Where is Plymouth?
Plymouth is a port city on the south coast of Devon, in South West England. You’ll find the impressive landscapes of the River Tamar and Cornwall to the west and rugged open spaces of Dartmoor National Park to the north.
Where is Plymouth University?
You’ll find us right at the heart of Plymouth, just across the street from the city's extensive shopping district and surrounded by great culture, heritage and entertainment.
You can explore all of the main routes into the city in our Plymouth route map document.
We’re well connected by road and rail to the rest of the country, and by ferry to Europe.
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From the North
The main route is via the M5 motorway and then continuing on the A38 Expressway via Exeter. Leave the A38 at Marsh Mills interchange and take the A374 which is clearly signed for the city centre. It takes about 3.5 hours from London to Plymouth.
From the West
Leave the A38 at Manadon interchange and take the A386 into the city. It's about 1.5 hours from Truro.
There are plenty of car parks in the city centre within walking distance of the University. A full list and car park maps is available from Plymouth City Council. The nearest are Mayflower House Court, Mayflower Street East and Regent Street. Park and Ride is also a good option for getting into the city centre if you’re travelling by car. Services run Monday to Saturday from three locations around the city. Check if you can help cut the cost and environmental impact of travelling by car with the car share scheme.
Plymouth railway station is just a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The regular train service from London Paddington to Plymouth takes around three to four hours. Other direct services head to Plymouth from across the South West, South Wales, the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland.
For rail enquiries, call +448457 484 950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com.
- It’s sometimes cheaper to buy two separate single tickets, rather than one return ticket – check the train websites for details.
- If travelling from Exeter, avoid the local 'stopping' trains if you can. They’re slower, less comfortable and don’t cost any less than the larger inter-cities.
- Tickets are often much cheaper during off-peak times – check with train companies for specifics.
Brittany Ferries operates car ferry services to Plymouth from Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain). Go to www.brittany-ferries.com for details.
Plymouth Bus and Coach Station is in the city centre, about ten minutes’ walk from the campus. There are regular coach services from most major cities to Plymouth. A typical coach journey from London to Plymouth takes about 4.5 hours.
For coach enquiries, call +448705 808 080 or visit www.nationalexpress.com or www.megabus.com/uk
Rail and coach services connect Plymouth to the regional airports of Exeter, Newquay and Bristol. There are also transport links to Plymouth from London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport.
At Plymouth we’re serious about sustainability. In line with our green travel plan, we’re encouraging people to find alternatives to using cars (unless it’s essential because of a disability). Parking on campus is highly restricted and where available, there is a charge.
There are plenty of car parks in the city centre within walking distance of the University. A full list and maps are available from Plymouth City Council.
Park and Ride is also a good option for getting into the city centre if you’re travelling by car. Services run Monday to Saturday from three locations around the city.
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- South West map image highlighting Plymouth
- Devon and Cornwall road map