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

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Train  •  5h 9m

  1. Take the train from Portsmouth & Southsea to Westbury (Wilts)
  2. Take the train from Westbury (Wilts) to Taunton
  3. Take the train from Taunton to Plymouth

£80 - £154

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Bus  •  7h 30m

  1. Take the bus from PORTSMOUTH, The Hard to Bournemouth Station, off Holdenhurst Rd National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bournemouth Station, off Holdenhurst Rd to Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way National Express

£12 - £17

3 alternative options

Train via Exeter  •  5h 9m

  1. Take the train from Portsmouth & Southsea to Salisbury
  2. Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter St Davids
  3. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth

£76 - £161

Drive  •  3h 10m

  1. Drive from Portsmouth to Plymouth 171.5 miles

£29 - £45

Train, fly  •  6h 27m

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

£106 - £322

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The cheapest way to get from Portsmouth to Plymouth is to bus which costs £12 - £17 and takes 7h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Portsmouth to Plymouth is to drive which costs £29 - £45 and takes 3h 10m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Portsmouth to Plymouth station. However, there are services departing from PORTSMOUTH, The Hard and arriving at Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way via Bournemouth Station, off Holdenhurst Rd. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Portsmouth to Plymouth. However, there are services departing from Portsmouth & Southsea and arriving at Plymouth via Westbury (Wilts) and Taunton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 9m.

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The distance between Portsmouth and Plymouth is 138 miles. The road distance is 171.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Portsmouth to Plymouth without a car is to train which takes 5h 9m and costs £75 - £160.

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It takes approximately 5h 9m to get from Portsmouth to Plymouth, including transfers.

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Portsmouth to Plymouth bus services, operated by National Express, depart from PORTSMOUTH, The Hard station.

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Portsmouth to Plymouth train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from Portsmouth & Southsea station.

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The best way to get from Portsmouth to Plymouth is to train which takes 5h 9m and costs £75 - £160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £12 - £17 and takes 7h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Portsmouth to Plymouth.
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  • Distance: 137.9 miles
  • Duration: 5h 9m

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

You can take a train from Portsmouth to Plymouth via Westbury (Wilts) and Taunton in around 5h 9m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Portsmouth to Plymouth via Bournemouth Station, off Holdenhurst Rd in around 7h 30m.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London City to Exeter
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£50 - £350
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Portsmouth & Southsea to Westbury (Wilts)
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
£17 - £26
Advanced Single
£18 - £26
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £55
Train from Westbury (Wilts) to Taunton
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£19 - £35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
£12 - £19
Advanced Single
£13 - £19
Anytime Day Single
£19 - £35
Train from Taunton to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £65
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
£19 - £29
Advanced Single
£20 - £29
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £65
Train from Portsmouth & Southsea to Salisbury
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£20 - £40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
£12 - £19
Advanced Single
£13 - £19
Anytime Day Single
£20 - £40
Train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£21 - £40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
£13 - £20
Advanced Single
£14 - £20
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £40
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Taunton to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
£25 - £40
Anytime Single
£35 - £60
Off-Peak Single
£29 - £45
Train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
£20 - £35
Anytime Single
£30 - £45
Off-Peak Single
£20 - £30
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Salisbury to Exeter St Davids
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £80
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£35 - £50
Anytime Day 1st Class
£65 - £80
Train from Portsmouth & Southsea to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£30 - £65
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£50 - £65
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 PORTSMOUTH, The Hard to Bournemouth Station, off Holdenhurst Rd
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£5 - £7
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National Express
Bus from Bournemouth Station, off Holdenhurst Rd to Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Book at
National Express

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Portsmouth to Plymouth is 171 miles. It takes approximately 3h 10m to drive from Portsmouth to Plymouth.

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Flybe offers flights from London City Airport to Exeter Airport.

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