You can get to Salcombe by plane, train and automobile. For 70 years, from 1893 to 1963, there was a train that went from Totnes to Kingsbridge but the growth in the popularity of the motorcar meant it was eventually shut down. Amazingly, there was even a plan to open a line from Kingsbridge to Salcombe! The terminal was to be at Snapes Point with a ferry taking people from the peninsular of land over to the main town! We wonder how different Salcombe would be if that railway had been implemented…

Flying to Salcombe

Your best airport to fly into is Exeter. Flights come in from Edinburgh, Guernsey, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Belfast City, Jersey, Isles of Scilly and various European cities.

Driving to Salcombe

Driving from London will take around 4.5 hours (traffic permitting) either via the M4 or via the A303. Either way, you’ll join the M5 which connects Devon to the north. Once arriving in Salcombe, it’s best to leave your car parked and enjoy life at a slower pace during the summer. For winter visits, a car can be useful for pootling along the coast or country lane cruising. On a slightly related note, we’ve found this hilarious tongue in cheek video about tourists driving to Salcombe in the 90’s!

By Rail

There are regular trains from London Paddington and London Waterloo to Totnes train station with First Great Western ( Your journey will take just over three hours from London Paddington and a little longer from Waterloo. Either way, there is a 30-40 minute taxi ride from Totnes train station to Salcombe.

Taxi Numbers Salcombe

Even at train stations, it can be hard to find a cab, so book your pick‑ups ahead. We recommend using these Salcombe taxi’s where you should expect to pay around £40 one way into Salcombe from Totnes station.

Ultimate list of Salcombe Taxi Numbers


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