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A sun-soaked holiday resort at the end of one of the country's most idyllic stretches of railway, Paignton is one of the three towns on the East Devon coastline that make up the area of Torbay. Together with Brixham and Torquay, this part of the world is known as the English Riviera, the shimmering azure seas and bright blue skies making it the ultimate bucket-and-spade destination. Originally a Celtic settlement, Paignton was a fishing village right up until the 19th century, but the arrival of rail in 1859 propelled the town's path in a different direction, as a prime tourist destination for the sun-chasing Victorians.

Today, Paignton remains one of the most popular resorts in the UK, with award-winning sandy beaches, pleasure cruises, a pier and a promenade brimming with penny arcades, all within walking distance of the station. The must-visit Paignton Zoo is also a short bus ride away. Paignton station is also located next to an independently owned station called "Queens Park" or "Paignton Queens Park". Queens Park is home to the Dartmouth Steam Railway who operate a 7-mile branch line from Paignton to Kingswear. It is a beautiful heritage railway with the 495 yeard Greenway Tunnel, Broadsands Viaduct and riverside approach to Kingswear just some of the highlights.

Visitors to Dartmouth have to alight at Kingswear and board a passenger ferry to the opposite bank of the river. Despite Dartmouth having a train station, permission to build a bridge over the river Dart was never achieved and as a result, it has never seen a train passenger arrive here. Now a grade 2 listed building it is home to a restaurant and ticket booking services for a range of tours.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 06:55:00 until 19:00:00
  • Saturday open from 06:55:00 until 16:55:00
  • Sunday open from 10:10:00 until 17:10:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at specific times. Please check at the station.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee shop/Cafe
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
Step Free Category B1 Station Step free access available to both platforms, access between platforms via level crossing to the north of the station
Toilets notesThe toilets are located on Platform 2.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Connect to "GWR Free Station WiFi".
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Meeting point: Ticket office.
Customer Service notes
Please visit https://www.railhelp.co.uk/gwr/ for GWR Help & Support. Or contact our social media team @gwrhelp.
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark nameSummer Prices
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 2
Cycle storage notesThere are stands available.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Paignton station is served by a taxi rank or a cab office. Check availability before travelling, and pre-book if necessary. Consider using the following local operators:

There is no First Class lounge at this station.

Trains to Paignton station

Paignton train station is mainly served by GWR trains, which connect Exmouth to Paignton in 1h 19m and Barnstaple to Paignton in 1h 57m.

Need more information on how to get to Paignton by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Devon.

How to get from Paignton station to the beach

The nearest beach to Paignton train station is Goodrington Beach, which is only a 20-minute walk away. Alternatively, you can also hop on one of the local buses, which will take you there in about 15 minutes.

Paignton train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Paignton station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Paignton railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Paignton.

Paignton train station has two platforms, both of which have step-free access via the Torbay Road level crossing at the north end of the station. The main entrance to the station is from the opposite side of the beach and is adjacent to the bus station. Most trains arrive and depart from platform 2. The Dartmouth Steam Railway has its own independent platform and entrance on the south side of the station.

Paignton train station parking

Paignton train station has one short-stay car park outside the front entrance.

Hotels near Paignton train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Paignton station open?

Paignton station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Paignton station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Paignton station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Paignton.

Are there toilets at Paignton station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Paignton station.

Are dogs allowed at Paignton station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Paignton station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

How do I get from Paignton station to the beach?

It's really easy to get from Paignton station to the beach – you can enjoy either a 20-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride.

Departures and arrivals from Paignton

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Paignton station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway21:552On time
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway22:352On time
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway06:042Scheduled
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway06:392Scheduled
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway07:192Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway21:392Late
from Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway22:232On time
from Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway05:502Scheduled
from Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway06:162Scheduled
from Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway06:522Scheduled
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