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Plymouth's subsidised bus services

Helping to get you to work, shopping, school and healthcare…

Most of the city’s bus services are run by private companies on a commercial basis, with the exception of 12 services (less than 5 per cent of the total bus network) which currently rely on financial support from the Council. The financial support provided by the Council allows local bus and taxi companies to run services at times when they would not otherwise operate.

Routes operating during the daytime provide access to employment opportunities at some of the city’s major employers in the city centre, at Langage and Derriford Hospital, education at a number of the city’s schools, colleges and the University, healthcare at both local surgeries and Derriford Hospital, and shopping facilities in the city centre and out of town supermarkets, whilst Sunday services provide links to city centre shopping and leisure activities around Burrator and Wembury.

Most of our supported bus routes are operated by buses but Plymouth has pioneered the use of taxibuses to complement the city’s sustainable transport network.

Please remember that the future operation of these services is dependent upon your continued patronage.  Check our list below to see if Plymouth is helping you to make use of our network of local bus services.

You can find timetables for all of the services below by putting the service number into the search tool of our online timetable book.

The following services have now finished operating for 2015:

Service 48 - Sundays and Bank Holiday only service (Monday to Saturday service runs as advertised with new operator Stagecoach). The Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday service will resume from 26 March 2016.

Service 54 - the Bovisand Beach Bus. Details of future running of this service will be announced when they are available.

Services operated by Plymouth Citybus

Service 14 Derriford Hospital – Ham – Keyham – Devonport – City Centre – Cattedown – Plymstock – Plympton – Langage

  • Daytime and evening service Monday to Saturday. This service is supported through the Council’s successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid and developer contributions from the Vision development at Devonport

Service 28B City Centre – Deer Park/Eggbuckland – Derriford Hospital

  • Sunday and bank holiday evenings

Services operated by Target Travel

Service 7D City Centre – Radford Park – Hooe

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday

Service 18 City Centre – Plymstock – Elburton

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday

Service 19 City Centre – Sainsbury’s (Marsh Mills) – Merafield – Plympton Ridgeway

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday

Service 31 Mayflower Street – Ford Park – Beacon Park

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday

Service 39 City Centre – Compton – Morrison’s – Hartley Vale (some journeys continue to/from St Peters Road and Crownhill)

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday

Service 52 – Plympton – Derriford Hospital

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday

Services operated by Jackett’s Coaches

Service 13 City Centre – Weston Mill – Saltash Passage

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday

Service 25 City Centre – Barbican – The Hoe

  • Daytime service Sundays and Bank Holidays (until Sunday 27 September)

Services run by the St Budeaux Taxibus

Service 223 St Budeaux Taxibus

  • Daytime service Monday to Friday linking Barne Barton, Bull Point, Higher St Budeaux and Kings Tamerton with local health centres and St Budeaux shops and library

For more information on any of the services mentioned above or for general travel information contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33

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