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Devon is one of the UK's most popular destinations for holidays and for good reason. With two amazing coastlines, fascinating historic cities and miles of striking countryside, it's ideal for staycations. Trains to Devon take around two hours from London and an hour and a half from Bristol, so you’ll be enjoying a family holiday or romantic summer break in no time.

We’re here to be your one-stop-shop for cheap train tickets, times and info about how to get to Devon by train. Located in Southwest England, Devon enjoys one of the best local climates in the country, so it's easy to understand why so many holidaymakers choose the region for their breaks. If you want to get straight to booking, start a search for times and tickets above, or keep reading to find out more about trains to Devon.

How to buy cheap train tickets to Devon

There are a few ways you can save money on train travel this summer. Some of our top tips for booking cheap train tickets to Devon include:

Travel Off-Peak

Tickets are usually cheaper to Devon if you travel during Off-Peak hours. This is normally outside of rush hours during Monday to Friday, and anytime during the weekend. We’ll highlight whether a journey is during Off-Peak train times as your search for tickets.

Book in advance

Train tickets to Devon normally go on sale around 12 weeks in advance, usually at their cheapest price. If Advance train tickets aren’t on sale yet, why not sign up to our Ticket Alert tool, and we’ll email you as soon as you can buy tickets for your chosen date.

Save up to 1/3 with a Railcard

Railcards can save you to 1/3 on the price of eligible train tickets to Devon. Costing just £30 for one year, it doesn’t take long to make your money back either. Find out if you qualify for one and buy a Railcard online with us today.

Save up to 34% with GroupSave

If you’re heading to Devon with three to nine of your favourite pals, we’ll let you know if you qualify for GroupSave when you search. This discount allows groups that are travelling together to save up to 34% on rail fares.

Split your train tickets

Splitting your journey into several sections and buying tickets for each part can sometimes be cheaper than buying a single ticket on longer journeys. Our ticket-splitting app feature, SplitSave, does the hard part for you.

Why not check out our train deals and discounts guide to discover the latest offers from train companies you can book with us.

Travelling from London to Devon by train

Getting to Devon couldn't be easier by train. You can travel from London to Exeter in around two hours without any changes. Other major destinations include Exmouth, Barnstaple, Cranbrook, Newtown Abbot and Torquay.

Services to Devon are run by Great Western Railway and depart from London Paddington, the station serving routes into the West and South West of England and the most popular way to enter the county by train. This service's key calling points include Reading, Swindon (Wells) and Taunton. There are several routes from London to Devon, depending on which part of the county you want to visit. GWR trains are fast and comfortable, meaning you can kick back and watch the countryside roll by from your train window:

Route Journey time Changes
London to Exeter 2h 3m Direct
London to Torquay 3h 0m Direct
London to Plymouth 2h 57m Direct
London to Totnes 2h 36m Direct
London to Exmouth 3h 13m 1

 

Paddington Station is the gateway to Devon from London, but access from other areas is straightforward enough. For example, you can get from Bristol to Taunton in just 1h 27m on the fastest services and from Southampton to Exeter in 2h 30m, usually changing at Westbury.


Arriving in Devon

Wherever your starting point or destination is, travelling by train to Devon is a convenient and efficient way to arrive. As it's so close to London and other towns, you can head there for day trips or a long weekend away from the bustle of the city! Some of the highlights of a trip to Devon include Exeter Cathedral, The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the quirky A La Ronde, a stately home in Exmouth, and cycling the Tarpa Trail in Barnstaple.


Top 5 destinations in Devon

1. Exeter

The county town of Devon is full of exciting history and beautiful old streets to wander through. You will almost certainly arrive at Exeter Central station, although some services pull into Exeter St Davids and Exeter St Thomas. As well as the cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, be sure to check out the Medieval underground passages. This hidden side of the city is truly fascinating.

2. Exmouth

Trains to Devon can also take you to a world of nature while remaining conveniently close to towns. As well as being a charming place with a colourful port, Exmouth is a superb base for nature holidays. You can head out to the Exe Estuary, which is particularly great for cyclists. Alternatively, you can go for a walk to Orcombe Point, a World Heritage coastal point. The World of Country Life is a nature park with a petting zoo and farming museum, well worth a visit.

3. Torquay

A quintessential British holiday resort, Torquay is fantastic for family holidays. Admire the grounds and interior of the grand Torre Abbey, paddle at the beach of Meadfoot and visit the prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern. This may be the setting of Fawlty Towers, but the hotels here are anything but chaotic! You and your family will soon be having an unforgettable holiday eating ice cream and strolling along this most dazzling of coastlines.

4. Dartmouth

History buffs are in for a particular treat in Dartmouth with the 14th-century Dartmouth Castle offering splendid views out across the estuary. You can also take a ride on the iconic Dartmouth Steam Railway and tour the local countryside. The beaches here are excellent too, with Blackpool Sands being a top place to spend the day. You can even rent kayaks and take to the water if you’re feeling active.

5. Newton Abbot

This is the perfect place to get away from it all in Devon, in peaceful surroundings that still offer authentic local pubs. Hike along the Hackney Marshes or kick back and enjoy a picnic at the lake of Stover Country Park. For an exhilarating group activity, check out the escape room experience at Devon Escape.


Devon train stations

Here are the major calling points in Devon, which will give you an idea of the brilliant destinations just waiting to be discovered by train. As it's such a large county with a lot to discover, you could well be inspired to return again and again.


Frequently asked questions

How can I get cheap train tickets to Devon?

It's easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Devon. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. 

Are trains running to Devon?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Devon, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Devon.

How long does it take to get to Devon by train?

You can view train timetables and travel times to Devon in our Journey Planner. Devon is well connected to major cities around the UK by train, just enter your departure station and travel date into our Journey Planner to see how long it takes.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Devon?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Devon, these include:

  • Network Railcard (London & South East Travel Zone)
  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too.

Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in the UK. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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