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If you fancy a spot of sunbathing or just a day on the beach, why not take the train to Plymouth – you can get there in less than three hours from London and in less than an hour from Exeter! The nearest sandy beaches to Plymouth are just a 20-minute taxi ride away from the city centre, so get your swimsuit and sunglasses ready!

An up-and-coming modern city with a historic maritime past, Plymouth boasts some of the most beautiful scenery found in the UK. The sea views of the Plymouth Sound are breathtaking as is the mostly untouched Barbican harbour, home to the UK's largest aquarium and the famous dock from which The Mayflower and the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World.

Now the city is a notorious hotspot for nightlife, with a burgeoning student population making Plymouth one of the most exciting cities of the South West. All the action is within fifteen minutes walk of the station and easily accessed by clearly signed pedestrian subways leading down to the harbour, city centre, Plymouth University, Drake Circus shopping centre and the Black Friars Gin Distillery, which dates back to the 1400s.

Station details & facilities

Train services to Plymouth station

Plymouth train station is mainly served by GWR and CrossCountry trains. Frequent GWR services connect Penzance to Plymouth in 1h 55m, London to Plymouth in 3h 32m and Cardiff to Plymouth in 3h 38m. Direct CrossCountry trains cover the routes from York to Plymouth and Edinburgh to Plymouth.

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

How to get from Plymouth station to the beach

It's easy to get from Plymouth train station to the beach. The nearest sandy beaches to Plymouth train station are Bovisand and Wembury beaches, which are just a 20-minute taxi ride away.

Plymouth train station departures and arrivals

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

Plymouth station has one main entrance, opposite a sprawling car park. The ticket office and automated ticket machines are on the left of the entrance. There is also a WHSmith. For platforms 3 and 4 head through the double doors on the ground level. There are no platforms 1 or 2, so access to all other platforms, from 5 to 8, is through a subway via stairs or lifts. There are disabled toilets on platforms 4 and 7.

Plymouth train station parking

Plymouth train station has a multi-storey car park, which is opposite the station's main entrance. Step-free access is available not only here but also throughout the whole station.

Hotels near Plymouth train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Plymouth station open?

Plymouth 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 Plymouth station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Plymouth 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 Plymouth.

Are there toilets at Plymouth station?

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

Are dogs allowed at Plymouth station?

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

How do I get from Plymouth station to the beach?

The nearest sandy beaches to Plymouth train station are Bovisand and Wembury beaches, which are just a 20-minute taxi ride away.

Departures and arrivals from Plymouth

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Plymouth station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to PenzanceGreat Western Railway22:387On time
to Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway23:166On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway23:564Late
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway04:545Scheduled
to GunnislakeGreat Western Railway04:574Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway22:347On time
from Edinburgh (Waverley)CrossCountry22:504On time
from PenzanceGreat Western Railway23:006On time
from GunnislakeGreat Western Railway23:086On time
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway23:385Late
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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