Explore East Devon by bus

If you’d like to explore East Devon but don’t have a car and fancy something a little less energetic than cycling or walking, why not explore East Devon by bus?

There’s a myriad of bus routes that will take you across East Devon with the added bonus of delightful scenery to enjoy on the way.

Here’s a selection of our recommended East Devon bus routes.

The Jurassic Coaster

Five buses service the Jurassic Coast route and allow you to take in some of the most spectacular views of the historic Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coaster is ideal if you’d like to walk a section of the South West Coast Path as it gives you the option of travelling out or back by bus.

Our favourite is the X53, which runs from Axminster to Weymouth via Lyme Regis, as we think it gives you the best scenic views.

See the Jurassic Coaster timetable here.

Sidmouth Hopper

The free Sidmouth Hopper bus service runs throughout the summer and takes a circular route from Sidmouth to Salcombe Regis and back.

You can hop off and hop on the service throughout the day and enjoy the many attractions en route including the Norman Lockyer Observatory, the Donkey Sanctuary, and the breath taking views at Salcombe Hill.

See the Sidmouth Hopper timetable here.

Stagecoach Route 9 and 9A

Routes 9 and 9A both pass through Sidmouth on their journey from the cathedral city of Exeter and provide several options for a good day out.

Route 9 takes you to the lively market town of Honiton. Set in the heart of the East Devon countryside, Honiton is best known for its lace, pottery, and antiques.

Route 9A runs to the coastal Dorset town of Lyme Regis, famous for fossil hunting, the historic Cobb and an iconic harbour.

Travelling in the opposite direction, the journey to Exeter from Sidmouth takes under an hour. Once you’ve arrived, there are a wealth of attractions to enjoy from shopping to sites of historical interest and leisure activities.

Find the Stagecoach 9 and 9A timetables here.

After a busy day touring the delights of East Devon, what could be better than returning to a revitalising afternoon tea served to you in your favourite spot in the Royal York & Faulkner Hotel?

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