Visit Plymouth for its iconic waterfront, shops, IMAX cinema and more. The station is also the gateway to Cornwall and the Tamar Valley.

How to visit by train

Plymouth’s historic waterfront area is only a 15 minute walk from the station where you can imagine Francis Drake taking in the same views as he looked out on the Armada.

The station is well placed for access to the University and the main shopping centre, Drake Circus.

The Barbican is one of the most popular areas to visit in Plymouth. There are quaint cobbled streets, a picturesque harbour area and loads of independent shops, art galleries, bars and cafes.

The Hoe is a large open space with jaw-dropping views out to sea. Sit and admire the scenery or if you’re feeling more adventurous you could climb to the top of Smeaton’s Tower!

And that’s not to mention the city’s newest attractions: museum and art gallery The Box and the Barcode complex, with its 14-screen cinema, dining and more.

Plymouth is on the Tamar Valley Line Rail Ale Trail. There are six pubs on the trail within walking distance of Plymouth station. One not to be missed is The Dolphin Hotel on the Barbican, it’s one of the oldest pubs in Plymouth and the setting for many of the paintings of famous artist Beryl Cook.

Coming by train

Plymouth station is on the main line between Devon and Cornwall as well as being the start of the Tamar Valley Line. You can hire a car outside the station with Co-Cars.

1 hour from Exeter
1hr 15 min from Truro

From the station it is a short walk into the heart of the city centre, or 15 minutes to the city’s historic waterfront.

Buying Tickets to Plymouth

Calstock to Plymouth



Off-Peak Day Return. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.

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Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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1 hour

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Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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1hr 15min

Approximate journey time


Tamar Valley Line

More Destinations

  • Bere Ferrers station

    Bere Ferrers

    Bere Ferrers is a lovely village set against the scenic backdrop of the River Tavy and sits within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village pub, The Plough Inn, is family run and its menu is freshly cooked using local ingredients.

  • Train on Calstock Viaduct over the River Tamar


    Calstock is a lovely riverside village, just half an hour from Plymouth. Arrive over the Calstock Viaduct then explore the village’s pubs, cafe and ice cream parlour. Take a walk alongside the Tamar and through the woods to Cotehele National Trust.

  • Gunnislake station


    Gunnislake is the final station on the Tamar Valley Line. The village – which is about 0.75 miles from the station – is home to three pubs: the Cornish Inn, the Buccaneer Inn and the Rising Sun Inn. Each of these, plus the Queen’s Head in nearby Albaston, are on the Tamar Valley Line Rail Ale Trail.