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...

Ocean City Sights: Royal Parade > Barbican > Royal William Yard.

Catch the open top Ocean City Sights bus, which will run every 20 minutes from Royal Parade (stop A8 - outside the Theatre Royal), to the Barbican and Royal William Yard.

Buses will run from 16:00 (Royal Parade) 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.

The last service from Royal Parade will depart at 22:00. The first Ocean City Sights service to depart Royal William Yard will be at 16:21, with subsequent services throughout the evening every 20 minutes until 22:21

The front of our Ocean City Sights buses are covered should the weather not be on our side, so you can still enjoy the sights without getting soaked. 

Please refer to the timetable on this page or in the departure bus stops. 

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

Every 15 minutes a shuttle service will be in operation from Milehouse Park & Ride to the Royal William Yard. The return service will run from Royal William Yard to Royal Parade and on to Milehouse Park & Ride.

The first bus will depart Royal Parade (stop A8 - outside the Theatre Royal) at 16:00, stopping at Milehouse Park & Ride at 16:10 and arriving at Royal William Yard at 16:25.

The last bus from Royal William Yard back to Milehouse Park & Ride will depart at 23:00

Please download the timetable on this page or refer to timetables in the departure bus stops for more information. 

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. 

Plymouth Citybus tickets will also be valid on these services, so for example, if you have a Citybus Dayrider, Week or Month ticket, you can use it to board both these additional Illuminate services. 

Concession passes will also 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!