Cheap train tickets from London to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 17 May

Cheapest

£28

Average

£79

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from London to Exeter will cost around £ 79 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 28.

Cheapest
08:20London Waterloo3h19 11:39Exeter Central
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£281One-way
08:20London Waterloo4h01 12:21St James' Park
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£281One-way
14:20London Waterloo3h18 17:38Exeter Central
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£311One-way
09:20London Waterloo3h17 12:37Exeter Central
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£311One-way
09:20London Waterloo4h00 13:20St James' Park
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£311One-way

Train schedule London to Exeter

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08:04London Paddington2h27 10:31Exeter St Thomas
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08:04London Paddington2h17 10:21St James' Park
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08:04London Paddington2h14 10:18Exeter Central
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08:20London Waterloo4h01 12:21St James' Park
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08:20London Waterloo3h19 11:39Exeter Central
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09:04London Paddington2h24 11:28Exeter Central
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09:04London Paddington2h27 11:31Exeter St Thomas
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09:20London Waterloo4h00 13:20St James' Park
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09:20London Waterloo3h17 12:37Exeter Central
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09:37London Paddington2h44 12:21St James' Park
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09:37London Paddington2h41 12:18Exeter Central
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10:04London Paddington2h29 12:33Exeter St Thomas
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10:04London Paddington2h24 12:28Exeter Central
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10:20London Waterloo4h01 14:21St James' Park
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10:35London Paddington2h45 13:20St James' Park
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11:04London Paddington2h27 13:31Exeter St Thomas
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12:04London Paddington2h27 14:31Exeter St Thomas
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13:04London Paddington2h27 15:31Exeter St Thomas
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14:04London Paddington2h24 16:28Exeter Central
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14:20London Waterloo3h18 17:38Exeter Central
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14:36London Paddington2h42 17:18Exeter Central
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15:04London Paddington2h24 17:28Exeter Central
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15:18London Paddington3h02 18:20Exeter Central
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15:20London Waterloo3h18 18:38Exeter Central
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Tue
17 May
£28South Western Railway
£14Megabus
Wed
18 May
£28South Western Railway
£17Megabus
Thu
19 May
£28South Western Railway
£7Flixbus
Fri
20 May
£28South Western Railway
£8Flixbus
Sat
21 May
£31South Western Railway
£7Flixbus
Sun
22 May
£28South Western Railway
£15Megabus
Mon
23 May
£28South Western Railway
£6Flixbus
Tue
24 May
£28South Western Railway
£16Megabus
Wed
25 May
£28South Western Railway
£15Megabus
Thu
26 May
£28South Western Railway
£6Flixbus
Fri
27 May
£28South Western Railway
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Sat
28 May
£15South Western Railway
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Sun
29 May
£15South Western Railway
£9Flixbus
Mon
30 May
£15South Western Railway
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Tue
31 May
£15South Western Railway
£13Megabus
Wed
1 Jun
£16South Western Railway
£7Flixbus
Thu
2 Jun
£35Great Western Railway
£8Flixbus
Fri
3 Jun
£22South Western Railway
£9Flixbus
Sat
4 Jun
£21South Western Railway
£8Flixbus
Sun
5 Jun
£22South Western Railway
£11Flixbus

Fastest train times from London to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 17 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 14 m

Average

2 h 49 m

Trains per day

24

Distance

253 km

Of the 24 trains that leave London for Exeter every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 253 km distance in an average of 2 h 49 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 14 m .

The slowest trains will take 4 h 1 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
08:04London Paddington2h14 10:18Exeter Central
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£1601One-way
08:04London Paddington2h17 10:21St James' Park
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£1601One-way
09:04London Paddington2h24 11:28Exeter Central
1 changes
£1611One-way
14:04London Paddington2h24 16:28Exeter Central
1 changes
£621One-way
10:04London Paddington2h24 12:28Exeter Central
1 changes
£891One-way

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Overview: Train from London to Exeter

distanceDistance156 miles (252 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 17 min
priceAverage train ticket price£29 (€32)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersSouth Western Railway, Cross Country or Great Western Railway

Trains from London to Exeter cover the 156 miles (252 km) long route taking on average 3 h 17 min with our travel partners like South Western Railway, Cross Country or Great Western Railway. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £29, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £28. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

Train providers: CrossCountry trains London to Exeter

CrossCountry trains will get you between London and Exeter from £28. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train between London and Exeter you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

CrossCountry tickets from London to Exeter are available online on Omio. We help you compare and book your perfect route with CrossCountry to Exeter from London all in one place. If you’re specifically looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train, you can find all the current CrossCountry train timetables and train tickets available on Omio for the 156 miles (252 km) journey. You can also see relevant travel information for the CrossCountry train, such as luggage policy and amenities onboard depending on the class fare. Search for your ideal departure and arrival times for this train, compare the fastest London to Exeter routes as well as the cheapest ticket prices available, and buy the best CrossCountry London to Exeter train ticket that fits your needs. If you purchase tickets in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry train ticket is available as a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to travel paperless. You’ll then be ready to embark on your smooth and relaxing journey to Exeter with CrossCountry!

