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London to Plymouth by train

It takes an average of 3h 44m to travel from London to Plymouth by train, over a distance of around 191 miles (308 km). There are normally 26 trains per day travelling from London to Plymouth and tickets for this journey start from £31 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 59m
PriceFrom £31
Distance191 miles (308 km)
Frequency26 trains per day
First train05:37
Last train23:50
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationPlymouth
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway

London to Plymouth train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Plymouth for Tuesday 24th May 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
12:04 15:08 3h 4m, direct
13:04 16:12 3h 8m, direct
14:04 17:12 3h 8m, direct
15:04 18:16 3h 12m, direct
16:04 19:20 3h 16m, direct
16:36 20:13 3h 37m, direct
17:04 20:20 3h 16m, direct
17:36 21:25 3h 49m, direct
18:04 21:12 3h 8m, direct
18:36 22:09 3h 33m, direct

Taking the train from London to Plymouth this summer

Planning a sunny day out or weekend away in Plymouth this summer and want to travel by train? Look no further.

The train from London to Plymouth usually takes 3 hours and 42 minutes, but can take just 2 hours and 59 minutes on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Great Western Railway and their trains offer comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi.

If you're heading to Plymouth for a day out in the ocean city, or a trip to nearby Dartmoor National Park, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you travel Off-Peak or use a Railcard.

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Plymouth in our Journey Planner with us, or keep reading for money-saving tips and FAQs.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Plymouth? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Plymouth take?

The average journey time by train between London and Plymouth is 3 hours and 44 minutes, with around 26 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Plymouth by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Plymouth is 2 hours and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Plymouth cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Plymouth can start from as little as £31 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from London to Plymouth?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Plymouth without having to change trains. There are 26 direct trains from London to Plymouth each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Plymouth leave?

The first train from London to Plymouth leaves at 05:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Plymouth leave?

The last train from London to Plymouth leaves at 23:50. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Plymouth by train?

Trains travelling from London to Plymouth cover a distance of around 191 miles (308 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Plymouth to London. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Plymouth.

Cheap train tickets from London to Plymouth

Train tickets from London to Plymouth start at £31 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Plymouth is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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