16th April, 2024

Salcombe – visit by train and bus

Salcombe is a real Devon gem with its golden beaches, boat trips, top food & drink, art galleries, boutique shops and coastal walks.

It’s easy to visit by train and bus. Take the train to Totnes (just 2 hours 45 minutes from London Paddington), then hop on the bus to Salcombe right outside the station.

Map showing Salcombe rail-bus connection from Totnes railway station

Places to explore

In our video, we visited just some of Salcombe’s highlights, including treating ourselves at Salcombe Dairy‘s ice cream shop and Chocolate Factory, doing some stylish shopping at Will Bees Bespoke, trying the famous Salcombe Gin, and taking in the local art scene at Gallery 5.

For lunch we enjoyed some amazing seafood at the Winking Prawn at nearby North Sands, and then back in town we took the short hop on the ferry across to East Portlemouth beach.

Salcombe Gin
Couple on East Portlemouth beach, Salcombe
Lunch at the Winking Prawn


From Bed & Breakfasts to hotels and holiday cottages, find accommodation to suit you on the official Salcombe tourist information website.

Getting there by train & bus

The train
There are hourly trains from London Paddington to Totnes in Devon, seven days a week. It takes just 2 hours 45 minutes and the journey includes the famous views along the Devon coast.

The bus
At Totnes railway station, head to Bus Stop A right next to the platform. Catch the 164 Tally Ho bus to Salcombe, with departures conveniently timed with trains (buses run hourly Monday-Saturday, less frequent Sundays).

Enjoy an optional stop-off en route in the charming town of Kingsbridge.

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