    CrossCountry has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your CrossCountry tickets between London and Exeter and when travelling by train:

    • Refund or voucher policy
    • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended

    Trains from London to Exeter

    There are plenty of options for trains to Exeter from London, which is great if you are interested in finding cheap tickets from London to Exeter. There are direct trains and there are also routes that require a change, with little difference in price. The average train journey on this route takes about 3 hours, with the fastest taking about 2 hours and the slowest about 4 hours. The trains leave regularly throughout the day, every half hour or hour, with multiple trains leaving from a few different stations in London and arriving at various stations in Exeter, meaning you can be more flexible with your travel plans.

    London to Exeter Train Time: Daily Departures

    Between the two train stations in London, you can find trains leaving throughout the day (and there’s even a couple of night trains available). The trains from London to Exeter run every day of the week but may not run during holidays.

    How long is the journey by train from London to Exeter?

    On average, the train journey from London to Exeter takes about 3 hours in total, and there are some trains available that take about 2 hours, such as Great Western Railway train that departs from London Paddington and arrives at Exeter Central Station. There are also some slower trains that take about 4 hours in total, like South Western Railway train that departs from London Waterloo and arrives at Polsloe Station, giving you plenty of time to check out our magazine.

    Trains from London to Exeter: smiling people on a train from London. Source: Shutterstock

    What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from London to Exeter?

    Departure train station: There are two departure stations to choose from when planning your route to Exeter from London. London Paddington is a good option because it is within walking distance of the city centre and it has a ticket office, toilets, baby-changing facilities, showers and free wifi. There are waiting rooms, payphones and you will also find it has step-free access for wheelchair users and passengers with reduced mobility. London Waterloo is very similar, as it is also within walking distance or a short taxi ride from the city centre; it also has toilets, baby-changing rooms, showers and a ticket office. You can find waiting rooms and step-free access throughout the station.

    Arrival train station: There are a couple of train stations to choose from when you are arriving into Exeter. Exeter Central Station has shops, payphones, baby-changing facilities and payphones should you need to call someone. You will find that it has ramps and there are wheelchairs available too. While this station has a waiting area with seats, Polsloe Bridge Station does not, nor does it have toilets for the public. It has free WiFi and an induction loop for passengers with hearing aids, but it does not have step-free access.

    Which train companies travel from London to Exeter?

    Currently, there are two train companies that offer trains from London to Exeter: Great Western Railway and South Eastern Railway. The two companies offer a similar number of trains throughout the day and tend to take around 3h, on average. Great Western Railway operates the faster train line, and it has some trains that require a stop and some that are direct. South Western Railway has the slower train, and it also has direct and non-direct trains.

    Night trains London

    There are a couple of night trains available from London to Exeter, and they are both operated by Great Western Railway. They both depart from London Paddington, but while one goes to Exeter City Station, the other one stops at Polsloe Bridge Station. The Exeter City Station train arrives at about 04:30, while the other one arrives at about 06:15. Both trains stop at Exeter St David Station and are similarly priced.

    South Western Railway trains from London to Exeter

    South Western Railway company offers trains throughout the day, with more trains available through the morning and the late afternoon. They offer trains to Exeter from London every day of the week but not always on holidays, so if you plan to travel on days like Christmas or New Year’s, then you should book in advance. There are trains roughly every half an hour in the mornings and late afternoon; some run direct, while others require a change, depending on whether the destination is London Central Station or Polsloe Bridge.

    Great Western Railway trains from London to Exeter

    Great Western Railway operates trains from London to Exeter, which tend to run every half an hour or so. They run throughout the day and depart from both London Waterloo and London Paddington. They tend to have faster trains than South Western Railway, and the prices are roughly the same. Their trains operate every day of the week except holidays, and they have both direct and indirect trains.

