By Road and Rail
National Express and Megabus coaches supply regular services to many major locations in the South West. Onward services that provide bus links to out of the way destinations can be found at www.travelinesw.com or 0870 6082608 to help with advanced planning or of course planning journeys whilst in the region. For details of your nearest National Express agent call 08705 808080 and for National Express travel tickets and credit/debit card bookings, call 08705 808080 or www.nationalexpress.co.uk for Megabus visit www.megabus.com
First Great Western provide regular speedy services between London Paddington, South Wales, the Cotswold’s and the South West (London Paddington – Exeter in as little as 2 hours 10 minutes). First Great Western bookings 0845 7000 125.
www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk. Train times and fares information 0845 748 4950 or www.thetrainline.com
First Southern National for information on bus, rail and tram services including information and online ticket purchasing www.firstgroup.com
South West Trains also provides a rail network across the region www.southwesttrains.co.uk
Virgin Trains operate services from Birmingham, the North and Scotland. Virgin Trains bookings 08457 222 333 or www.virgintrains.co.uk For excellent information on the rail network throughout Devon and Cornwall visit www.carfreedaysout.com. This site gives in depth information on all the rail links and contact details of individual rail stations in Devon and Cornwall.
To enter the region by motorway from the East, choose the M4, taken from the M25, which heads directly into the South West. If you’re heading to the western part of the region, into Devon, join the M5 terminating at Exeter. The estimated direct journey time from London to Exeter is approximately 3hrs and 30 mins.
For deeper excursions into north or south Cornwall the driver can choose between the A30, crossing the top of Dartmoor and continuing on through Bodmin Moor, or the A38 which lies south of Dartmoor and continues further to coastal regions.
The M3 from London offers the chance to take a more leisurely drive to the South West once it joins the A303. The dual carriageway gives the opportunity to pass by Stonehenge – with stunning views of the landmark, and to continue on through small villages and market towns to destinations throughout the region.
From the Midlands and the North of England, the M6 followed by the M5 offers a superb link to the South West, entering the region at Gloucestershire’s northern border to visit the Cotswolds, or pass by Bristol & Bath to go onward to Somerset, Devon, Dorset or Cornwall.
For comprehensive information on flying to the South West please visit our dedicated Flight section on www.visitsouthwest.co.uk where you will find details of all available flights into the region.