Get the bus to Illuminate 2019

Plymouth Citybus is the official Travel Partner for the 2019 Illuminate Light Festival in Plymouth. This year, there will be no parking for festival-goers at Royal William Yard. We are running special bus services throughout the event to make it really easy to get around, dropping you right outside the exhibition points. 

Running from Thursday 28th November until Sunday 1st December 2019, this year's event is set to be bigger than ever. The event is free to attend and will also include installations at the Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe, alongside displays at Royal William Yard. 

To make it really easy and affordable to get around this year's event, we will be running special services on all days of the Festival, as follows...

Travelling from the Barbican, or fancy some sightseeing? 

Ocean City Sights open top: Royal Parade > Barbican > Royal William Yard > Royal Parade 

Catch an open top bus every 20 minutes from Royal Parade (A8), The Barbican or Royal William Yard.

The first bus will depart Royal Parade A8 at 1600 and will stop at the Barbican, Mayflower Steps, Tinside Lido, West Hoe, Royal William Yard, Admiral's Hard, Union Street and back to Royal Parade. Subsequent services will depart Royal Parade (A8) every 20 minutes. The last service from Royal Parade will depart at 2200

The first open top service to depart Royal William Yard will be at 1621, with subsequent services throughout the evening every 20 minutes until 2221

Please refer to timetables in the departure bus stops. 

Travelling from further afield? 

34A Park & Ride: Milehouse Park & Ride > Stonehouse Creek > Royal William Yard > Royal Parade > Milehouse Park & Ride 

Every 15 minutes a car park shuttle will circle from Milehouse Park & Ride to the Royal William Yard (via Stoke) and back to the City Centre, with a return journey to Milehouse Park & Ride.

The first bus will depart Royal Parade stop A8 at 1600, stopping at Milehouse Park & Ride at 1610 and arriving at Royal William Yard at 1625. Buses will then depart Royal William Yard from 1630, then every 15 minutes until 2345 to Royal Parade.

The last bus from Royal William Yard back to Milehouse Park & Ride will depart at 2300. Please refer to temporary timetables in the departure bus stops. 

How much will it cost?

Tickets on either service are just £2. Family tickets can be purchased (2 adults and 3 children) for £5. 

Travelling on both services? Tickets are £3 per person or £7.50 for families. 

Concession passes will be accepted on both services.

The 4-day event will open the Mayflower 400 commemorations, and is inspired by the values of freedom, humanity, imagination, and future. See you there!