How to get to Bideford
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How to get to Bideford

Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply looking for a relaxing coastal escape, Bideford has something to offer. To help you plan your journey, this article provides a comprehensive guide on how to get to Bideford by plane, train, and car.

By Plane

If you're travelling internationally or from a distant location, flying to the United Kingdom is the fastest and most convenient option. The nearest major airport to Bideford is Exeter International Airport, which is approximately 80 miles (129 kilometers) away. From there, you can reach Bideford by various means:

  • Car Rental: Upon arrival at Exeter Airport, you can rent a car from one of the on-site rental agencies. Bideford is approximately a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from the airport. Follow the M5 motorway and then take the A361 to reach your destination.
  • Train: From Exeter St David's railway station, you can catch a train to Barnstaple, the closest railway station to Bideford. The journey takes around 1.5 hours. After reaching Barnstaple, you can take a short bus or taxi ride to Bideford.

By Train

Travelling by train offers a scenic and eco-friendly option to reach Bideford. The railway network in the South West of England is well-connected, making it a convenient choice for many travellers.

  • From London: If you're coming from London, you can catch a train from London Paddington Station to Barnstaple, the nearest major railway station to Bideford. The journey takes approximately 4.5 to 5 hours.
  • From Other UK Cities: Various direct and connecting train services are available from cities like Birmingham, Bristol, and Exeter to Barnstaple. Check the National Rail website for schedules and ticket prices.

By Car

Driving to Bideford is an excellent option for those who prefer flexibility and want to explore the scenic landscapes of Devon. Bideford is well-connected to major road networks, making it accessible by car.

  • From London: Bideford is around 200 miles (322 kilometres) from London. Take the M4 motorway towards Bristol, then continue onto the M5. At Junction 27, take the A361 North Devon Link Road towards Barnstaple. Follow the signs to Bideford from there.
  • From Bristol: Bideford is approximately 100 miles (161 kilometres) from Bristol. Take the M5 motorway northbound, then follow the A361 as mentioned above.
  • From Exeter: If you're travelling from Exeter, take the A377 to Barnstaple and then follow the A39 to Bideford.

Local Transportation

Once you arrive in Bideford, local transportation options include buses, taxis, and even ferries to explore the scenic River Torridge. The town is relatively compact and can be explored on foot, but a car can be handy for venturing further afield.

Getting to Bideford is straightforward, with options to suit different travel preferences and budgets. Whether you prefer the convenience of flying, the scenic beauty of a train journey, or the flexibility of a road trip, you can easily reach this charming North Devon town and start enjoying all that it has to offer. Plan your trip, and get ready for a memorable visit to Bideford, filled with stunning coastal scenery, historic charm, and warm hospitality.

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