From Bristol on the M5, Torquay can be reached in 1½ hours if you avoid the peak periods which can a significant amount of time to your journey, especially around Newton Abbot where the dual carriageway ends. Compared to other areas of Devon, it is one of the easier destinations to reach by road.
Torquay is served by a main line rail connection up to London, the Midlands and beyond, though many services require a change at Newton Abbot or Exeter.
The nearest airport is Exeter, some 30 miles away, where it is possible to hire a car for onward travel. Using public transport to reach Torquay from the airport requires a bus into and out of Exeter, so an airport transfer service maybe an easier way to reach Torquay, which should take less than 45 minutes.
Once in Torquay, there are a number of ferry trips from the harbour across the bay to Brixham or around to Dartmouth which can be a more relaxing way to travel around and enjoy the area.
Or for something completely different ‘travel’ experience, the recently installed Hi Flyer hot air balloon gives a different perspective on Torquay. The travel may be up and down only thanks to the guy ropes but the views are rewarding – remember to take a camera to capture the natural beauty of the English Riviera.
Parking in Torquay
If you are staying in Torquay for a week, it may be worth buying a weekly car pass which allows you unlimited parking in any Council car park in Paignton, Torquay or Brixham all week. They currently cost £26.50 and are available from Tourist Information Centres. Recommended for exploring the bay! Find out more.