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London to Torquay by train

It takes an average of 3h 7m to travel from London to Torquay by train, over a distance of around 165 miles (266 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from London to Torquay and tickets for this journey start from £37 when you book in advance.

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Journey time

From 2h 56m


165 miles (266 km)


6 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £37

Train operators

Great Western Railway

Travelling from London to Torquay by train

Planning a sunny weekend away and looking to travel from London to Torquay by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from London to Torquay usually takes around 3h 24m but can take just 3h on the fastest Great Western Railway services, with around 10 trains running on this popular route per day. Once you're on board, you can sit back and relax, as you won’t need to make any changes along the way.

If you're heading for a relaxing weekend with your family at Hollicombe Beach or want to take your kids to explore the fascinating prehistoric cave system of Kents Cavern, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap train tickets – we'll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you use a Railcard or travel during Off-Peak times.

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Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Torquay? 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 Torquay take?

The average journey time by train between London and Torquay is 3 hours and 7 minutes, with around 6 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 Torquay by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Torquay is 2 hours and 56 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Torquay cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Torquay can start from as little as £37 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 Torquay?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Torquay without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from London to Torquay 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 Torquay leave?

The first train from London to Torquay leaves at 06:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Torquay leaves at 16:35. 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 Torquay by train?

Trains travelling from London to Torquay cover a distance of around 165 miles (266 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Torquay

Train tickets from London to Torquay start at £37 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.

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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 Torquay 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.

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Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

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Reviewing London to Torquay by train

Escaping to the English Riviera

Every year I make the trip to Devon by train for a holiday, booking tickets in advance to ensure I get the cheapest fare available. Whilst you can travel from London Waterloo with South Western Railway, I travelled from the city via London Paddington with GWR all the way to Torquay.

Before you board the train to Devon, why not pop to platform one at Paddington station to see a life-sized bronze statue of Paddington Bear. Typically, the train you'll want to catch leaves from a platform near here as well.

The train has a number of carriages including first-class, a quiet coach, and a buffet car serving a good mix of drinks, snacks, and sandwiches. Paddington also has a large number of shops, so you can always grab something from one of the many outlets before you board.

As you pull out of London and start to gather speed, on the left-hand side you can occasionally glimpse one of the many engine sheds, a steam train being maintained or one of the new GWR intercity trains being prepared to enter service.

As you quickly speed through the outskirts of London and enter the rolling countryside, sit back and relax. Before you reach Reading though do look out the window as you cross the river Thames via the Maidenhead Bridge (or Maidenhead viaduct as it is also known) where small boats and rowers can often be seen on the water.

After about an hour and 20 minutes as you approach Westbury station, keep an eye out on the left-hand side for a large white horse on the hillside. This is the Westbury or Bratton White Horse, dating from 1812.

The largest station outside of London on this route is Exeter St. David's. A key terminal connecting Devon with Cornwall, the west country, and via CrossCountry as far as Edinburgh.

My favourite stretch of this journey starts at Dawlish with 7 miles of sea walls, picturesque villages, and breath-taking views of the English coast. Originally part of the South Devon Railway this stretch of track was built using the designs drawn up by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Taking you through a series of tunnels carved in the red cliffs, the railway runs level with the sea wall and footpath for unobstructed views of the sea.

Cutting inland from the sea and heading toward Newton Abbot the train hugs the banks of the River Teign, to your left is the village of Shaldon.

To complete the journey down to Torquay you need to change at Newton Abbot, for a quick 11-minute journey to the English Riviera. In all the trip down to Torquay takes between 3 to 3 and a half hours.

When you leave the train, and exit the station you'll be able to see Torbay, the Grand Hotel and you are just steps away from historic Torre Abbey.

Richard's top tip:

I highly recommend booking a seat on this train, if possible on the left-hand side of the train as you'll get to see some fantastic views out across the countryside, the English coast and numerous seaside towns.

About Richard

Richard, a Trainline employee, chose to share his experience of the journey between London and Torquay.

† 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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