The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from London to Exeter will cost around £ 51 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 30.
Trains per day
Of the 5 train that leave London for Exeter every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 253 km distance in an average of 2h 52m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2h 1m .
The slowest train will take 3h 22m 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.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
3 hours 59 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£35|
|Trains depart from:||London|
|Trains arrive in:||Exeter|
|Train Companies:||Great Western Railway, South Western Railway|
South West Trains and Great Western Railway offer direct trains from London to Exeter. South West services depart from Waterloo while Great Western operate from Paddington. Departures start around 7:00 a.m. with 2 trains an hour for most of the day. The final connection is around 8:30 p.m. from Paddington. Journey times range from just over 3 hours to 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Departure Station: Paddington station is located on the west side of central London, with Underground connections on five lines. Local buses stop close to the station on Praed Street. Taxis are one level up from the platforms. London Waterloo station is on the southern edge of the city centre, with an adjacent bus terminus and Underground links on four lines.
Arrival Station: Exeter St Davids station is around 20 minutes walk north-west of the city centre. 8 local bus routes stop outside the station entrance. Taxis are available from the rank in front of the station.
First Great Western trains from London to Exeter depart from Paddington station, while South West Trains services leave from Waterloo. Paddington, on the western side of the city centre, has an Underground station offering connections across the city on 4 lines. Buses, including night services, stop close by on Eastbourne Terrace and Praed Street. Waterloo, south of the centre close to the London Eye, also has an Underground station, with connections on 4 lines. There are bus stops at the station entrance and nearby on Waterloo Road. There are taxi ranks at both stations.
Exeter is a historic West Country city, notable for the attractive Castle Quarter with parks and grounds around the 11th-century Norman fortress. Narrow passages around the High Street feature several atmospheric old buildings, particularly the 12th-century Guildhall. Trains from London to Exeter arrive at St. Davids station, situated by the river Exe on the western side of the city centre. There are local rail connections to Exeter Central and St James Park stations. Buses stop immediately outside the station, and nearby on St. Davids Hill, offering routes to the city centre and bus station. The taxi rank is located by the main entrance.