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Shuttle Bus

The market takes place on the first Sunday of the month and the shuttle bus route runs in a loop from the City Centre to Royal William Yard and back every half hour. It has never been easier to enjoy all there is to discover and do at our award-winning destination.

Here's all you might need to know about the shuttle bus:

Where can I catch the shuttle bus?

The shuttle bus service operates in a loop between Royal William Yard and Plymouth City Centre. Take a look at our map below. These are the pick-up/drop-off points:

City CentreAt the junction of Union Street and Bath Street, next to The Depo
MillbayAt the corner of Millbay Road by the One Stop shop (dropping back on the opposite side of the road by Millbay Academy)
Royal William YardAt the bus stop nearest the arch on the roundabout outside of Royal William Yard

What do I need to look out for?

There are no Royal William Yard signs/ branded bus stops, you just need to head to the locations listed and the shuttle bus will be along. The service is run by Tamar Coaches – which is usually a single decker orange and white bus – that says RWY on its display. Please check the times below to help ensure you don't have to wait too long.

What are the operating hours of the shuttle bus service?

1st Sunday of the Month10.00 - 15.30

The shuttle bus service operates on the first Sunday of every month, to support visitors to Royal William Yard’s Good Food & Craft Market. The service runs from 10am to 3:30pm. The bus may also run on additional days to support specific events at Royal William Yard (i.e. Pirates Weekend) and this will be advertised in advance.

How long does the journey take between Royal William Yard and Plymouth City Centre?

The duration of the journey always depends on traffic conditions and other factors, but the average journey takes 10-15 minutes.

Is there a fee to ride the shuttle bus?

No, the shuttle bus service is free for all passengers – it’s a hop on, hop off service. There is no charge to use the service, making it a convenient and cost-effective option to reach Royal William Yard. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis and cannot be booked.

Can I park in town and use the shuttle bus?

Yes, the shuttle bus service means you can make use of multiple car parks in and around the City Centre, then jump aboard from one of our pick-up points. Our map shows the various public car park locations. For example, you can park at Western Approach car park all day for £5.50, Brunel Way car park for £4 for 12 hours, and Martin Street car park £4.40 for 24 hours.

Can I bring luggage or bicycles on the shuttle bus?

Yes, passengers are welcome to bring small luggage items or foldable bicycles on board, subject to space availability. However, please be considerate of other passengers and ensure that your belongings do not obstruct pathways or seating areas.

Are pets allowed on the shuttle bus?

Yes, well-behaved pets are permitted on the shuttle bus, provided they are kept under control and do not cause any inconvenience to other passengers or the driver. Please ensure that your pet is on a lead or appropriately restrained during the journey.

Is the shuttle bus accessible for passengers with mobility needs?

Yes, the shuttle bus is wheelchair accessible, with designated spaces available for passengers with mobility needs. If you require assistance boarding or alighting the bus, please notify the driver, who will be happy to assist you.

Can I use the shuttle bus if I am not attending the Good Food & Craft Market?

Yes, the shuttle bus service is available to all passengers heading to Royal William Yard, whether you're going to the market, or visiting to eat, drink, shop or take part in any activities.

What other ways are there to reach Royal William Yard?

You can reach Royal William Yard on foot, by car, bus, Beryl bike, or by ferry. Take a look at the different optionshere.
From the City Centre, you can catch the Plymouth Citybus 34 Service to the main gate of Royal William Yard in under 10 minutes. The 21/21A service travels through Stonehouse, which is a 10 minute walk away. The Royal William Yard, Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe Ferry is ideal for families looking to make a day of it and explore the waterfront. The ferry timetable is available here.

How can I provide feedback or report any issues related to the shuttle bus service?

We welcome your feedback and suggestions to help us improve the shuttle bus service. We try to provide a member of the team onboard the shuttle bus to provide support and answer any urgent questions.

We do not advise messaging us with shuttle bus questions via social media, as the team may be unable to respond on busy event days. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, you can email yardlife@royalwilliamyard.com. Please note that our social media channels and email address are not monitored 24/7, but the team will respond as soon as possible within working hours.