Plymouth boasts the South West’s largest shopping area outside of Bristol. It’s attractions include many national brands and high street names, as well as many unique, interesting independent retailers. Offering shoppers a little bit of everything, Plymouth’s extensive range of shopping districts and markets is well laid out for easy access, not only for shopping, but also for making the most of the great range of restaurants, cafes and Plymouth’s entertainment venues and attractions. Plymouth is well served by both public transport and car parks, making it easily accessible to all.
Plymouth railway station is just a few minutes’ walk from the City Centre. The regular train service from London Paddington to Plymouth takes about three and a half hours. Other direct services connect to Plymouth from across the South West, South Wales, the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland.
There are regular coach services from most major towns and cities to Plymouth. A typical coach journey from London to Plymouth takes about 4.5 hours.
Due to the redevelopment of Bretonside, scheduled long distance coaches operated by National Express, Megabus, and the Southwest Falcon are now arriving and departing from a new Coach Station which has opened on the site of the former Mayflower West multi story car park. A 97-space, surface level car park has opened alongside.
Visiting coaches will cease serving Bretonside from late Summer 2016, and they will now be dropping off and picking up from new bus stops on Derry’s Cross roundabout.
For coach enquiries visit www.nationalexpress.com, www.megabus.com/uk or www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-west/fly-the-south-west-falcon
From the North
The main route is via the M5 motorway and then continuing on the A38 Expressway via Exeter. Leave the A38 at Marsh Mills and take the A374 which is clearly signed for the city centre.
From the West
Leave the A38 at Manadon interchange and take the A386 into the city.
There are plenty of car parks in the city centre. A full list and car park maps is available on the Council’s Parking pages. Services run Monday to Saturday from three locations around the city.
Park and Ride
Plymouth has three Park and Ride sites, which are all served by Stagecoach services.
- Coypool Park and Ride – PL7 4TB - 200 – 11 minute journey to the City Centre
- George Park and Ride – PL6 7HB - 100 – 22 minute journey to the City Centre
- Milehouse Park and Ride – PL2 3DE - 100 – 8 minute journey to the City Centre
In addition to the 100 service there is also the 101 service that runs from the George and Milehouse but is a slightly longer journey time. This only operates outbound from Royal Parade in the morning and inbound from the George Junction later in the afternoon.
Park and ride services depart from stops A14 on Royal Parade.
Brittany Ferries operates car ferry services to Plymouth from Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain). Go to www.brittany-ferries.com for details.
There are various local ferry services from Plymouth to help you get around both on foot and by car. These ferry services can be used to reach Cornwall, Hooe and Plymstock, and even further afield.
- Cawsand Ferry - services to Cawsand (foot passengers)
- Cremyll Ferry - services to Cremyll (foot passengers)
- Mount Batten Ferry - services to Mount Batten (foot passengers)
- Torpoint Ferry - services to Torpoint (vehicles and foot passengers)
Plymouth is well positioned on a crossroads of the National Cycle Network routes 27 and 2, and has cycling links nationally and internationally to Brittany and Northern Spain. There are a number of rides that can be started in Plymouth, either as day trips or as the start of something longer!
From Millbay Docks via the Hoe, follow the National Cycle Route 27 signs and you will end up in Barnstaple using the Sustrans Coast to Coast route.
The Plym Valley path starting at Laira Bridge and finishing at Clearbrook provides excellent traffic-free cycling. Suitable for all ages, this makes a gentle round trip of about 29 kilometres. Other options are a circular route around the Rame peninsula using the Cremyll and Torpoint Ferries, or using the railway station to access the countryside along the Tamar Valley.
Plymouth has a very good bus service which connects the City Centre with all areas of the city, and also the surrounding areas such as Torpoint, Saltash, Tavistock and Ivybridge. The key bus routes which connect Plymouth City Centre to areas outside of Plymouth are listed below.
Service number 71A (Plymouth - Torpoint - Looe - Polperro)
Service number 72 (Plymouth - Saltash - Looe - Polperro)
Service 71A and service 72 timetable
Service 71A route map and service 72 route map