Buses, Trains & Ferries

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A great site for exploring all railways in Devon and cornway is Devon Great Scenic Railways just click on the tab lines to explore.

Travel Devon has various information on walks, cycling, buses and trains.  

Three best lines for watching wildlife, The Avocet Line, Birds,  The Tarka Line, Deer, Buzzards and if you are lucky ottter.  Teignmouth/Dawlish Birds.

South Devon Railway 

The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes (Riverside). The steam trains are run with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

Ride the South Devon Railway and you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies 

Explore South Devon on the Rivera Line This line goes from Paignton to Exeter Central. The line runs 7 days a week all year round except for Christmas and Boxing Day. Highlights The Journey!, Teignmouth Seafront and Victorian Pier, Exe Estuary Trail, Beaches in Torquay and Paignton, Bus ride to Brixham.  Dartmouth Steam Railway.

Explore towards North Devon on the Tarka Line, this line goes from Exeter Central to Barnstaple in North Devon, The Ranger Ticket allows you unlimited travel for the day so hop on and off as much as you want.  This line runs 7 days a week all year except for Christmas and Boxing Day.  Highlights, Barnstaple shopping and its historic Pannier Market and Butchers Row.  Hire a bike and cycle from Barnstaple Station, Shopping and museums and the Catherdral in Exeter.  Great walks from Tarka Line Stations.


Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat you can take the option of Steam train only, or the full day.  They also have the Paddle Steamer.

Avocet Line  This line runs from Exeter St Davids to Exmouth.  This line runs 7 days a week all year except for Christmas and Boxing Day.  Highlight The historic port town of Topsham for its independent shops and the Bridge Inn.  Two miles of golden sands in Exmouth.  Exe Estuary Trail. Access to the Jurassic Coast.

If you want to go further out, The Tamar Valley Line runs from Plymouth to Gunnislake.  This line runs 7 days a week all year except for Christmas and Boxing Day.  Highlights, this journey crosses from Devon to Cornwall over the spectacular Calstock Viaduct.  Calstock village for walks, picnics and pubs, Bere Ferrers village for rural festivals and cosy riverside pub.  Pretty walk to cotehele from Calstock station.

Western Lady Ferry Service to Brixham and Dartmouth.  Western Lady usually has one ferry going to Dartmouth in the morning and one returning in the afternoon.  Please check on the website as they give updates on times and information if the ferry is running.  Ask about the Jubilee Travel Card.

Dartmouth Day Cruise 
 Dartmouth Day Cruise - an exciting day adventure to the lovely historic Port of Dartmouth. Cruising EVERY DAY from1st April to 31st October. Departs from Torquay North Quay Steps 11:05 and from Brixham at 11.45. Departs from Dartmouth at 15.30 for the return journey, arriving back at 16:30 (Brixham) and 17:00 (Torquay).

Dartmouth Paddle Steamer  The historic paddle steamer Kingswear Castle is the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today and is running on her home waters of the River Dart once more. She was built in 1924 at Philip & Son of Dartmouth and plied her trade between Totnes and Dartmouth until 1965 (her engines are even older, dating back to 1904, eight years before the sinking of the Titanic). In her heyday when this impressive ship was the life blood of the river Dart, she could carry almost 500 passengers.She runs 1¼hr Dartmouth River Cruises and cruises between Dartmouth and Totnes so that passengers can now journey on her as part of the famous Round Robin excursion. The all-inclusive Round Robin ticket includes a steam train, a bus, connecting ferry and river cruise on the beautiful river Dart on the historic Kingswear Castle.

Open Top Sightseeing Tours   The best way to view the bay"  Daily Sightseeing tours on open top bus. An ideal way to see the sights of Torbay with live commentary.  Tour starts at the harbourside Torquay, then travels up to Babbacombe to view Lyme Bay, on to Meadfoot, accross to Paignton along the coast , then on to Brixham and back to Torquay.