Wednesday, 26 February 2014

3: Plymouth - Dartmouth

UPDATE 6.8.2015: First are withdrawing from South Devon and this route along with several others will be taken over from 6th September 2015 by Stagecoach. Find details of their plans for the route here. This page will be updated in due course.

Stagecoach route 3 provides a scenic route between Plymouth and Dartmouth. It runs every hour Monday to Saturday daytimes, with a limited Sunday service. Click here to discover other bus routes across the South West.

Places served:


The 3 starts from stop A8 on Royal Parade in Plymouth:


Towards Dartmouth: Broadway East on Horn Cross Road:

Towards Plymouth: round the back of Somerfield on Horn Cross Road:


Towards Dartmouth on the left, towards Plymouth on the right, on the A379:

The Post Office is a bit further in the distance on the left:


Towards Dartmouth: opposite the General Store on Market Street:

Towards Plymouth, opposite the Volunteer Inn on Fore Street:


Towards Dartmouth on the left, towards Plymouth on the right, on Broad Street:

Aveton Gifford

Buses in both directions stop by the post box on Fore Street:


Buses in both directions stop outside this church on the A379:


Buses in both directions stop at the bus station on Ilbert Road:

This map hasn't yet been updated to refect the fact that the 93 is now the 3, but the route through Kingsbridge is the same.


Buses to Dartmouth stop on the right, buses to Plymouth on the left in the distance, on the A379.


Buses to Dartmouth stop on the left, buses to Plymouth on the right at the bus shelter, on the A379:


Buses to Dartmouth stop here on the A379:

Buses to Plymouth stop outside this shop on the A379:


Very few buses a day turn off the main A379 to serve the village itself. Most journeys use unmarked stops at this junction on the main road by the monument (opposite the turning towards Plymouth, adjacent to the turning towards Dartmouth):


These are the stops at Frogwell. The bus is heading towards Plymouth:

Stoke Fleming

Buses to Plymouth stop on the left, buses to Dartmouth on the right, on New Road:


Buses terminate at Dartmouth Pontoon on South Embankment:

This map hasn't yet been updated to refect the fact that the 93 is now the 3, but the route through Dartmouth is the same.


See the timetable here and here.

Here are your links for live scheduled bus times from major stops along the route towards Dartmouth:

...and back towards Plymouth:


The cheapest day ticket that is valid the full length of route 3 is the Stagecoach Explorer at £7.50 for an adult. It is valid on all Stagecoach buses throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

For shorter journeys within Plymouth, the Plymouth Dayrider at £3 is valid on the 3 between the city centre and Elburton. It's valid on all Stagecoach buses within their Plymouth zone.

The Plymouth Plus Dayrider at £4.50 is valid between Plymouth and Ashford. It is valid on all Stagecoach buses within their Plymouth Plus zone, which even extends to Tavistock.

If you'll only be travelling within Plymouth (no further than Elburton on the 3) and also want to use the buses of other operators like Plymouth Citybus, then you need the multi-operator Plymouth Skipper ticket at £4 for a day. It is valid on all buses within the city of Plymouth, regardless of operator.

If arriving in Plymouth by train, you can use a Plusbus Plymouth ticket on route 3 as far as Elburton Hotel/School.


From Plymouth City Centre, these are your major bus connections:
Stagecoach Gold to Totnes and Torquay
Stagecoach X38 to Exeter
Plymouth Citybus 12 to Bude
Plymouth Citybus 11/32A to Liskeard
Plymouth Citybus 72 to Looe and Polperro
Plymouth Citybus 42/46 to Tavistock

You can catch trains to many destinations from Plymouth railway station.

For an interactive bus map of the whole of Devon, showing the routes of all operators, click here.

From Kingsbridge, connect with Tally Ho 606 to Salcombe.

From Dartmouth, you can connect with Stagecoach Gold to Totnes and Torquay. Alternatively, take one of the three ferries (1, 2, 3) across the river to Kingswear, where you can continue your journey with Stagecoach 18 to Brixham or the 120 to Paignton.


Stagecoach Gold provides an alternative route between Plymouth and Dartmouth, changing in Totnes. It doesn't serve Dartmouth on Sundays however.

Tally Ho 94 provides some additional journeys between Plymouth and Yealmpton.

Plymouth Citybus provide several additional routes between Plymouth City Centre and Plymstock.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

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