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General information
Hambly's Coach Services
Western Greyhound Bus Services
Train services (Looe Valley line and national network)

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General Information

Looe is located in a very rural area and inevitably travel around the locality is not so easy if you do not have your own transport. Looe has quite good connections with other towns by both bus and train services but travel to villages and hamlets which are not on or close to the railway line or bus routes may be difficult. If you can afford it txis are often the most practical and quickest way to make such journeys if you do not have your own car, motorcycle or bicycle. In summer public transport is in reasonable supply on the main routes but winter is, of course, a different thing entirely and you are likely to have a fairly thin and frustrating time of it if you are reliant on bus services in winter. In-between, things are in-between!

Whatever time of year, don't just go looking for the bus believing there will be one every 10 minutes. There won't. Do your homework carefully, especially if you are travelling a longish distance (such as Looe to Polruan or Looe to Plymouth) as if you are not absolutely sure that there will be a return service that day you could be in for a very long walk or an extremely expensive taxi journey. ALWAYS check with the bus driver that there will be a return bus at the time you think there will be, or telephone the bus company beforehand to check. Please only use the timetables on this website as a guide - bus schedules can change with little warning and we may well not have received an up-dated timetable.

There is a guide to public transport in Cornwall called All Cornwall Public Transport Guide. Intending visitors to Cornwall can obtain a copy by visiting www.cornwallpublictransport.info

Unlike mainland Europe, public transport information tends to be relatively difficult to track down and not too easy to understand even when you've got it. But it can be found and, with a little application, even understood - but don't try reading a timetable after a night out in the pub! The Tourist Information Office in Fore Street is a good source of information (and often has supplies of the timetables).

Buses leave from a bus stop near the river bridge, close to the Health Centre.

Hambly's Coach Services

Hambly's have for many years run a number of services including Pelynt-Polperro-Looe and services to Plymouth and Liskeard and very limited services to Trago Mills and Truro. However, Phil Hambly, the owner of the company is retiring - Western Greyhound are extending the routes of two of their services and have made the following announcement on their website:

"Hamblys of Pelynt Phil Hambly will be ceasing to operate his 273 and 279 bus services on 28 October. We have agreed to run some of the services and will be extending our 573 Liskeard to Looe service to Polperro every hour. Alternate journeys will run via Pelynt. We will also be running a new Monday to Saturday 572 service between Polperro, Looe and Plymouth to replace Hamblys service. The other services are being dealt with by Cornwall County Council. We will also be running an occasional service from Looe to Truro for shopping. To view the new timetables for service 572, click here and to see the new timetables for service 573, click here"

We are not clear at present whether the other bus services which were run by Hamblys will continue - it is believed that Cornwall County Council may sponsor some or all of them to ensure the villages and hamlets have some access to public transport - check with their website - click here


Western Greyhound Bus Services

See entry under Hamblys above.

Service 572 (Polperro - Looe - Plymouth) - click here for timetable

Service 573 (Polperro - Looe - Liskeard station and town) - click here for timetable

Looe Valley Railway services

There is a branch line railway between Liskeard and Looe. National network rail services from Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and London and from Birmingham and places further north stop at Liskeard en route to Penzance. Between the end of May and middle of September, the weekday service runs all day (not evenings or night) at intervals of between one and two hours.

A trip on the railway from Looe to Liskeard, or beyond, is a favourite outing for holidaymakers as the Looe Valley line is very scenic. If you have a choice, take the trip at high tide when the river views are best (the railway line runs immediately next to the Looe river estuary for its full length) and avoid very busy times as the trains, which are only two car, can be very full with day visitors.

The timetable for the looe Valley line is available at - www.carfreedaysout.com/looe.htm

This information updated 27 October 2006




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