Travelling by bus

Car free days out

A car free day out is a perfect way to unwind. Sit back and enjoy the views in the knowledge that you are making a greener choice, as well as a more relaxing one.

Buses

The Stagecoach no. 3 bus runs between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

Along the way the bus passes through some peaceful, deep green scenery of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a string of characterful villages, beautiful rivers and creeks and gives passengers a bird’s eye view of the sea.

For bus routes around the area and timetable enquiries, please visit Traveline for up-to-date information.

Park and ride

For easy access to these busy town centres:

Dartmouth 

  • A3122 Dartmouth outskirts.
  • Open Easter to October, 8am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, 9:30am – 7pm Sunday.
  • Fees apply.

Salcombe 

  • A381 Salcombe outskirts.
  • May and June Bank Holidays, weekends in June, 1st July – 1st September.
  • Fees apply.

Cycling

Cycling through the AONB provides access to the best of the area’s natural heritage. There are opportunities for traffic free and off-road cycling, leisurely afternoon rides or more challenging longer distance routes.

Check out the following websites for some ideas.

Trains

The mainline railway runs from London Paddington stopping at Newton Abbot with a branch line to Torquay, Paignton and Totnes.

For enquiries about times and fares visit the National Rail website or phone 08457 484950.

Steam railways

A lovely way to appreciate the varied landscape of the area. Steam trains run along the spectacular coast from Paignton to Kingswear for Dartmouth via the passenger ferry.

Combined river excursions are also available. For example, the Round Robin takes you from Paignton to Totnes by bus, down the river Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth and then back again on the steam train from Kingswear to Paignton. This is a seasonal service and does not generally run in the winter except on special occasions.

For details of times and fares visit www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk or call Paignton station on 01803 555872.

Downloadable guides

Our guides offer you a range of lovely ways to explore South Devon without a car. Each guide will help you get to the area and give you information about the landscape, walks, cycle routes, points of interest and refreshments.

We also provide a games and activities sheet which accompanies the Car Free Days Out series and provides some ideas for entertaining ways to pass the time on the bus.

Choose a route from the links on the right and let our guides do some of the thinking and planning for you.