Train services (Looe Valley line and national network)
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General InformationLooe 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 taxis are often the most practical and quickest way to make such journeys if you do not have your own car, motorcycle or bicycle. (Call 01503 262 405 to contact Looe Taxis) 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.
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.
Looe Valley Railway servicesThere 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.greatscenicrailways.co.uk/looe.htm
This information updated 24 July 2015