Riviera Line

Paignton is nestled between Torquay and Brixham on the English Riviera, and boasts award-winning sandy beaches, a Victorian pier and a must-visit zoo.

How to visit by train

There’s lots to do in Paignton for all the family:

Splashdown Waterpark
Take on some of the UK’s most exciting flume rides. While you’re at it, enjoy some of the English Riviera’s best views, with the waterpark next to Goodrington Beach.
Website | Goodrington Sands, Tanners Road, TQ4 6LN

Steam train rides
With the Round Robin ticket, from Paignton you can visit Dartmouth and Totnes travelling on a steam train, a river boat and a bus.
Website | Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF (opposite station)

Geoplay Park
Excellent free-to-enter attraction on the seafront. The playpark is based on the English Riviera’s geological history.
Website | Paignton Seafront, TQ4 6AG

For the quieter charms of Brixham, from Paignton station cross the road to the bus station and take a Hop12 bus (every 10 minutes).

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Photos courtesy of the English Riviera Tourism Company.

Coming by train

Paignton station is on the Riviera Line. This begins in Exeter where you can board at either Exeter St David’s or Exeter Central.

50 minutes from Exeter (direct)
1hr 10 minutes from Plymouth (change at Newton Abbot)

Paignton station is in the heart of the town centre, within just a few minutes’ walk of the beach.

Buying Tickets to Paignton




Off-peak day return. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.

Great fares from further afield




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1hr 10min

Approximate journey time




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

Fares explained

1hr 25min

Approximate journey time


Riviera Line

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