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Getting to Dartmouth

Travelling by Car
From the east you would normally come down the M5 and decide on your final route at Exeter.  The A303 is picturesque but often time consuming, better avoid it.  The ferry in June/July/August can have a 1 hour wait from 8:30AM until 4:00PM, it is the ultimate way to arrive though!  From the west take the A30/A38 and turn off at Buckfastleigh.

By car & ferry, the romantic way to enter Dartmouth        

Higher Ferry times
Monday to Saturday - First ferry (from Dartmouth) is at 7.00am and last ferry (also from Dartmouth) is at 10.45 pm. There is one final ferry back from Kingswear at 10.50pm.

Sunday - First ferry is at 8.00am - otherwise the same times.

Lower Ferry times
7am to 10:55pm Mon to Sat

8am to 10:55pm on Sundays
The last ferry runs from Dartmouth. They don't run at all on Christmas Day and don't change their hours at Regatta.

By motorways, the fast way
If choosing to travel on the A38, you need to leave at the junction signposted to Totnes taking the A384 to Totnes. On reaching Totnes turn right at major set of traffic lights following signs to Dartmouth - distance of approximately 12 miles.

GPS Navigational Coordinates
Latitude 50.3518 N
Longitude 3.5791 W

Travelling By Air
For general information on all inbound flight options to the South West visit: (travel pages)

Exeter Airport (30 miles)
For all flight options to Exeter Airport visit:

Bristol Airport (108 miles)
For all flight options to Bristol Airport visit:

Travelling By Rail
Nearest main line station with direct service to London is Totnes - 12 miles Journey time from London to Totnes approximately 4 hours.

National Rail Enquiries
telephone 0845 748 4950 or visit:, or

Travelling By Coach
Nearest National Express departure point is Totnes - 12 miles
Dedicated booking line: 08705 808080 or visit:

Travelling By Sea
Public ferries to Spain and France available from Plymouth Ferry Port - 35 miles  Dedicated booking line: 08703 665 333 or visit:

Travelling by Private Boat
Visit for full details

Taxi and Private Hire
Kestrel Taxis 01803 832 526
Devon Taxis 01803 833 778
Blue Bird Taxis 01803 833 522

Thanks to The Royal Castle Hotel for permission to reproduce their directions.  © Castle Hotel

Parking in Dartmouth

Dartmouth is a small and beautiful place, if it had a multi story car park in its centre, you probably would not want to come and visit!  Please check with your accommodation supplier if and where their parking is.   If they have a Mayors Avenue season pass you will be able to park there  but not in the reserved spaces, there are occasionally times when it is full and you may have to wait an hour, at night there is almost always room.

Mayors Avenue car park is £5.40 a day and free from 18:00 to 08:00  from 1st November to 24th March.   £4.80 for 4 hours and £1.00 from 18:00 to 08:00 from 25th March to 31st October (all day parking is not allowed during high season).

On-street parking is limited to 1 or 2 hours except for a very few spaces that are unrestricted, best known to locals who use them all!

Dartmouth has a very large nearby Park & Ride that from Easter to October is just £4.00 per car per day and £10.00 per car per day in Regatta week.

You can see the current car parking charges in the area by clicking here.

© Dave Cawley