Getting to the Path by bus

Taking a bus or a coach to the South West is usually a more affordable option than taking the train, especially if you book in advance. It also means that you do not have to worry about parking during your visit. Buses and coaches can also be used in combination with trains to reach a greater number of locations along the Path. 

As the South West is a popular destination during peak summer months and bank holidays, bus and coach journeys may take a little longer if you travel at this time, so please do factor this into your journey times.

There are a number of towns along the South West Coast Path that are served by long-distance coach and or bus including:

  • Minehead
  • Ilfracombe
  • Braunton
  • Barnstaple
  • Fremington
  • Instow
  • Bideford
  • Northam
  • Westward Ho!
  • Bude
  • Newquay
  • Perranporth
  • St Agnes
  • Hayle
  • Carbis Bay
  • St Ives
  • Penzance
  • St Erth
  • Porthleven
  • Mullion
  • Lizard
  • Falmouth 
  • St Austell - Ongoing travel to the Coast can be accessed via local bus or taxi
  • Plymouth
  • Brixham
  • Paignton
  • Torquay
  • Teignmouth
  • Dawlish
  • Starcross
  • Sidmouth
  • Lyme Regis
  • Charmouth (Bridport)
  • Weymouth
  • Swanage

The main operator of coach services is National Express.