    Train London to Exeter: Services on Board

    Great Western Railway trains have food trolleys, where you can buy snacks and drinks, and they also offer free WiFi. You can bring up to three items on board, and if you reserve your ticket in advance, that can include a bicycle. The largest an item can be is 9 x 15 x 27 in (25 x 40 x 70 cm), and you can bring up to two domesticated pets with you. If you require travel assistance due to disability or reduced mobility, both Great Western and South Western Railway recommend that you contact them in advance. South Western also allows bikes on board for most routes, but some intercity lines may not. They do not have a limit for carry-on luggage except that it fits in the storage spaces and does not block the emergency exits or passageways. You can also bring two domesticated pets on board. Both railways have first-class tickets available, including quiet zones.

    Trains from London to Exeter: Sustainability travel

    Travelling by train is better for the environment than travelling in cars, as not only do they contaminate less but they reduce traffic in urban environments. Trains are also known to be better for sound and use less space than other conventional means of transport. Both Great Western Railway and South Western Railway are dedicated to reducing their pollution and are striving to create more sustainable trains for the future.

    How to find cheap train tickets from London to Exeter?

    If you are interested in finding cheap train tickets from London to Exeter, then you should consider booking your tickets in advance, as this tends to make them cheaper. Also, if possible, try to be flexible with your travel times and dates, as this will give you greater choice. Finally, you may be able to find some better deals if you take trains that make a few more changes or if they take longer, as the price may be cheaper.

    Trains from London to Exeter: cathedral in Exeter. Source: Shutterstock

    To Exeter by train—travel tips

    Exeter is well worth a visit, and it has plenty to offer if you have a few hours free. If you like sport, then you may want to check out the Exeter rugby club, which is one of the best teams in Europe and the English league. There is also horseracing and the Exeter City Football Club to go and see for live sport. If you would like to go shopping, we recommend stopping by the Princesshay area, where you can find a bunch of shops, bars and places to eat. The Cathedral Quarter also offers plenty of shops to visit, and it is good for people who would like to learn a bit about history. You can always check out the cathedral or the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery for a day of learning and culture.

    • Exeter's Underground Passages
    • Exeter's Historic Quayside
    • Visit the port of Topsham
    • Exeter Castle
    • Exeter Northcott Theatre

    Travel Tips: Trains from London to Exeter

    Travel by train to Exeter easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from London to Exeter.
    FAQs

    How much do cheap trains to Exeter from London cost?

    Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Exeter from London to cost as little as £28  in the next 7 days.

    What is the cost of a train ticket from London to Exeter on average?

    If you’re looking to book tickets for this journey in the next 7 days, you’ll find that London to Exeter train prices are on average £29  one way.

    How far is it from London to Exeter by train?

    The train distance from London to Exeter is around 156 miles (252 km).

    How long is the train journey between London and Exeter?

    On average the train from London to Exeter duration is 3 h 17 min  for the 156 miles (252 km) long route, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

    Which train station in London goes to Exeter? Which train station do I come into Exeter from London?

    When taking the train to Exeter from London, you can choose to depart from train stations like London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. Your trip can end in train stations such as Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central and Exeter St Thomas.

    Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from London Victoria   and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

    Where do I find the London train station to Exeter? Where is the Exeter train station?

    Passengers board the train most frequently from London Victoria, which is located around 1.8 miles (2.9 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Exeter St Davids, located 1.9 miles (3 km) away from the city centre.

    What train companies offer a service to Exeter from London?

    When taking a train from London to Exeter, you can count on South Western Railway, Cross Country or Great Western Railway for the best way to get you to Exeter. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Exeter from London and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

    Are there any direct trains to Exeter from London?

    Yes, there are 25 direct trains a day between London and Exeter. If you’re looking for a direct train from London to Exeter, consider travelling with South Western Railway. Non-stop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.

    How many train services are there from London to Exeter a day?

    The average number of trains departing London for Exeter is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

    What are the first and last departure train times from London to Exeter?

    If you prefer early morning trains from London to Exeter, the first train leaves at 06: 10. If you prefer late night trains from London to Exeter, the last train of the day leaves at 22: 50. Omio shows you the latest train from London to Exeter schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.

    How far in advance should I book train tickets from London to Exeter for the best deals?

    In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this trip and save money. If you book train tickets between London and Exeter within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £29 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from London to Exeter a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    London
    Exeter
    London Victoria is the most popular London railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in London for your journey to Exeter.
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    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
    Public transport options for London Euston
    Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
    Overground lines: Watford DC
    Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
    Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
    Public transport options for London Kings Cross
    Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
    Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
    Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    24/7
    Public transport options for London Paddington
    Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
    Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
    Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 2078437688
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
    Public transport options for London St Pancras International
    Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
    Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
    Bus lines: 326, 139