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Cheap train tickets from London to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 25 Jul

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from London to Exeter is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
South Western Railway
09:204h11
London Waterloo (WAT)
13:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
£581One-way
1 change
Cheapest
South Western Railway
10:204h11
London Waterloo (WAT)
14:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
£581One-way
1 change
Cheapest
South Western Railway
09:203h22
London Waterloo (WAT)
12:42Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£581One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
South Western Railway
09:203h18
London Waterloo (WAT)
12:38Exeter Central (EXC)
£581One-way
0 changes
South Western Railway
08:203h23
London Waterloo (WAT)
11:43Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£941One-way
0 changes

Train timetableLondon to Exeter

Showing trains for tomorrow, Thursday, 25 July
Great Western Railway
08:032h15
London Paddington (PAD)
10:18Exeter Central (EXC)
1 change
Great Western Railway
08:032h04
London Paddington (PAD)
10:07Exeter St Davids (EXD)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
08:032h29
London Paddington (PAD)
10:32Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
1 change
South Western Railway
08:203h23
London Waterloo (WAT)
11:43Exeter St Davids (EXD)
0 changes
South Western Railway
08:204h12
London Waterloo (WAT)
12:32Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
1 change
South Western Railway
08:203h19
London Waterloo (WAT)
11:39Exeter Central (EXC)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:042h28
London Paddington (PAD)
11:32Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
1 change
Great Western Railway
09:042h24
London Paddington (PAD)
11:28Exeter Central (EXC)
1 change
Great Western Railway
09:042h10
London Paddington (PAD)
11:14Exeter St Davids (EXD)
0 changes
South Western Railway
09:204h11
London Waterloo (WAT)
13:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
1 change
South Western Railway
09:203h22
London Waterloo (WAT)
12:42Exeter St Davids (EXD)
0 changes
South Western Railway
09:203h18
London Waterloo (WAT)
12:38Exeter Central (EXC)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:372h29
London Paddington (PAD)
12:06Exeter Central (EXC)
1 change
Great Western Railway
09:372h17
London Paddington (PAD)
11:54Exeter St Davids (EXD)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
10:032h29
London Paddington (PAD)
12:32Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
1 change
Great Western Railway
10:032h00
London Paddington (PAD)
12:03Exeter St Davids (EXD)
0 changes
Great Western Railway
10:032h15
London Paddington (PAD)
12:18Exeter Central (EXC)
1 change
South Western Railway
10:204h11
London Waterloo (WAT)
14:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
1 change

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Train times from London to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 25 Jul

Fastest Journey

2 h

Average

2 h 50 m

Trains per day

18

Distance

253 km

Of the 18 trains that leave London for Exeter every day 8 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Great Western Railway
10:032h00
London Paddington (PAD)
12:03Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1091One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
08:032h04
London Paddington (PAD)
10:07Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1631One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
09:042h10
London Paddington (PAD)
11:14Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1631One-way
0 changes
Great Western Railway
08:032h15
London Paddington (PAD)
10:18Exeter Central (EXC)
£1631One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
10:032h15
London Paddington (PAD)
12:18Exeter Central (EXC)
£1091One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from London to Exeter

distanceDistance156 miles
durationAverage train duration2 h 7 min
priceAverage train ticket price£55 (€62)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesSouth Western Railway, Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or first_great_western

Trains from London to Exeter cover the 156 miles long journey taking on average 2 h 7 min with our travel partners like South Western Railway, Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or first_great_western. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £55, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £24. Travellers depart most frequently from London Waterloo and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

Train providers: South Western Railway, Great Western Rail and CrossCountry trains London to Exeter

You can travel by train from London to Exeter with South Western Railway, Great Western Rail and CrossCountry for as low as £24. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

Great Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. It operates services from London Paddington to the West of England, South Wales and the Cotswolds. It also operates services from London Paddington to Oxford, Reading and Bristol. It offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Anytime, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, air conditioning and catering services. The most popular routes for Great Western Railway are London Paddington to Bristol, Reading and Oxford.

Train information from London to Exeter with Great Western Rail:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 7 min
  • Cheapest Price: £57

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

FAQs: London to Exeter train

FAQs: Travel by train from London 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
Cheap train tickets from London to Exeter can start from as little as £24 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for London to Exeter is £55; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the London to Exeter train travel time is 2 h 7 min   for the 156 mile long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from London to Exeter leaves at 07: 00. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from London to Exeter leaves at 23: 45.
Yes, there are 25 direct trains a day from London to Exeter with South Western Railway, Great Western Rail or first_great_western. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct trains.
When taking a train from London to Exeter, you can count on South Western Railway, Great Western Rail, CrossCountry or first_great_western for the best way to get you to Exeter. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service to Exeter from London and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 23: 45.

When departing from London, you have various train station options to start your journey from including London Waterloo, London Euston and London Paddington. When arriving in Exeter, you can end your route in train stations like Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central and Exeter St Thomas.

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Waterloo, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 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.

A trip to Exeter from London is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 2 h 7 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from London to Exeter by train is November.
You have options as you can travel to Exeter from London 2 different ways: train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in London and Exeter

London
Exeter
London Waterloo 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.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3451652030
Public transport options for London Waterloo
Onward travel information: Waterloo is well connected to London's public transport network. Waterloo Underground station serves the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Plan a journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Buses depart from several points around the station. All Transport for London Buses are accessible with step free access and have a dedicated mobility space. Buses from Waterloo (tfl. Gov. Uk) The station has a dedicated taxi rank for London Black Taxis on the roadway outside exit 3. Santander Hire Bicycles are available from the docking stations outside. Santander Cycles - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk) Waterloo is within easy walking distance of the South Bank and a number of visitor attractions. Walking - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
Metro: Waterloo Underground station is served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines. Step free access is available to and from the Jubilee Line. For more information on London Transport accessibility: Plan an accessible journey - Transport for London (tfl. Gov. Uk).
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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
Metro: Tube Lines.
Exeter St Davids is the most popular Exeter train station for Omio travellers, but Exeter has quite a few train hubs. Find all the information you need to know about the main railway stations in Exeter for your journey from London.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3451652030
Public transport options for Exeter St Davids
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Front of the station
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3451652030
Public transport options for Exeter Central
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Bus stop at the front of the station on Queens Street

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