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Travel around Devon

Weather challenges February 2014
The main Devon rail line through Dawlish will be fixed by April 4 2014, Network Rail has announced
For info click here 

Car hire: The national firms providing car hire in the county include Avis, Europcar, Sixt 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

Taxis: Taxis are easily available from all the major railway stations and airports in the county.

Cycling: 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 more information on cycling in Devon visit www.cycledevon.info

The scenic route: On summer Saturdays try Dartmoor's Haytor Hoppa, running every Saturday from 30th May to 31st October. This 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

Travel tips

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.

When travelling on the Devon roads, remember to:

  • Keep patient – overtake only when it is safe to do so
  • Stay focused – avoid distractions in or outside of the car
  • Take regular breaks – avoid driving when tired. There are numerous laybys
  • Keep a safe distance – there are too many rear-end shunts on this route
  • Use lower speeds in poor weather conditions
  • Know your speed limits on single carriageways

For more information visit www.devon.gov.uk/countrymile

Find out more

Find out more about travelling to Devon by train, bus, plane or car.

Get up to date traffic and travel information.

View a useful map of Devon.

View 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.

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