Trains to Plymouth

Cheap Trains to Plymouth

"I'm partial to the Cornish coast, as it's near where I grew up in Plymouth. The views across the water are stunning. I love walking along the sandy beaches and the seafront paths.” Tom Daley

Located between the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar, Plymouth is the largest city On the South coast of England, with the largest naval base across Western Europe. Tourism is perhaps the biggest industry in Plymouth, with almost 12 million tourists visiting each year there are plenty of activities available for everyone. You can go kayaking, sailing, on a gin distillery tour, to an aquarium, or go on a boat trip!

Tip 1: Book quickly for the best deals
Find the cheapest tickets by planning ahead, most cheaper advance tickets are made available by train companies 12 weeks in advance of departure. Demand for these advance tickets can be high so the quicker you purchase them the better. If you're unable to book ahead you could find these tickets available up to 1 hour before you leave but it is best to book ahead if you can.

Tip 2: Give booking fees a miss
There are many ticket retailers who charge booking fees and for using your credit card. At Split My Fare we do neither and only charge a small 10% of any savings we make you by splitting your ticket. If we don't find you a split fare then there's no charge.

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Tip 3: If your train is late then claim a refund
There is no guarantee that your train will always get you to your destinations on time but if it is delayed you could be entitled to claim a refund. Using the Delay Repay scheme, check with the train operating company you are travelling with what their policy is. You might be eligible for a full or partial refund for as small as a 15 minute delay and you can claim this compensation through the company your travelled with.

Tip 4: Off-peak jickets cost less
As the price of tickets is based on the demand for them, a good way to save money is to stay away from busy times of day and if possible also stick to quieter routes to your destination. Avoid travelling at weekendsand during holidays to help find cheaper train tickets to Plymouth.

Plymouth railway station is located on the mainline rail route that goes to London, Bristol, and the Midlands and trains coming from Cornwall railway station also go here. If you’re coming from outside of the West Country, your train will pass through Exeter and Newton Abbot on one of the most scenic train routes in Britain.

Tip 5: Visiting as a group? Book together
There are savings to be made when travelling as a group by train. If a group of 3-9 people book together and take the same off-peak train they can get as much as 1/3 off the price by getting a groupsave discount. The easiest way to do this is if one of the group books with E-Tickets and then sends them to each member of the group. This saves having to pass on lots of paper tickets to different people especially if Split My Fare find you savings with several split tickets.

Tip 6: Return tickets aren't always cheapest
Often when you travel by train you will want to return to the place you departed from and might consider buying a return ticket but this wont always find you the cheapest tickets to Plymouth train station. Two single tickets may acquire you a better deal and if you use Split My Fare we automatically recommend the tickets that make you the greatest savings.

Tip 7: Faster journeys aren't always the cheapest
Passengers are often in a hurry when travelling to destinations and only want to get the quickest trains, our site offers the option to just see these. If you aren't in a rush, we can show you slower trains which might be less direct but might save you money. When you search with us, we will show you the cheapest possible options for you which may include these slower trains.

There are so many things to see and do in Plymouth; it is well worth checking out the City Museum and Art Gallery and The National Marine Aquarium. You can also make a stop at the Gin Distillery, which is the oldest working distillery in England and has been producing gin since 1793.

Tip 8: Look at 1st class ticket options
Surprisingly you could find a first class fare for your journey at a reasonable price or even cheaper than a Standard ticket. Train ticket prices are based on demand so if 1st class tickets are less popular for your journey the price may be lower and make them worth buying. Another benefit is getting a more relaxing journey with comfier seats and free food and drink.

Tip 9: Railcards can help to save money
Railcards give you access to great savings, so it is worth investigating which ones you might be able to get. There are many different types and they are as cheap as £30 per year with some £70 for three years. You also get the benefits of free entry to some attractions and other discounts.

The Two Together railcard which allows two adults can save up to 1/3 on most journeys..

The Family Friends railcard gives a saving of 60% for children and up to a 1/3 on adults for up to 4 adults and 4 children.

The Senior Railcard is is for over 60s and is only £70 for three years.

Disabled passengers can get a Disabled Persons Railcard and save 1/3 off the price of tickets.

There are other types of railcards available including a 16-25 railcard card, a 26-30 railcard and a Network Railcard to use on most trains.

You can check out the Railcard website for more information or buy railcards from a train station ticket office.

Some of the most notable attractions are the Royal Citadel, The Synagogue, Done, Simeaton’s Tower, Merchant’s House, and the Mayflower Steps. All these attractions play a part in the city's colourful history.

Tip 10: Being flexible saves money
Unless you have plans that can't be changed, being flexible is a fantastic way to make the greatest savings. Being able to choose between earlier and later trains or changing dates are all helpful ways to travel for the lowest price. Keep in mind all of our tips and use our booking engine for the best options.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Plymouth?

You can get to Plymouth from London Paddington in just over 3 hours, with trains running regularly.

What is Plymouth famous for?

Plymouth is famous for its golden sandy beaches, meaning it is also perfect for surfing and swimming.