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There are 5 ways to get from London to Plymouth by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from London Paddington to Plymouth

$120 - $220

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Bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way National Express / ...

$19 - $55

3 alternative options

Train South Western Railway  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids
  2. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth

$80 - $140

Drive  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Drive from London to Plymouth 217.4 miles

$45 - $70

Fly, train  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Exeter (EXT) LCY - EXT
  2. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth

$86 - $325

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The cheapest way to get from London to Plymouth is to bus which costs £15 - £40 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from London to Plymouth is to train which costs £90 - £170 and takes 3 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Paddington and arriving at Plymouth. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 1 min.

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The distance between London and Plymouth is 193 miles. The road distance is 217.4 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Plymouth without a car is to train which takes 3 h 1 min and costs £90 - £170.

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The train from London Paddington to Plymouth takes 3 h 1 min including transfers and departs every two hours.

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London to Plymouth bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at London Victoria Coach Station.

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London to Plymouth train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from London Paddington station.

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The best way to get from London to Plymouth is to train which takes 3 h 1 min and costs £90 - £170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £40 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from London to Plymouth.
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  • Distance: 192.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 1 min

What companies run services between London, England and Plymouth, England?

Great Western Railway operates a train from London to Plymouth every 2 hours. Tickets cost $120 - $220 and the journey takes 3 h 1 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London to Plymouth every 4 hours. Tickets cost $19 - $25 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min. Megabus UK also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London City to Exeter
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $440
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$60 - $95
Advanced Single
$60 - $90
Anytime Day Single
$120 - $220
Train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$27 - $50
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
nationalexpress.com

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The quickest flight from London City Airport to Exeter Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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London to Plymouth bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way.

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London to Plymouth train services, operated by Great Western Railway, arrive at Plymouth station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Plymouth is 217 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 53 min to drive from London to Plymouth.

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Flybe offers flights from London City Airport to Exeter Airport.

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There are 683+ hotels available in Plymouth. Prices start at $83 USD per night.

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The best way to get from London to London City Airport is to train which takes 21 min and costs £3 - £4.

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