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Getting here

Getting Here

Excellent road, rail and air links make Exeter conveniently close to the rest of the UK. Wherever you are, you are not far away from the breathtaking scenery of one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Come and see us soon!

Journey Devon

Visit www.journeydevon.info/ to find more information on getting around Exeter and Devon by public transport, including Park & Ride services and a handy interactive bus map.


Exeter and Devon by Rail

Leave the car behind and let someone else do the driving! Why not travel in comfort by train, a family-friendly option with main-line stations located at Tiverton, Honiton and Exeter? Companies operating in the area are Great Western Railway, Cross Country and South West Trains. To plan your journey and to book tickets for all train operators, visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or telephone: 08457 484950.

Explore over 270 destinations by train. Book now at GWR.com
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To find information about National Rail facilities and services for disabled passengers, please telephone 08457 484950 (0845 6050600 text phone only). For additional advice on disabled travel, visit the National Rail website www.nationalrail.co.uk and follow the links for disabled passengers.

For low cost intercity train travel to and from Exeter, visit www.megatrain.com 

Exeter by Road

Choose the M5 for links from Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham and all points along the M4 corridor to London. The A30/A303/M3 offers an alternative, high quality scenic route to Exeter from London and the South East.

For live traffic information into the South West please visit the Highways Agency website. 

For the latest weather reports & forecasts, please visit the Met Office website.

Travelling times to Exeter
By road By rail
Bristol to Exeter 1hr 30mins 1hr
Birmingham to Exeter 3hrs 2hrs 30mins
Cardiff to Exeter 1hr 35mins 2hrs
London to Exeter 2hrs 45mins 2hrs 05mins

Journey timing maps

Travelling to the South West from the West Midlands:

Your Holiday Route to the South West from the West Midlands map

Travelling to the South West from the London Area:

Your holiday route to the South West from London via M4 & M5 map Holiday Route to the South West from London via A303 map

Exeter and Devon by caravan or with a trailer

Taking a caravan or boat on holiday can be great fun, but getting there requires extra driving skill and some amount of preparation.  The Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club both offer plenty of advice on safe towing.

Car Hire

Click here to visit Rhino Car Hire

If you are looking to rent a car, try http://www.rhinocarhire.com/ who offer great deals on car hire from Exeter Airport.

Co-Cars

Co-cars is a hire-by-the-hour car club - book online or via smartphone and pick up your car from dedicated bays across Exeter, at train stations and other locations throughout Devon. Get car access when you want 24/7 and just pay a simple hourly charge and mileage rate. They also operate the UK's first on-street city network of electric bikes across Exeter.

Electric vehicle charging

Electric car charging facilities are now available at key sites across Exeter. The Chargepoint facilities are located at the following sites and each serve two vehicles.

Sites available now:

  • John Lewis Car Park 
  • Guildhall Car Park 
  • Oakwood House office (fleet and staff only)
  • Mary Arches Car Park 
  • Cathedral and Quay Car Park 
  • Civic Centre
  • Magdalen Street Car Park
  • Matford Park and Ride

Fly to Exeter

Exeter Airport

Exeter Airport

The airport is five miles from the city of Exeter and is situated adjacent to the A30, close to junction 29 of the M5 motorway.

Click here to view the 2017 flight schedule

Direct flights operate from:


ABERDEEN / ALICANTE / AMSTERDAM / BARRA / BELFAST CITY / BENBECULA / BERGERAC / CAMPBELTON / CHAMBERY / DUBLIN / DUSSELDORF / EDINBURGH / FARO / GENEVA / GLASGOW / GUERNSEY / HANNOVER / INVERNESS / ISLAY / ISLE OF MAN / JERSEY / KIRKWALL / KNOCK / LONDON CITY / LYON / MALAGA / MANCHESTER / NANTES / NEWCASTLE / NICE / NORWICH / NUREMBURG / PALMA MALLORCA / PARIS / RENNES / STORNOWAY / SUMBURGH / TIREE / WICK

Passengers can also fly to and from Exeter on Flybe codeshare services via Manchester.

Flights operate to and from London City Airport twice a day, the Manchester route has up to four flights a day for global connectivity, and with a daily Paris and Amsterdam service Exeter Airport can claim to be a real gateway to the South West. 

For details see: www.exeter-airport.co.uk

Stagecoach bus service 56 runs to and from the airport to the city centre, as well as Hertz, Avis and Europcar offering various car hire options.

There has been recent significant investment in a range of facilities and Exeter Airport’s focus on customer service has helped it gain a coveted ‘Recommended Provider’ status from the Which? consumer organisation.

Exeter by Bus & Coach

National Express operate services to Exeter from most towns and cities throughout the UK. Visit http://www.nationalexpress.com/ or telephone 08705 808080 for information on routes and prices. For low cost intercity bus travel to and from Exeter, visit http://www.megabus.com/ or call 0901 331 0031.

There is also a good local bus service in and around Devon. The area is easy to explore by public transport, and many attractions are actually located on popular bus routes.

For more details on local bus routes, times, and fares, please contact Stagecoach Devon or contact Devon Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

By bus
Stagecoach South West is the main bus operator in Exeter and also runs extensive services across the rest of Devon. Visit their website (www.stagecoachbus.com) to find out details of their routes and tickets. Alternatively, you can also visit their Travelshop at Exeter Bus Station to pick up timetables, buy tickets and ask for advice on planning your day out by bus. When you're on the go you can follow them on Twitter @stagecoachsw.

If you would like help planning your journey by all forms of public transport, contact Traveline South West 0871 200 22 33 or visit their website www.travelinesw.com. Calls from BT landlines are charged at 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Devon County Council produces a comprehensive route map and guide for each of the rural District Council areas and for Devon as a whole.

All can be obtained online from Devon County Council - bus maps and guides, or in person from Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets (Dix's Field) or the Travel Shop at the bus and coach station (Paris Street). Or you can use the Devon County Council - interactive bus map which covers Exeter and all of Devon. Zoom in to show the routes in the area you are looking at, and click on a route's terminus to get timetable information.

GoEuro: Travelling around the UK & Europe

Travellers trying to find the best route to Devon can now visit GoEuro.co.uk to compare and book various modes of transportation. With GoEuro travel planning is simple, flexible and personal. The site provides users with detailed journey plans within the UK and Europe to find the best options of travel based on both total travel time and price.

GoEuro

Car Parking and Park & Ride in Exeter

Visitors to Exeter will find an extensive and well sign-posted car parking service. There are over 5,000 car parking spaces in short and long stay car parks, and two coach parks. Fast and frequent Park and Ride services operate into the heart of Exeter from three locations. For more information please telephone 0871 200 22 33.

Car-Free Days Out

Once here, why not relax by choosing from a varied range of day trips and excursions on public transport that will let you enjoy the scenery without the stress of worrying about whether you are on the right route? Options include taking the train for the Tarka Line from Exeter to North Devon to enjoy panoramic scenery along the lovely Taw estuary, or viewing the splendours of wild Dartmoor from the double-decker Trans-Moor link bus service from Exeter to Plymouth.

The Avocet Line runs along the eastern side of Devon's Exe Estuary from Exeter to seaside Exmouth and the Riviera Line is one of the most scenic rail journeys in the country, passing over the famous Dawlish sea wall.

There are many other scenic branch lines to enjoy around Devon, more info here.

For help on visiting and exploring the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by bus, bike, foot, train and even boat visit the Jurassic Coast Website.

Cycling in Exeter

Explore the beauty of Exeter, and surrounding area, by bike using the wide network of shared used paths. For your free maps please visit http://www.cycledevon.info/.

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