Saturday, 19 July 2014

72: Plymouth - Polperro

The 72 connects the city of Plymouth with two of Cornwall's prettiest seaside resorts. It runs every hour Monday to Saturday daytimes with a few journeys on Sunday daytimes. The operator is Go Cornwall Bus, part of Go Ahead's Plymouth Citybus. Please check their website for service updates.

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Places served

The 72 starts from stand A3 on Royal Parade:

It also serves this stop at Plymouth Railway Station. Go over the footbridge for the trains.

Here are a few links of things to see and do in Plymouth:

Buses to Polperro use stop 1 at St Budeaux Square on Wolseley Road, within a short walk of St Budeaux Ferry Road and St Budeaux Victoria Road railway stations:

Buses to Plymouth stop opposite at stop 2 outside Domino's pizza:

Buses to Polperro stop on the right, buses to Plymouth on the left on North Road:

Why not stop and take a look at these links about Saltash?:

Buses to Polperro stop on the left, buses to Plymouth on the right, near the footbridge on the main A38 road:

There's a well-regarded 16th century pub in the village, the Buller's Arms.

Buses to Polperro stop on the left, buses to Plymouth on the right at the brick shelter on Quay Road (the A38):

Tideford's only attraction is the Rod & Line pub.

Buses to Polperro stop opposite, buses to Plymouth outside the Eliot Hall on Church Street.

There are a few things of interest in St Germans:

Buses to Polperro stop opposite, buses to Plymouth right by the door of the Copley Arms on the A387:

Why not stop for a drink or a bite to eat in the Copley Arms?

The main stops in Looe are near the bridge on the eastern side of town. Buses to Polperro stop on the left and buses to Plymouth stop on the right on Station Road:

See a map of all bus routes in Looe here.

There are lots of things to do in Looe. Have a look at some of these:

Buses in both directions serve this bus shelter outside the church on Summer Lane:

While here, try a bite to eat in the Jubilee Inn?

Traffic is banned from most of Polperro, so the 72 terminates at this stop opposite the Crumplehorn Holiday Cottages on Langreek Road:

Don't let that put you off venturing into the village though!


See the full timetable on Plymouth Citybus's website.

Here are your links for live scheduled departures from major stops towards Polperro:

...and back towards Plymouth:


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route 72 is the Zone 4 Dayrider at £8.00. It is also valid on all other Go Cornwall Bus and Plymouth Citybus routes.

If you also need to use trains or First buses in Cornwall, then Ride Cornwall at £10 is the ticket you need. It's valid on all Go Cornwall Bus and First buses and all trains in Cornwall, plus over the border to Plymouth. The only condition is that all journeys have to either begin or end in Cornwall.

Plymouth has a multi-operator ticket called the Skipper. At £4 for an adult, it is valid on the 72 between Plymouth and Saltash only, but also on all buses of all operators in and around the city of Plymouth.

If you're arriving in Plymouth by train, then a Plymouth Plusbus ticket has the same validity as the Skipper ticket. On the 72 it is valid between Plymouth and Latchbrook Roundabout in Saltash.


See Plymouth Citybus's network maps here, a map of all bus routes in Plymouth here and all routes in Cornwall here.

Connect in Plymouth for the following major routes and destinations:

Change at Tideford for:
Go Cornwall Bus 11 to Liskeard and Newquay

Change at Hessenford for:
Plymouth Citybus 32A to Torpoint

Change at Widegates for:
Plymouth Citybus 32A to Liskeard

Change in Looe for:
Go Cornwall Bus 73 to Liskeard

The 72 passes close to the following railway stations:


You can take the train from Plymouth directly to St Germans for £4.10 (Adult off-peak day return, travel after 0859 weekdays or anytime weekends) or to Looe with a change in Liskeard for £5.60 (Adult off-peak day return, same restrictions).

Go Cornwall Bus 73 provides additional buses between Polperro and Looe.

Go Cornwall Bus 11 provides additional buses between Tideford and Plymouth.

Between Saltash and Plymouth, you can also use the following routes:

Between St Budeaux and Plymouth, you can also use the above routes from Saltash, plus:

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.

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