The next closest airports are Plymouth City Aiport, Newquay Cornwall Airport and Bristol Airport.
You can take a ferry to Plymouth from Roscoff, Cherbourg and St Malo in France, and Santander in Spain with Brittany Ferries – either as a foot passenger or with your car.
Getting around Devon
Once you’re here, getting around Devon is quite easy thanks to a reliable public transport network. Most of Devon’s major towns and villages are well-connected via bus routes with Stagecoach South West.
If you're travelling by train, make sure to check out scenic rail journeys such as the English Riviera, Dartmoor and Tarka lines that offer unbeatable views of the Devonshire coast and countryside. Rural areas might have limited public transport or no services at all, so make sure you plan ahead.
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