There are 6 ways to get from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train via Reading  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Exeter St Davids
  3. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple

$142 - $244

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to Yeovil
  2. Take the bus from Yeovil, Bus Station to Taunton, Bus Station 54
  3. Take the bus from Taunton to Ilfracombe

$28 - $35

4 alternative options

Train  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to Southampton Central
  2. Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter Central
  3. Take the train from Exeter Central to Barnstaple

$80 - $164

Train, bus  •  8 h

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to Dorchester South
  2. Take the bus from Dorchester, South Station to Axminster, Rail Station X51
  3. Take the train from Axminster to Exeter St Davids
  4. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple

$52 - $86

Train, bus via Crediton, Station Cross  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to Dorchester South
  2. Take the bus from Dorchester, South Station to Axminster, Rail Station X51
  3. Take the bus from Axminster, Rail Station to Exeter City Centre, Bus Station 4 / ...
  4. Take the train from Crediton to Barnstaple

$53 - $79

Drive  •  2 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe 127.7 miles

$27 - $40

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe is to drive which costs £21 - £35 and takes 2 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe is to drive which costs £21 - £35 and takes 2 h 42 min.

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The distance between Bournemouth and Ilfracombe is 104 miles. The road distance is 127.7 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 5 min to get from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bournemouth station to Ilfracombe. However, there are services departing from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road and arriving at Ilfracombe via Yeovil, Bus Station and Taunton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 27 min.

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There are 511+ hotels available in Ilfracombe. Prices start at $76 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe.
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  • Distance: 104 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 5 min

What companies run services between Bournemouth, England and Ilfracombe, England?

You can take a train from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe via Reading, Exeter St Davids, Barnstaple, and Barnstaple, Station Entrance in around 7 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bournemouth to Ilfracombe via Yeovil, Yeovil, Bus Station, Taunton, Bus Station, and Taunton in around 7 h 27 min.

Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Bournemouth to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Single
$45 - $70
Off-Peak Single
$35 - $55
Train from Bournemouth to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Single
$30 - $50
Off-Peak Single
$16 - $25
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Exeter St Davids
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $60
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$70 - $130
Train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Train from Exeter Central to Barnstaple
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $40
Train from Crediton to Barnstaple
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$11 - $18
Advanced Single
$12 - $18
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $35
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Bournemouth to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Salisbury to Exeter Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Bournemouth to Dorchester South
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Axminster to Exeter St Davids
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to Yeovil
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Taunton to Ilfracombe
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Buses of Somerset
Website
busesofsomerset.co.uk
Bus from Yeovil, Bus Station to Taunton, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
busesofsomerset.co.uk
Stagecoach South West
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Axminster, Rail Station to Exeter City Centre, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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