Paignton pier


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

More Destinations

  • Torquay with big wheel reflected on water


    Torquay’s iconic palm trees, busy harbour and international marina make it a firm favourite for all the family. Enjoy long relaxing walks along the promenade and pier, or explore the South West Coastal Path for majestic views.

  • Teignmouth panorama


    A classic Devon seaside resort with a long promenade and Victorian pier, Teignmouth is a great place to explore. Arrive on one of the most scenic stretches of railway in the country, and then relax with a paddle in the shallow sea, or enjoy some wonderful food – with fresh, locally-caught fish available on many award winning menus in the town.

  • Train departing Dawlish station for Teignmouth with sea to the right


    Dawlish is a great Regency resort town, famous for the way the railway runs right along the town’s seafront. The town is centred around a wide open green called The Lawn, which is ideal for games and picnics and the famous black swans. The long sandy beach is perfect for summer days of swimming, rock pooling or building sandcastles.