Round Robin

Round Robin

Our best seller, this famous and award winning tour is the best way to explore South Devon! Includes steam train, river boat and bus visiting the quaint towns of Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes.

Download our 2024 leaflet for timetables

Tickets include:

  • Train
  • Ferry
  • Cruise
  • Bus

This award-winning ticket is a favourite with both young and old.  Journey times are: steam train (c.25-30 minutes), short ferry crossing (c.5 minutes), a river cruise (c.90 minutes) and a bus (c.20 minutes). Sit back and enjoy the scenery and we will take care of the rest.  Commentary provided (river cruise only).

Round Robin map

A Typical Day's Itinerary

  1. Bus from Paignton - 20 minute bus journey to Totnes
  2. Cruise from Totnes - 90 minute cruise to Dartmouth
  3. Ferry from Dartmouth - 5 minute ferry crossing to Kingswear but allow 30 minutes beforehand
  4. Train from Kingswear - 30 minute train journey to Paignton
  5. Arrive back in Paignton

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Our best seller, this famous and award winning tour is the best way to explore South Devon! Includes steam train, river boat and bus visiting the quaint towns of Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes.

Journey times are: steam train (c.25-30 minutes), a river boat (c.90 minutes) and a bus (c.30 minutes). Sit back and enjoy the scenery and we will take care of the rest. This award-winning ticket is a favourite with both young and old. Commentary provided (boat trip only).

The Round Robin runs on selected dates from Saturday 2nd April to Thursday 27th October in 2022. Try our itinerary planner when booking your tickets.

To make your life easier, we have created an itinerary planner. Go to the “Book” page where you can view suggested itineraries for all dates. Note: the Round Robin changes daily due to the tides on the River Dart at Totnes.

If you wish to make your own itinerary there is also a facility to do so on the same “Book” page.

Finally, you can download our full leaflet and employ the following steps:

  1. Choose your departure point (Paignton, Dartmouth, Kingswear or Totnes).
  2. Check the sailing times between Dartmouth - Totnes (and vice versa)
  3. Work out your preferred connecting train (allow 30 minutes to cross from Kingswear - Dartmouth and vice versa)
  4. If this doesn't work for you try taking the route the other way round
  5. Check out the bus timetable to complete your planning!
Sadly we cannot guarantee an open top bus will be running, even in good weather - it depends on servicing periods of our buses. The weather does play a factor in our decision as well. If you are particularly looking forward to this part of the journey, it is advisable to ring us on 01803 555872 on the morning of travel to confirm.

Access for limited mobility passengers at Totnes: There are certain high tides at Totnes which reduce to a minimum the number of steps that need to be navigated. This timetable is marked up and shown in blue with these tides to assist in choosing your trip.

2024 Days of the week
May Operating every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays)
June & July Operating every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
August Operating every day except Fridays
September Operating every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
October Operating every Tuesday, Thursday

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Reviews

  • Superb - Just loved the steam train from Paignton and boat trip in Dartmouth. A real old fashioned journey, social distancing in place. Great scenery and v.friendly helpful crew.
  • Perfect day - We have done this several times over the years and is a fantastic day out. The steam train ride is great, but the cruise makes it. The commentary is very good and funny. Would definitely recommend this trip if in the area.
  • Nostalgic - We included a cruise on our trip and spent an hour on the paddlesteamer (the captain pointing out some interesting features and telling a few stories along the way). This was a very enjoyable day and worth every penny.

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