The picturesque seaside resort of Torquay doesn't have an airport of its own. However, Exeter International Airport is close, and from there it's relatively easy to get to Torquay by car or train. It's probably the best choice for travelling by air within the UK, but passengers arriving from abroad will, in many cases, touch down at Bristol airport instead, which is some 70 miles from Torquay.
Just 19 miles to the north-east, Exeter International Airport is the most convenient arrival point for anyone travelling to Torquay by plane. There are regular services from Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and flights from Amsterdam and Paris take 90 minutes or less. Bristol Airport is more remotely situated, but a wider choice of direct flights from around Europe make it the more likely option for international journeys.
Flybe operates services to Exeter International Airport from five locations around the UK, as well as from Jersey, Guernsey, Paris, Amsterdam and Alicante. In addition, passengers can fly from Menorca and Corfu via Tui or from the Isles of Scilly by Skybus. Meanwhile, easyJet provides lots of travel options for Bristol airport, with planes from Barcelona, Berlin, Rome and other major European cities.
Flying to Torquay is surprisingly affordable. Flights from Manchester are the same price or cheaper than the train and take one hour compared to five. Even adding in a transfer from Exeter Airport, it's still very fast. Likewise, flying from Norwich is roughly a third of the price of the train and a fraction of the travel time by rail.
There's a choice of four car hire operators at Exeter International Airport. Torquay is then just a short drive south along the A380, and it would be a shame to visit the area without also exploring the rest of the English Riviera by road. Alternatively, it's a seven-minute taxi ride from the airport to Exeter St David's station, where trains to Torquay leave every half hour during the day. Another way of reaching the train station is by the 56 bus which runs every 30 minutes, starting before 6:00 a.m. and continuing until after 11:00 p.m.