Somerset County Council

Taunton Park and Ride


Service operating times: 

Monday to Friday 6.40am to 7.30pm 
Saturday 7.30am to 6.20pm 
Sunday and Public Holidays: No service 

The services are provided by accessible low floor buses.

There are two Park and Ride sites:

  • Silk Mills, Silk Mills Road, Taunton, TA1 5AA - situated on Silk Mills Road on the west side of Taunton.
  • Taunton Gateway, Ruishton, Taunton, TA3 5LU - situated near Junction 25 of the M5 on the east side of Taunton.  

Site opening times:
Monday to Friday 6.30am to 8pm
Saturday 7am to 7pm

The Taunton Park and Ride sites have large car parks and staffed information centres, with waiting facilities (and public conveniences at Silk Mills).

  • They provide free parking all day 
  • There is no overnight parking.
  • Cycle parking areas are available. Please see staff at the site for more details.
  • The height barriers at both sites are 3.5 metres high.
  • The two Park and Ride facilities operate to provide a complete cross town service through Taunton. 
  • You can buy your ticket on the bus.

How much does it cost? 
Taunton Park and Ride Fares from 7 April 2015:

  • Adult Day Return £2.40
  • Child Day Return £1.40 (5-15 years old inclusive) 
  • Shopper Special Ticket £1.70 per car.
    Valid for up to 5 people travelling in the same car, who must travel together on both journeys. Available for use 10am to 4pm on Mondays to Fridays only. 
  • Group ticket £6.00 (up to 5 people travelling together; valid on the day of purchase only). This ticket makes travel into town even cheaper for groups of people who car share to the site. To find a car share partner please register and search for potential matches on Somerset Car Share Scheme using the link under Information and Resources 
  • Weekly ticket £10 
  • Flexirider £12 (allows 12 single journeys; valid for one calendar month from the day of issue) 
  • Calendar monthly ticket £33 
  • Annual season ticket £330  
    Please contact us for further details regarding this option or complete the application form

There are no concessions for English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Pass Holders.

Routes and timetables

Buses leaving both Park and Ride sites between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, will stop at Parkfield Drive near Musgrove Park Hospital instead of Somerset College.

All other buses serve Somerset College as usual, apart from the last 3 to Silk Mills in the evening. 

The Park and Ride also serve stops in both directions outside the TA Centre on Mountway Road throughout the day.

Monday to Friday
First departures into town at 6.40am 6.55am and 7.10am from both sites

Peak: Every 10 minutes (7.40am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6pm)

Off Peak: Every 15 minutes (9.30am to 4.05pm)

Last 3 departures from town to Gateway are at 6.58pm, 7.13pm, and 7.30pm. 

Last 3 departures to Silk Mills operate via Musgrove Park Hospital instead of Somerset College and are at 7pm, 7.15pm, and 7.30pm.

Every 15 minutes from 7.30am with last departures from town centre at 6.15pm to both sites.

Sunday and Public Holidays: No service

For more information on the park and ride sites including details of routes, stops and journey times please see the 'Taunton Park and Ride’ leaflet.

Lost property
Please contact First Bus lost property on 01823 211180

You can find a map of the park and ride route with the stops east bound and west bound below. View a larger map.


Contact: Transporting Somerset
Address: PPC302, Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Contact no: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.

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