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A guide to public transport in Devon

One of the main challenges when arriving in another country is often getting to grips with the public transport system. Here are some tips and tricks on using public transport in Devon that will hopefully save you time and money:

Smartphone support

Since roaming charges were dropped between EU countries last year, using a smartphone without Wi-Fi has become far easier. There are a number of apps available for navigation on public transport, here are some of the main advantages of the some of these apps:

Google Maps – Great public transport features, giving you various options e.g. fewer changes, less walking etc. It’s also possible to highlight an area on the map and download it for use offline.

HERE WeGo – Another good option that has public transport features and the option to download maps for an entire country – preventing getting lost in areas without signal.

Moovit – This app is specifically designed for using public transport with great real-time instructions.

Best bus options

If you’re travelling by bus to work daily, then a bus pass is probably the best option. Stagecoach offer weekly and monthly Megarider tickets for unlimited transport within specified zones. We can provide TTPL students assistance with organising these passes, alternatively it’s possible to purchase weekly Megarider passes on board Stagecoach services.

Stagecoach also offer Dayrider tickets which offer unlimited travel in a specified zone for one set price. More recently a great value Group Dayrider was also introduced. This is a great ticket to use if you are in a group and want to visit somewhere new – for example a Torbay Group Dayrider costs £10 and is valid for up to 5 people, meaning for as little as £2 each, you can get to as far as Dawlish Warren, Totnes and Kingswear.

Travelling by train? Tickets explained

When buying train tickets, there are a few options available that can save money:

Groupsave – If 3 or more people are travelling by train, asking for a GroupSave ticket will save 1/3 the cost of an individual fare.

PlusBus – If you need to get a bus after your train journey, asking for a PlusBus ticket adds unlimited travel in certain locations for a small additional fee. This is particularly good option for day trips to places like Bristol and Bath.

Off-peak or anytime? This can be confusing! Off-peak tickets are cheaper and the best option but not available to use services at peak times. Using the National Rail journey planner is a good way to check if the service you plan to travel on accepts off-peak tickets.

Advance savings

If you’re travelling a longer distance by coach or train, booking in advance can lead to some serious savings. If you’re planning a trip to the likes of London, coach is perhaps the cheapest way to travel. The National Express website is a good place for more information.

Travel by train can be faster but often more expensive, however advance savings can still be had.

Check out National Rail or the Trainline for more.

Don’t get left behind!

Lastly, it may sound obvious to some, but if your bus is passing, be sure signal the driver by holding out your arm to ensure you're not left behind!