Bus & Coach Travel
Current timetables for bus services are available from the Watermark Information Centre in Erme Court.
Stagecoach Gold operates its two 'Gold' routes up to every 30 minutes, 7 days a week between Torquay, Paignton and Totnes. The routes will then connect the English Riviera to either Dartmouth or Plymouth via Ivybridge, with each location benefitting from an hourly service. To read more about the Gold service please click here. Stagecoach also operates the X38 service between Plymouth and Exeter.
Ivybridge is linked by bus primarily to Plymouth, Exeter, Totnes and Torbay. A free bus also takes residents to the Tesco superstore at nearby Lee Mill on two days of the week.
Citybus operates the 20A service between Ivybridge and Plymouth. Please click here for the timetable.
To supplement the local bus service, Devon County Council currently operate a Fare Car scheme for transport to and from some outlying villages. For details of the scheme please contact 01752 895555. For information on the F7 Fare Car scheme please click here.
Nationwide Concessionary Bus Pass
The date of eligibility for the National Bus Pass – for both men and women – is linked to the age at which a woman becomes eligible for a state pension. Please refer to the table on this link to check the date at which you will become eligible for your bus pass.
Concessionary bus travel is also available to those with a disability (subject to certain criteria). Application forms can be picked up from the Watermark Information Centre, Erme Court, Ivybridge (please bring documents to confirm age and address, plus a passport type photograph).
Please note that carers or companions will not receive free travel unless they are eligible for the Concessionary Bus Pass themselves. For information on Concessionary Bus Passes please click here.
National Express Coach
Travelling by Car
Ivybridge’s location just off the A38 Devon Expressway provides the car driver with ready access to Plymouth and Exeter, along with artery routes to Totnes, Newton Abbot and other towns. Local roads provide access within the South Hams and southern Dartmoor.
Ivybridge town centre has easily accessible car parks at Leonards Road, Glanvilles Mill, Harford Road, Keaton Road and Erme Court, all offering a level, short walk to shops and other facilities. Free shoppers’ car parking of up to 2 hours is available in the Erme Court car park (convenient for the Watermark, library and shops). All car parks are operated by the South Hams District Council with the exception of the Keaton Road and Erme Court facilities. A range of cost-effective parking permits is available from the District Council – call 01803 861234 for details. There are limited free “pop and shop” spaces in Fore Street (maximum waiting time 20 minutes) including 2 for disabled drivers. Further allocated parking for people with disabilities is available in both the Erme Court and Glanville’s Mill car parks.
What is it? Car sharing is when two or more people travel together instead of in separate cars. They may alternate between cars, or regularly use a single car and contribute to the costs. The aim is to reduce the number of cars on the road being used to transport a single person. In this way car sharing can help to reduce congestion and consequently improve traffic flow and journey times during peak travel hours. Car sharing can provide a real solution where there is a lack of public transport in rural areas.
It can save you money.
It can reduce pollution from car emissions.
It gives you company.
It can reduce local congestion.
It can save you time.
It can be safer (eg having company if you breakdown).
You can make new friends and meet your neighbours.
It can reduce the use of limited fossil fuels.
Devon County Council promotes a car sharing scheme. To find a car share partner for your regular journey register here.
Ivybridge station offers commuter trains to Plymouth and also services to Truro and Penzance, the south Devon seaside resorts and Newton Abbot and Exeter with onward connections - click here to view the latest local train information. There are also direct high speed rail services to London (Paddington) with the mid-morning train calling at Bristol and Bath. For National Rail information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or telephone 08457 48 49 50 (24 hours).
Additional shelter has now been provided on the Exeter-bound platform and the station has latest technology customer information screens.
The town has an active rail users’ group which publishes local timetables and annual Summer and Autumn "Days Out” leaflets.
A number of railcards (Young Persons, Family and Friends, Senior, Disabled Persons, Devon & Cornwall etc) as well as Ranger and Rover tickets, Group discounts, Weekend First, and other attractive offers are available to help you secure discounted travel. For Senior Railcards contact the Devon Concessionary Office on 01392 383688 and for all other offers telephone 03457 000125 or visit www.railcard.co.uk
Ivybridge is on a very popular route out of Plymouth and has lots to offer. It is a wonderful location and has lots of safe cycle routes nearby for both short distances and longer, from which holiday visitors, shoppers and commuters can all benefit. Ivybridge Train Station is perfect for visitors to bring their bikes from London and First Trains are an excellent cycle friendly company. Cycling is widely acknowledged for its health benefits.
The National Cycle Network 2 (NCN2) runs through Ivybridge, linking Plymouth with Totnes via Rattery. There is also a cycle path within the town utilising the bridleway which commences at the Evangelical Church (at the junction of Leonards Road with Exeter Road) and cuts through to Godwell Lane. Off-road cyclists (and horse riders)may wish to tackle the path created from what was the Redlake railway line – this scenic route runs across the moor alongside the Western Beacon and close to Harford Moor Gate.
Cycle routes which have been recently introduced are:
NCN 272: Dartmoor Way: Circular route of 95 miles around Dartmoor
NCN 28: Salcombe to Ilfracombe, via Ivybridge
NCN’s signed at Ivybridge Train Station
Voluntary Transport Schemes
Ring & Ride and Community Bus
Provided by the Ivybridge & District Community Transport Association, this offers a service for local residents who are unable to use public transport because of mobility problems. A mini bus with a disabled lift facility takes passengers and their carers to Tesco, Sainsbury, Chaplins and Plymouth city centre along with visits to various other shopping destinations and planned outings. Fares vary according to the destination. To obtain details of the trips organised and to book a place ring the co-ordinator on 01752 690444. The office is open between 9am and 12 noon every weekday - outside of these hours a recorded message can be left. Please click here to visit the Association's website.
Voluntary Car Scheme
To complement the Ring & Ride service the Association offers a voluntary car scheme to provide for more one-off journeys to visit the hospital, doctor, dentist, chiropodist and shopping etc. Volunteer drivers use their own cars. Should you need to use this service please inform the office 48 hours before the planned outing. There is a small mileage charge for this service. Some journeys will be provided by the Community Bus. Contact details as per Ring & Ride above. Please note that the Association is always on the look out for new volunteer car drivers, a mileage allowance is paid.
For assistance with getting to Derriford Hospital for appointments contact the Ivybridge & District Community Transport Association in the first instance; please note that people on certain benefits can reclaim transport costs from the Cash Office at Derriford Hospital upon production of a receipt for payment from the Association. If the Association cannot help then individuals will be referred to the “TAPS” organisation on 0845 0539 100.
This scheme offers the loan (for a small deposit) of battery operated scooters and wheelchairs to enable those with permanent or temporary mobility problems to get around town centres more easily; schemes are located throughout Devon in places such as Plymouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Barnstaple and Exeter. For details on all schemes in Devon please click here. https://www.traveldevon.info/accessibility/community-transport/shopmobility/