Better journeys for Plymouth bus passengers

11 months ago Wed 18th Aug 2021

Our new timetables come into effect from Sunday 5th September. The increased reliability of services will make travelling by bus even better.

The majority of changes are to services through routes prone to high congestion. The revised timetables take these into account, so your bus is more likely to arrive at the time it should.

James Church, Commercial and Customer Manager of Plymouth Citybus said: “We’re constantly looking at our timetables and adapting them to our passengers’ needs. Now Covid restrictions are reduced, it’s great seeing more people coming back onto the buses and to be able to provide even more choice for our passengers.”

To cope with the increasing demand for buses, some routes through Efford, Eggbuckland, Crownhill and Woolwell now have extra journeys.

Plymouth Citybus has also been working with the NHS’s Lighthouse Laboratory, extending routes and adding extra journeys to accommodate staff needing to travel from the new Estover site to Derriford Hospital.

Some of the routes crossing the Tamar have also been updated, with extra journeys for service 12 from Plymouth to Bude, and the 172 taking the place of the 72 and including Crafthole.

Full details of the changes are below, and you can also check individual services on each service page and via the Plymouth Citybus app. Timetables will be available in paper format from late August.



8, 9

27, 27B

28, 28A

42, 42C

Extra journeys due to higher passenger numbers

35, 35A

40, 41


44, 44A

61, 62

Timetable changes to account for congestion and improve reliability


Now one bus for public and students – separate buses no longer required

42A, 42B, 42D

Timetable changes to improve reliability.

Later evening journey on the 42B.

Incorporating Mainstone and Estover Industrial Estate to improve links between Derriford and Estover

5, 5A

Replacing service 806 and adjusted to account for school timings

84, 85

Revised route and timings


Replaced with 5, 5A


Change in route to include Powisland Drive


Cross-boundary services:


Route changed to avoid carriageway crossing in Saltash


Returning to pre-Covid timetable, plus extra journeys due to higher passenger numbers


Adjusted to tie in with school times and increase capacity


Route changed to avoid carriageway crossing in Saltash and extended to include Ernesettle


1705 service from Polperro being replaced by service 172


Extended route including Seaton, Downderry, Crafthole, Torpoint and Plymouth