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About Exeter

Located on the River Exe in the southwest of England, Exeter is one of England's most historically-varied towns. It's easy to forget what year it is while walking down the cobbled streets surrounded by Roman ruins, medieval architecture, and Georgian facades interspersed with modern glass buildings and contemporary bars.

One of the greatest examples of this town's historical architecture is Exeter Cathedral. The 12th-century building took around 300 years to complete, but every moment was worth it for the exterior’s extremely detailed stonework. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is another unmissable building, housing a wide range of attractions from antiquities to zoology.

Take a walk along Exeter's historic quayside for some of the most spectacular scenery in the city, as well as some of Exeter's best bars and restaurants. If you're looking for something to entertain the children, Crealy Great Adventure Park is the place to be. The park contains over 60 rides and an Animal Barn showcasing farm and exotic animals.

Exeter can be easily reached from London via the Great Western Railway, with trains leaving roughly every hour from the city. Trains arrive at Exeter St. David's station, only a short walk away from the city center. In addition, National Express and Megabus provide bus services to the town from various locations across the country.

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St David's Train Station is the principal railway station that serves Exeter. Great Western Railway and CrossCountry operate several routes through this station, the most popular being the line to London Paddington. The station is a 15-minute walk from the city center, but frequent local bus services also connect to the rest of Exeter. Inside the station, you'll find a bookshop and cafe along with amenities like restrooms and notice boards with train information. Several local shops, a Premier Inn Hotel, and a rental car agency all await right outside of the station.

Popular train stations in Exeter:

  • Exeter St David's

  • Exeter Central Station

What train companies travel to Exeter, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, Exeter is accessible by train from one other city. You can choose from 6 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Exeter on Wanderu. West Midlands Railway usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Exeter are also available..

Train companies serving Exeter

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
West Midlands Railway53h 26m€131.54
CrossCountry33h 23m€136.64
Great Western Railway22h 38m€77.17
Transport For Wales23h 9m€73.57
ScotRail18h 48m€216.59
South Western Railway13h 18m€65.50
  • CrossCountry operates an extensive rail network in the U.K., centered in Birmingham. In standard class, passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms. Trains also contain a small café or a trolley that passes through the carriages. An upgrade to first-class gives passengers more legroom and complimentary food.

  • ScotRail is Scotland's main rail company, with destinations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen. ScotRail trains now offer complimentary WiFi, as well as onboard restrooms and catering on both suburban commuter routes and intercity services.

  • UK's South Western Railway operates passenger rail services in London's, Windsor, Reading, and Southampton. Both standard class and first-class seating are available, with the first-class section clearly marked and physically separated from the rest of the train by internal doorways. These cars offer more space and quiet away from the more crowded areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

€65.50 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Exeter, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Exeter. In the last month, trains from London to Exeter had the lowest average price at €70.74.

The busiest train station in Exeter is Exeter St David's. As Exeter's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Exeter Central Station.

The closest airport to Exeter is Exeter Intl Airport (EXT), it is located 5.4 miles from the city center of Exeter.
Exeter is the most popular train destination in Devon. It also ranks number 24 in United Kingdom. Exeter has the most train connections in the region. There are 6 train schedules arriving in Exeter each day.
The population of Exeter is 117763. Exeter ranks number 1 in terms of population in Devon and number 14 in all of United Kingdom.
Train tickets to Exeter range from for a short trip to Exeter, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Exeter starts at , and a longer trip by train to Exeter can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as €66.
The closest train station to the city center of Exeter is Exeter Central Station, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Exeter Central Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Exeter. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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