Stagecoach’s open tops return to Torbay

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Stagecoach South West’s ‘Golden Hop122’ open-top service returned to the English Riviera on Saturday, March 24 for the second year running.

The buses run up to every 20 minutes, seven days a week, and connect Babbacombe & St. Marychurch, Torquay, Paignton and Paignton Zoo.

The route takes in a number of the area’s popular hotels and attractions, passing Babbacombe’s Theatre, Cliff Railway and Model Village for the first time.

The route’s traditional scenic views have been expanded upon for 2018, as the return leg from Paignton Zoo is now via Penwill Way – where customers can disembark for Torbay Leisure Centre, Splashdown Quaywest and Goodrington.

‘Golden Hop’ buses are distinguished by their yellow liveries, each adorned with a ‘bus hopper’ animal character.

As in previous years, local attractions host their very own ‘bus hopper’; customers can pick up a free Adventurer’s Passport to guide them around the Bay so they can experience all that it has to offer, collecting free stickers along the way.

Adult or child Torbay Dayriders are available, and can be purchased through the Stagecoach app as well as onboard.