Cycling in Devon - public transport
Once in Devon, bus and train services offer cyclists the opportunity to explore further a field and plan circular routes. In addition, you will be reducing congestion and pollution in sensitive areas and supporting a local service. Special Rover Tickets can be obtained in some cases.
Cycles are carried on all trains from Exeter stations but at peak times space is at a premium.
The rail companies have different cycle carriage policies and varied space available.
First Great Western 125 high speed trains have space for up to 6 cycles in coach A, advance booking is free
Cross Country trains carry up to 4 cycles in Coach F in a 4 or 5 carriage train–this is normally the opposite end of the train to the 1st class carriage –advance booking is free and required.
First Great Western local trains carry cycles on a first come first served basis, no booking is required but space is limited to 2 cycles on single carriage trains though there is often more on multiple coach trains.
South West Trains carry up to 2 cycles in a small compartment in one of the (3) carriages –booking is free and required.
If in doubt you are advised to check the rail company’s cycle carriage policy.
At Exeter St. David’s Station there are many cycle parking racks inside the station on platform 2..
Cycle carriage on trains
Cycles are carried by all rail companies with a service in Devon, although they all have different policies. It is always wise to check!
- maximum 6 cycles carried on High Speed Trains (HST-125) and Adelante trains, tandems accepted, cycles carried on HST trains in front of Coach A; on Adelante trains in front of Coaches A and E , advanced reservation is strongly recommended; no charge is made for carriage of cycles.
- Cycle capacity varies (normally maximum of 4); booking required, free of charge. Cycle carriage usually Coach F; opposite end of train to First/Club Class.
- Free of charge subject to space on the train.
Tandems - in most cases tandems are difficult to accept, please contact the individual rail companies to check.
Devon has an extensive network of local bus services which can be used to travel to towns adjacent to many of the cycle routes. You will be able to find cycle hire shops in these towns, just ask at the local Tourist Information Centre.