How to take the rail journey from London to Plymouth in beautiful Devon

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London to Plymouth by train

There are two options available for taking the train from London to Plymouth:
1: Taking the scenic journey by day,
2. Travelling overnight on one of Europe's smartest night trains.

Routes you can take to go from London to Plymouth

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: travelling by day
Travel Time (approx)

3hr 3min - 3hr 16min



Travel Info

1 or 2 x trains per hour

After 08:00 there is usually one train per hour, but up to two trains per hour are available between 16:00 and 19:00 on Mondays to Fridays
There is also an earlier departure available on Mondays to Fridays.

A few departures on Monday to Friday and Sundays are typically slower, because they take a longer route via Bristol; look out for the journey times of more than four hours.

Journey Summary:

  • Is the journey direct? = Yes
  • Is the journey scenic? =Yes, see the Journey Information
  • What other tourist destinations are located along this route? Exeter and Totness
  • When is the usual approximate earliest arrival at the destination? = before 09:45 on Monday to Friday (train takes a longer route via Bristol); around 10:15 on Saturday; before 11:30 on Sunday
  • When is the usual approximate latest departure? = after 21:00 on Monday to Friday, after 20:00 on Saturday and Sunday
  • Are tickets cheaper if booked in advance? = Yes
  • How soon ahead of travel are tickets typically placed on sale? = 12 weeks; see the Ticket Information
  • What are the child ticket terms? = aged 5 to 15 = 50%; 4 and under = free
  • Does the ticket include assigned seats? = Varies; Yes with Advance Tickets; see the Ticket Information
  • Do rail pass users need to book reservations? = No
  • Is catering available on the train? = Yes; At Seat Catering; complimentary in 1st class

Route Information

Option 2: travelling overnight
Travel Time (approx)

5hr 24min


Not Every Day

Travel Info

1 x train per night, except on Sunday

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