Okehampton's location at the edge of the moor means that it has always been a route centre. The A30 trunk road now bypasses the town. Okehampton railway station is on the former northerly rail route from Exeter to Plymouth via Tavistock. The line from Exeter remains open for freight traffic to and from Meldon Quarry, two miles (3 km) west of Okehampton. In summer, and at weekends throughout the year, the Dartmoor Railway operates a heritage railway service between Okehampton and Meldon Quarry.
In 1997, Devon County Council revived a passenger rail service from Exeter, on summer weekends only, in an attempt to reduce motor traffic to the national park. As of March 2010 there were plans to reinstate a daily service terminating in Exeter.
Okehampton is served by various bus services from Exeter, Bude, Newquay and Tavistock. First Bus services X9 links from Exeter Bus station via Exeter St Davids to Okehampton and then to Bude. The X10 service ran from Boscastle to Exeter, via Launceston and Okehampton until shortly after the Boscastle flood of 2004, and has yet to be reinstated as of 2012. Other services from Exeter Bus station via Exeter St Davids to Newquay, using the 510 service, but not all services stop at Exeter St Davids.
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