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Cheap train tickets from Plymouth to London

Showing times and prices for 14 Apr

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Plymouth to London is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
South Western Railway
09:124h42
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:54London Waterloo (WAT)
£731One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
08:253h39
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:04London Paddington (PAD)
£791One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:123h21
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:33London Paddington (PAD)
£791One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
10:103h24
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:34London Paddington (PAD)
£791One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
09:273h45
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:12London Paddington (PAD)
£801One-way
1 change

Train timetablePlymouth to London

Showing trains for tomorrow, Sunday, 14 April
Great Western Railway
08:253h39
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:04London Paddington (PAD)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:123h21
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:33London Paddington (PAD)
0 changes
South Western Railway
09:124h42
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:54London Waterloo (WAT)
1 change
Great Western Railway
09:123h18
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:30London Paddington (PAD)
1 change
Cross Country
09:273h45
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:12London Paddington (PAD)
1 change
Great Western Railway
10:103h24
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:34London Paddington (PAD)
0 changes

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Train times from Plymouth to London

Showing times and prices for 14 Apr

Fastest Journey

3 h 18 m

Average

3 h 41 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

309 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Plymouth for London every day 3 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Great Western Railway
09:123h18
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:30London Paddington (PAD)
£801One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
09:123h21
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:33London Paddington (PAD)
£791One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
10:103h24
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:34London Paddington (PAD)
£791One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
08:253h39
Plymouth station (PLY)
12:04London Paddington (PAD)
£791One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
09:273h45
Plymouth station (PLY)
13:12London Paddington (PAD)
£801One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Plymouth to London

distanceDistance191 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 12 min
priceAverage train ticket price£74 (€82)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesGreat Western Rail, CrossCountry or South Western Railway

Trains from Plymouth to London cover the 191 miles long journey taking on average 3 h 12 min with our travel partners like Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or South Western Railway. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £74, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £51. Travellers depart most frequently from Plymouth and arrive in London Euston.

Train providers: Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and South Western Railway trains Plymouth to London

For as little as £42 you can travel by train from Plymouth to London with Great Western Rail, CrossCountry and South Western Railway. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this journey.

South Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, providing services in the south and south-west of England. It operates a variety of train types, including high-speed trains, local stopping services, and suburban commuter trains. It also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for South Western Railway include London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, London Waterloo to Weymouth, and London Waterloo to Bournemouth.

South Western Railway from Plymouth to London train information:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 34 min
  • Cheapest Price: £69

Trains from Plymouth to London

There’s an average of about 25 trains from Plymouth to London on any given day. Trains on weekdays run more frequently than on weekends. During the week, the first train generally leaves just before 05:00, and the last one leaves around 23:30. On weekends, trains generally run from about 08:00 to 20:00, with a night train available on Sundays. The fastest direct journey is about 3 hours, while indirect journeys with one stop may take around 3h 30min.

Plymouth to London Train Time: Daily Departures

On a weekday, when trains are more frequent, you have about 30 journeys to choose from. Trains from Plymouth to London start departing around 04:40, and there are about two journeys every hour, on average, until about 19:50. There are usually not many trains between 19:50 and 23:50, when the night train departs from Plymouth. On weekends, trains start departing around 08:00, though there are some days with a roughly 06:00 start. There is, on average, one train departing every hour at about 15min past.

How long is the journey by train from Plymouth to London?

The fastest train journey from Plymouth to London takes about 3h. There are numerous direct trips and many of them take around 3h 15min or less. Indirect journeys require a change at intermediate stations, such as Exeter St Davis, and can take roughly 3h 30min or more. Be sure to check how long you have for your changeover; if your first train runs late, you may need to find alternative connections to London.

Lighthouse in Plymouth. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Plymouth to London?

Departure train station: Plymouth Railway Station will be your departure station from Plymouth. It is about 0.2 miles (0.3 km) or a roughly 5min walk away from University of Plymouth and about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) or around a 6min bus ride away from central locations such as Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP), in Royal Parade. At the station, facilities include cash machines, public Wifi, accessible toilets, baby-changing rooms, as well as parking spaces for cars and bicycles. Plymouth Railway Station is step free, and there are wheelchairs and ramps available for use.

Arrival train station: London Paddington Station will be your arrival station in London. It is located near Hyde Park, in West London, about 1.4 miles (2.3 km) away from Royal Albert Hall. Central London attractions like the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, are about 2.5 miles (4 km) away, or roughly 16min on the Underground. Paddington Station is open 24h a day, seven days a week, and is served by four Underground lines. It includes facilities such as accessible toilets, baby-changing rooms, showers, free public Wifi, a first-class lounge and several shops and restaurants. Accessibility resources are available, including wheelchairs, mobility scooters and platform ramps. The Heathrow Express leaves from Paddington Station, which takes you to Heathrow Airport in about 15min.

