There are 4 ways to get from Plymouth to Ilfracombe by train, bus or car

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Train, bus  •  4 h

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Exeter St Davids
  2. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple
  3. Take the bus from Barnstaple, Bus Station to Ilfracombe, Wilder Road Car Park 21A / ...

$58 - $108

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Bus  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Plymouth, University to Tavistock, Bus Station 1 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Tavistock, Bus Station to Barnstaple, Bus Station 118

$30

2 alternative options

Line 1 bus, line 118 bus, bus, line 21 bus  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the line 1 bus from Plymouth City Centre, Royal Parade to Tavistock, Bus Station 1
  2. Take the line 118 bus from Tavistock, Bus Station to Okehampton, McColls 118
  3. Take the bus from Okehampton, Market Street to Great Torrington, Church 75A
  4. Take the bus from Great Torrington, Church to Bideford Quay 5B / ...
  5. Take the line 21 bus from Bideford Quay to Ilfracombe, Wilder Road Car Park 21 / ...

$36

Drive  •  1 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Plymouth to Ilfracombe 75.3 miles

$16 - $24

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The cheapest way to get from Plymouth to Ilfracombe is to drive which costs £12 - £18 and takes 1 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Plymouth to Ilfracombe is to drive which costs £12 - £18 and takes 1 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Plymouth to Ilfracombe. However, there are services departing from Plymouth, University and arriving at Ilfracombe, Wilder Road Car Park via Tavistock, Bus Station and Barnstaple, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 38 min.

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The distance between Plymouth and Ilfracombe is 58 miles. The road distance is 75.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Plymouth to Ilfracombe without a car is to train and bus which takes 4 h and costs £40 - £85.

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It takes approximately 4 h to get from Plymouth to Ilfracombe, including transfers.

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Plymouth to Ilfracombe bus services, operated by Stagecoach South West, depart from Plymouth, University station.

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Plymouth to Ilfracombe bus services, operated by Tavistock Country Bus, arrive at Barnstaple, Bus Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Plymouth to Ilfracombe is 75 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 49 min to drive from Plymouth to Ilfracombe.

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There are 508+ hotels available in Ilfracombe. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Plymouth to Ilfracombe.
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  • Distance: 58.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

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

You can take a bus from Plymouth to Ilfracombe via Tavistock, Bus Station and Barnstaple, Bus Station in around 4 h 38 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Plymouth to Exeter St Davids
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $50
Train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $40
Bus operators
Stagecoach South West
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Barnstaple, Bus Station to Ilfracombe, Wilder Road Car Park
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Plymouth, University to Tavistock, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Plymouth City Centre, Royal Parade to Tavistock, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Okehampton, Market Street to Great Torrington, Church
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Great Torrington, Church to Bideford Quay
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Bideford Quay to Ilfracombe, Wilder Road Car Park
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Plymouth Citybus
Tavistock Country Bus
Phone
07580 260683
Website
tavistockcountrybus.co.uk
Bus from Tavistock, Bus Station to Barnstaple, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
tavistockcountrybus.co.uk
Dartline Coaches
Phone
01392 872900
Email
info@dartline-coaches.co.uk
Website
dartline-coaches.co.uk
Bus from Tavistock, Bus Station to Okehampton, McColls
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
dartline-coaches.co.uk
Turners
Website
turnerstours.co.uk
Bus from Great Torrington, Church to Bideford Quay
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
turnerstours.co.uk

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