Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 23 May

Cheapest

£38

Average

£82

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 Manchester to Exeter will cost around £ 82 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 38.

Arriva Trains Wales
10:31Manchester6h19 16:50Exeter
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£381One-way
Transport for Wales
09:31Manchester6h14 15:45Exeter
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£401One-way
Transport for Wales
06:31Manchester6h15 12:46Exeter
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£461One-way
Transport for Wales
13:31Manchester6h14 19:45Exeter
0 changes
£851One-way
Cross Country
10:27Manchester5h26 15:53Exeter
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£1391One-way

Train schedule Manchester to Exeter

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Transport for Wales
06:31Manchester6h15 12:46Exeter
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Cross Country
07:27Manchester5h19 12:46Exeter
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Transport for Wales
09:31Manchester6h14 15:45Exeter
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Cross Country
10:27Manchester5h26 15:53Exeter
0 changes
Arriva Trains Wales
10:31Manchester6h19 16:50Exeter
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Transport for Wales
13:31Manchester6h14 19:45Exeter
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Mon
23 May
£38Arriva Trains Wales
£13Flixbus
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Tue
24 May
£46Transport for Wales
£21National Express
£84Loganair
Wed
25 May
£39Arriva Trains Wales
£20National Express
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Thu
26 May
£40Transport for Wales
£8Flixbus
£77Loganair
Fri
27 May
£39Arriva Trains Wales
£19Flixbus
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Sat
28 May
£40Arriva Trains Wales
£17Flixbus
£79Loganair
Sun
29 May
£40Arriva Trains Wales
£19Flixbus
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Fastest train times from Manchester to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 23 May

Fastest Journey

5 h 19 m

Average

5 h 57 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

319 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Exeter every day 6 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 319 km distance in an average of 5 h 57 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 19 m .

The slowest trains will take 6 h 19 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.

Cross Country
07:27Manchester5h19 12:46Exeter
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£1421One-way
Cross Country
10:27Manchester5h26 15:53Exeter
0 changes
£1391One-way
Transport for Wales
09:31Manchester6h14 15:45Exeter
0 changes
£401One-way
Transport for Wales
13:31Manchester6h14 19:45Exeter
0 changes
£851One-way
Transport for Wales
06:31Manchester6h15 12:46Exeter
0 changes
£461One-way

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Exeter

distanceDistance197 miles (318 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 26 min
priceAverage train ticket price£103 (€117)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country or Transport for Wales

Trains from Manchester to Exeter cover the 197 miles (318 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 26 min with our travel partners like Cross Country or Transport for Wales. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £103, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £85. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Manchester to Exeter

Find the best trains between Manchester and Exeter with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry from £85. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

CrossCountry

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

If you’re looking for a smooth and easy train to Exeter from Manchester, check Omio for CrossCountry trains offering this trip. Whether you are looking for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train to take for this 197 miles (318 km) trip between Manchester and Exeter, Omio makes it easier than ever to find CrossCountry trains at affordable prices, and you can also quickly book train tickets online. Check the current CrossCountry train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route from Manchester to Exeter as well as relevant ticket information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard), and book your CrossCountry train on Omio. If you search for trains between Manchester and Exeter in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, making it convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. With prices for CrossCountry trains between Manchester and Exeter starting at £85, buy your official CrossCountry tickets with Omio online quickly and easily!

Train information from Manchester to Exeter with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 26 min
  • Average Price: £85
  • CrossCountry frequency: 7 a day

Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets between Manchester and Exeter due to the coronavirus:

  • 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 Manchester to Exeter

The cathedral city of Exeter has a rich history, dating back to Roman times, and has attracted visitors for centuries. It's a great contrast to Manchester’s bustling post-industrial vibes. The two are connected by a convenient direct train route, arriving in under 4.5 hours. Departures are spread throughout the day, making rail travel a great choice.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Exeter?

All train services between Manchester and Exeter are provided by Cross Country Trains. These include both direct and indirect sercices. Trains are usually available every day of the week, with several options per day. Passengers can expect one departure per hour.

How long is the train from Manchester to Exeter?

There is only a slight variation in journey times along this route. The fastest direct train takes just 4 hours 8 minutes, while the slowest takes 4 hours 26 minutes. The average journey to Exeter from Manchester takes around 4 hours 17 minutes, which includes a brief change at Birmingham New Street.  Connecting trains, generally speaking, are comparble in length with direct changes, so it is worth checking the timetable to ensure the quickest route.

How many trains are there from Manchester to Exeter?

A range of direct and connecting trains depart from Manchester to Exeter every day of the week, with service regularity continuing over the weekend. There are usually three direct direct departures, with times spread throughout the day. If these do not suit passengers, they can choose from up to 13 indrect services involving a change at Birmingham New Street.

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

Departure train station: All trains depature from Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester’s busiest train station located right in the heart of the city. From there, visitors can take advantage of a free bus service, which travels on a circular route around the city centre. The station offers two levels of shops and restaurants, as well as pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi.

Arrival train station: Exeter’s main station, Exeter St. Davids, is a 15 minute walk away from the city centre, or a quick five-minute bus ride. The station features a small selection of cafes and shops, as well as public Wi-Fi.

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FAQs

How much do cheap train tickets from Manchester to Exeter cost?

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Manchester to Exeter for as little as £85  in the next 7 days.

What is the average cost of a train from Manchester to Exeter?

The Manchester to Exeter train ticket price is on average £103  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next week.

How far is it from Manchester to Exeter by train?

When travelling this route you should expect the distance to Exeter from Manchester via train to be approximately 197 miles (318 km).

What is the average Manchester to Exeter train duration?

The train time from Manchester to Exeter is on average 4 h 26 min  for the 197 miles (318 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Exeter from Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

What is the departure train station in Manchester and arrival train station in Exeter?

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Exeter, you can end your journey in train stations like Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central and Exeter St Thomas.

Omio customers book a train from Manchester Piccadilly   to Exeter St Davids   most frequently for this route.

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

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Exeter most often arrive at Exeter St Davids and need to travel around 1.9 miles (3 km) from this train station to the city centre.

What train providers go from Manchester to Exeter?

If you're looking for trains from Manchester to Exeter, you can rely on Cross Country or Transport for Wales to get you to Exeter. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Manchester to Exeter journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

How many train services are there between Manchester and Exeter a day?

The average number of trains departing Manchester for Exeter is 12 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

When does the first train depart from Manchester to Exeter? When does the last train depart from Manchester to Exeter?

The earliest train departing from Manchester to Exeter leaves at 06: 15. The last train departing from Manchester to Exeter leaves at 14: 31. You can find the latest Manchester to Exeter train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

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

If you buy a train ticket from Manchester to Exeter within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £103 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Exeter from Manchester are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Exeter
Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your journey to Exeter.
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Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales