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Car hire: The national firms providing car hire in the county include Avis, Europcar and Hertz. For a different way of hiring, try E-cocars from Totnes train station.
Public transport: Sit back and enjoy the view as someone else does the driving. To plan a day out by bus, coach or train visit the Traveline website or call 0871 200 22 33 (calls provided by BT will be charged at 10p per minute plus 6p set up fee per call. Mobile, business and other providers' charges may vary –visit the website here for more information on charges).
For more information including an interactive bus map, visit Journey Devon - your guide to public transport in Devon. For travelling around Plymouth, try the PlymGo journey planner.
Bus services in Devon: The main bus services within Devon are operated by Stagecoach and First Group. There are also Park and Ride services in Exeter, Barnstaple, Dartmouth and Plymouth.
To order or download bus maps, visit the Devon County Council website. For information on bus services in Plymouth, visit the Plymouth City Council website and for the English Riviera, visit the Torbay Council website.
Railways in Devon: The railways are a wonderfully scenic way to travel around Devon, linking its picturesque villages and historic market towns and offering uncompromised views of the coastline. Special one-day tickets offer a great deal for visitors: ranger tickets give the freedom of Devon's rail network for a day; branch line rangers give the freedom of one of the delightful local lines - such as the Tarka Line, Tamar Valley Line and Avocet Line. Visit the National Rail Enquiries or First Great Western website to plan your journey. Alternatively, see the Great Scenic Railways of Devon and Cornwall for information on the Tarka and Tamar Valley lines.
See the Spectacular Journeys video of the Tarka journey from Exeter to Barnstaple: (needs video)
Taxis: Taxis are easily available from all the major railway stations and airports in the county.
Cycling is a great way to see Devon at its best and will provide you with easy access to some of the best of the county’s natural heritage. Devon is renowned not only for its peace and unspoilt beauty but also for the wide range and superb network of
cycle routes that are available.
Ranging in length and difficulty, there are routes to suit every level of cycling experience and ability, each with its own special attractions. You will discover exciting off road cycling, leisurelyafternoon rides and challenging longdistance routes. There’s wonderful scenery, unspoilt villages, urban routes - feel the sun on your back, the wind in your hair.
For information on cycling in Devon please go to www.cycledevon.info
Something Different? On summer Saturdays try the Haytor Hoppa, running every Saturday during from 30th May to 31st October the scenic bus service costs just £2 per adult and gives you the freedom to explore the moor by visiting tors such as Haytor and Houndtor, going on a variety of walks and lunching in scenic spots such as Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Manaton. For more information on the Haytor Hoppa click here. To see the Haytor Hoppa in action click here
For an interactive map of all the World Heritage and UNESCO Sites across Devon with information about sustainable transport from and between sites, including real-time bus and train information, click here.
For a relaxing holiday, don't aim to do Devon in a day! Despite the excellent transport links, it is a large county (the third largest in England) and is therefore best enjoyed to the full at a leisurely pace.
Use our traffic and travel links to help plan your journey and to avoid any possible delays.
For more information visit www.devon.gov.uk/countrymile