Getting around Torquay

Helpful information about how you can leave the car behind and get around Torquay and beyond.

Getting around Torquay

Torquay has excellent taxi services which is a good thing indeed because Torquay is quite hilly. Gresham is a gentle uphill walk from the seafront and main throng but you never know when you might fancy taking a taxi instead of walking and you’ll almost never wait longer than 10 minutes for one.

So there’s Torbay Taxis 01803 211 611 they’re great and they send you confirmation notifications when you order and then when the taxi is dispatched and then when it’s outside waiting for you.
Also good is Torbay Cab Company 01803 292 292.

Torquay is blessed with a very good bus service. The main hub or terminal area where most Torquay buses stop is on the Strand outside (the now closed) Debenhams which is just a five minute walk from the Gresham.

You can catch the open top or sightseeing bus from the Strand and it’s a great and relaxing way to get a really good view of Torquay.  It operates a circular route from Babbacombe to Roselands beyond Paignton and goes every 30 minutes. You can hop on and off and take time to visit attractions and really make a day of it.

Torquay has a mainline (London Paddington to Torquay!) train station which is nearly on the seafront and another station, Torre which is about a mile further on. Trains run regularly to Paignton  where you can start your Steam Train tour to Kingswear and Totnes which is great for all sorts of quirky little shops and cafes and it has a regular market and Plymouth and Exeter both also great for shopping and lots of attractions.

This is a real blast from the past all that chugging and whistle blowing, it’s so Railway Children and really a lovely way to see the countryside.The Dartmouth Steam Railway starts from Paignton station, the access point for the steam train is just adjacent to the mainline station (you go over the train tracks). So it follows the coastline to Kingswear where you can stop or take the short ferry across to Dartmouth where you can take a one hour cruise down to Dittisham or a 90 minute cruise to Totnes and then make your way back to Paignton although you can also take a steam train from Totnes to Buckfastleigh! You can make a real day of this by taking time to explore Dartmouth and Totnes. The steam train timetable operates within a sort of ’round robin’ system including a bus to take you from and back to Torquay as well. It’s a day very well spent indeed!

This is quite a cute little thing, carriages attached to an engine being driven around which goes in a circular route around Torquay from 9.30am to 4pm. You can pick it up at loads of locations around Torquay and it does save a lot of walking which can be very helpful on a hot day and come to think of it, on a wet day!

You can hire an electric bike for a half (£30) or a whole day (£50) from WESUP at Torquay Harbour. These great little gizmos take all the effort and sweat out of cycling around Torquay (that’s Torquay that’s built on 7 hills!) and beyond into Paignton (3 miles away) and even Brixham (8 miles away). They even fold up which means you can pop them in your boot and use them further afield or even take them on the train and use them when you get to your destination. Such a good idea!

Instead of driving or taking the bus, you can take a ferry from Torquay Harbour/Marina to Paignton, Brixham and even Dartmouth. There’s also lots of boat trip operators that will take you out to go looking for sealife like dolphins and seals. It’s also a great way to see the coastline.

Hiring a fishing boat for 2 to 6 hours (all day) is not cheap but makes sense for groups of 6 to 8 people. It can be a great fun way to spend a day and these boats have motors and are steered using a steering wheel so they’re quite simple to operate, You need water common sense but you don’t need to be an old tar.

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