Which train companies travel from Plymouth to London?

The main company operating the Plymouth to London route is Great Western Railway (GWR). GWR runs about 20 journeys daily, including weekends. CrossCountry runs a handful of journeys – around eight a day – but isn’t very active on this route on weekends, and most of its journeys require a change. For quick, direct journeys, keep a lookout for GWR trains.

Night trains Plymouth

There are night trains from Plymouth to London departing after 23:30 on all days apart from Saturday. These are typically direct journeys but can take 5-6 hours, which is 2 hours or so longer than most daytime journeys. If you take the night train, you can expect to arrive in London at about 05:00 the next day.

GWR trains from Plymouth to London

Great Western Railway (GWR) operates about 20 trains every day from Plymouth to London. The fastest GWR journey is direct and takes about 3h. Many journeys are under 3h 15min in duration. Most GWR are direct, but there are some indirect journeys requiring change at stations such as Exeter St Davids, Taunton or Bristol Parkway. During the week, you’ve got about two trains leaving every hour, while on weekends, there’s at least one train running every hour.

CrossCountry trains from Plymouth to London

CrossCountry generally operates the Plymouth to London route only on weekdays. Its departures are typically scheduled at about 30min past the hour, between 07:00 and 19:00. CrossCountry journeys tend to take longer than GWR ones because they require a change, usually at Bristol Parkway. Journeys with CrossCountry last around 3h 45min, and the waiting time at intermediate stations is usually about 10-15min.

Trains from Plymouth to London: Sustainability travel

You can rest assured that travelling by train is a more sustainable choice than, for example, driving or hiring a car. Not only does it involve fewer emissions, but you also have the option to bring your bike on board, or you can park it at Plymouth Station. Once you get to London by train, there’s an extensive network of buses, Underground trains and Overground trains you can use to continue travelling sustainably.

Train Plymouth to London: Services on Board

On GWR trains, the Plymouth to London onboard services include free Wifi, first-class and standard carriages and pre-booked accessibility options like platform assistance, ramp access and wheelchair and mobility scooter storage. In terms of luggage, you can bring a maximum of three pieces, no larger than 12 x 28 x 35 inch (30 x 70 x 90 cm). You can bring a bike on board, but it’s advised to book storage space for it in advance. Up to two pets are welcome; though, they must be on a lead or in a pet carrier, and they cannot enter the dining car unless they’re a certified assistance dog.

How to find cheap train tickets from Plymouth to London?

You can find a bargain for your Plymouth to London train ticket if you keep your date and time flexible. To ensure the lowest price, book well in advance and stay open minded to longer or indirect journeys, as well. Try avoiding commute times and other peak-demand departures for lower prices. There are plenty of options to choose from, with more than 20 daily journeys and two companies operating this route. You can get more ideas for your travels by reading the Omio Window Seat magazine.

man running in London. Source: Shutterstock

To London by train—travel tips

By far one of the most eclectic culture capitals in the world, London enchants visitors with museum exhibitions, theatre shows, historical landmarks and internationally inspired attractions. To get a sense of British medieval history, start with the Tower of London, a World Heritage site and home to the Crown Jewels. You can also visit chambers inside Westminster Parliament and get a sense of Winston Churchill’s World War II operations in the War Rooms at Whitehall. Lovers of international food can head to Chinatown for East Asian restaurants, to Edgware Road for various Middle Eastern cuisines or to one of the many Indian restaurants scattered all around the city. Should you need to escape the city into nature for a few hours, why not head to Richmond Park, Hampstead Heath or Epping Forest for a hike?

  • West End, for live theatre
  • Natural History Museum
  • London Eye
  • Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory
  • ZSL London Zoo, in Regent’s Park

FAQs: Plymouth to London train

FAQs: Travel by train from Plymouth to London easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Plymouth to London.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Plymouth to London can start from as little as £51 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Plymouth to London is £74; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Plymouth to London train travel time is 3 h 12 min   for the 191 mile long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Plymouth to London leaves at 05: 58. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Plymouth to London leaves at 19: 50.
There are 12 trains a day from Plymouth to London which require at least one change with Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or South Western Railway. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
For the best Plymouth to London train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or South Western Railway. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Plymouth and London to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 19: 50.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Plymouth, which is located around 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at London Euston, located 1.8 miles (2.9 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Plymouth to London by train is November.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel from Plymouth to London including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Plymouth and London

Plymouth
London
Plymouth is the most popular Plymouth railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Plymouth for your journey to London.
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Location for Rail Replacement Services: Front of the station

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