The cheapest trains from Manchester to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 30 Nov

Cheapest

£161

Average

£163

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 £ 163 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 161.

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10:27Manchester Piccadilly4h54 15:21St James' Park
2 changes
£1611One-way
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14:27Manchester Piccadilly5h24 19:51Polsloe Bridge
2 changes
£1611One-way
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13:27Manchester Piccadilly4h57 18:24Polsloe Bridge
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£1611One-way
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12:27Manchester Piccadilly4h29 16:56Exeter Central
2 changes
£1611One-way
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12:27Manchester Piccadilly4h57 17:24Polsloe Bridge
2 changes
£1611One-way

Timetable Manchester to Exeter

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tue, 30 Nov
09:27Manchester Piccadilly4h57 14:24Polsloe Bridge
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09:27Manchester Piccadilly4h54 14:21St James' Park
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09:27Manchester Piccadilly4h27 13:54Exeter Central
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10:27Manchester Piccadilly4h54 15:21St James' Park
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10:27Manchester Piccadilly4h26 14:53Exeter Central
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10:27Manchester Piccadilly4h57 15:24Polsloe Bridge
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12:27Manchester Piccadilly4h29 16:56Exeter Central
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12:27Manchester Piccadilly4h57 17:24Polsloe Bridge
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12:27Manchester Piccadilly4h54 17:21St James' Park
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13:27Manchester Piccadilly4h57 18:24Polsloe Bridge
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13:27Manchester Piccadilly4h54 18:21St James' Park
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13:27Manchester Piccadilly4h29 17:56Exeter Central
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14:27Manchester Piccadilly5h24 19:51Polsloe Bridge
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14:27Manchester Piccadilly4h29 18:56Exeter Central
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14:27Manchester Piccadilly5h20 19:47St James' Park
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Tue
30 Nov
£161Cross Country
£22National Express
£160Loganair
Wed
1 Dec
£77Cross Country
£24National Express
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Thu
2 Dec
£77Cross Country
£21National Express
£80Loganair
Fri
3 Dec
£161Cross Country
£22National Express
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Sat
4 Dec
£161Cross Country
£22National Express
£135Loganair
Sun
5 Dec
£81Cross Country
£21National Express
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The fastest trains from Manchester to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 30 Nov

Fastest Journey

4 h 26 m

Average

4 h 49 m

Trains per day

15

Distance

319 km

It's difficult to get from Manchester to Exeter without changing at least 2 times.

Fastest
10:27Manchester Piccadilly4h26 14:53Exeter Central
2 changes
£1611One-way
09:27Manchester Piccadilly4h27 13:54Exeter Central
2 changes
£1721One-way
12:27Manchester Piccadilly4h29 16:56Exeter Central
2 changes
£1611One-way
13:27Manchester Piccadilly4h29 17:56Exeter Central
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£1611One-way
14:27Manchester Piccadilly4h29 18:56Exeter Central
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£1611One-way

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Train Information between Manchester and Exeter

distanceDistance197 miles (318 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 17 min
priceAverage train ticket price£126 (€142)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country

Trains from Manchester to Exeter cover the 197 miles (318 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 17 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £77, but the average price of train tickets is £126. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

Train companies

CrossCountry Manchester – Exeter

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets from Manchester to Exeter from £77 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient 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.

Omio helps you find the perfect Manchester - Exeter train with CrossCountry. Whether you are searching for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train between Manchester and Exeter, Omio shows you CrossCountry’s current train timetables, tickets, prices and other travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities onboard) to help you find the best train ticket for your upcoming Manchester to Exeter route. You can expect to travel around 197 miles (318 km) between Manchester and Exeter on a train with CrossCountry. Once you are ready, buy your one-way CrossCountry tickets between Manchester and Exeter starting as low as £77 if you book in advance. If you use the Omio app to book your ticket, you can check straight away to see if it's a mobile ticket so that you can go paperless when travelling by train instead of purchasing tickets at the train station in person. So, book your tickets with ease and comfort online and enjoy a smooth journey with CrossCountry!

CrossCountry has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train between Manchester and Exeter:

  • 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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Trains from Manchester 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 Manchester to Exeter.
FAQs
What is the cost of cheap trains to Exeter from Manchester?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Manchester to Exeter for as little as £77  in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Manchester to Exeter on average?
The Manchester to Exeter train ticket price is on average £126  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next week.
What is the distance by train from Manchester to Exeter?
You should expect to travel around 197 miles (318 km)  between Manchester and Exeter by train.
What is the average Manchester to Exeter train duration?
The train time from Manchester to Exeter is on average 4 h 17 min  for the 197 miles (318 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Manchester to Exeter by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
Which train station in Manchester goes to Exeter? Which train station do I come into Exeter from Manchester?

Some of the Manchester train stations to Exeter you can start your journey from include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Exeter include Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central and Exeter St Thomas.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly   and arriving in Exeter St Davids.

Where is the train station in Manchester? Where is the train station in Exeter?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre to this train station.

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Exeter St Davids and need to travel approximately 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the train station to the city centre in Exeter.

What train providers offer a service from Manchester to Exeter?
If you're looking for trains from Manchester to Exeter, you can rely on Cross Country 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 trains are there to Exeter from Manchester 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.
How early should I buy train tickets to Exeter from Manchester to score 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 route and save money. If you book train tickets from Manchester to Exeter within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £126 one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Manchester to Exeter a few months in advance.

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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Public transport options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales