Manchester to Exeter train

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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 26 Apr

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Cross Country
09:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1191One-way
1 change
Cheapest
Cross Country
08:034h22
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:25Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1191One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1391One-way
1 change
Great Western Railway
09:355h33
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
15:08Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1731One-way
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:555h36
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
£1731One-way
3 changes

Train timetableManchester to Exeter

Showing trains for tomorrow, Friday, 26 April
Cross Country
08:034h42
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:45Exeter Central (EXC)
1 change
Cross Country
08:034h30
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:33Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
1 change
Cross Country
08:034h22
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:25Exeter St Davids (EXD)
0 changes
Cross Country
08:255h06
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
2 changes
Cross Country
08:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
1 change
Cross Country
08:254h28
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:53Exeter Central (EXC)
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:555h36
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
3 changes
Cross Country
09:254h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:54Exeter Central (EXC)
2 changes
Cross Country
09:255h06
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
2 changes
Cross Country
09:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
1 change
Great Western Railway
09:355h33
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
15:08Exeter St Davids (EXD)
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:555h36
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
15:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
3 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:555h17
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
15:12Exeter St Davids (EXD)
2 changes
Cross Country
10:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
1 change
Cross Country
10:255h06
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
15:31Exeter St Thomas (EXT)
2 changes
Cross Country
10:254h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:54Exeter Central (EXC)
2 changes
Cross Country
11:254h28
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
15:53Exeter Central (EXC)
2 changes
Cross Country
12:035h04
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
17:07Exeter Central (EXC)
2 changes

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Train times from Manchester to Exeter

Showing times and prices for 26 Apr

Fastest Journey

4 h 19 m

Average

4 h 49 m

Trains per day

18

Distance

319 km

Of the 18 trains that leave Manchester for Exeter every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Cross Country
10:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
14:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1871One-way
1 change
Fastest
Cross Country
08:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1391One-way
1 change
Fastest
Cross Country
09:254h19
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
13:44Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1191One-way
1 change
Cross Country
08:034h22
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:25Exeter St Davids (EXD)
£1191One-way
0 changes
Cross Country
08:254h28
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
12:53Exeter Central (EXC)
£1761One-way
2 changes

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Exeter

distanceDistance197 miles
durationAverage train duration4 h 28 min
priceAverage train ticket price£159 (€177)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain providersCrossCountry, Transport for Wales, Great Western Rail or Virgin Trains

Trains from Manchester to Exeter cover the 197 miles long journey taking on average 4 h 28 min with our travel partners like CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, Great Western Rail or Virgin Trains. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £72, but the average price of train tickets is £159. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

Train providers: CrossCountry, Transport for Wales and Great Western Rail trains Manchester to Exeter

CrossCountry, Transport for Wales and Great Western Rail trains will get you to Exeter from Manchester from £55. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Transport for Wales is a public transport provider in Wales, UK. It operates a comprehensive network of trains, buses and ferries across the country. The trains are modern and comfortable, with a range of different types including InterCity Express Trains, Regional Trains, and Metro Trains. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. There are a variety of ticket types available, including single and return tickets, season tickets, and group tickets. The most popular routes include Cardiff to Swansea, Cardiff to Newport, and Cardiff to Manchester.

Train information from Manchester to Exeter with Transport for Wales:

  • Average Duration: 5 h 51 min
  • Cheapest Price: £55

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.

FAQs: Manchester to Exeter train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester 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
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Exeter can start from as little as £72 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Exeter is £159; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time between Manchester and Exeter is on average 4 h 28 min   for the 197 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go from Manchester to Exeter by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Exeter leaves at 05: 11. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Exeter leaves at 20: 15.
There are 12 trains a day from Manchester to Exeter which require at least one change with CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, Great Western Rail or Virgin Trains. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
For the best Manchester to Exeter train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, Great Western Rail or Virgin Trains. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from Manchester to Exeter to compare what amenities they may offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 15.

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 trip in train stations like Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central and Exeter St Thomas.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (766 m) 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.

The cheapest month to travel from Manchester to Exeter by train is December.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel to Exeter from Manchester including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Exeter

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.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
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
Manchester AirportWifiShoppingParkingATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Airport
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail Replacement bus services depart from stands L & M of the adjacent Bus Station which is situated close to the ticket office.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Victoria
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick up point is on Station Approach (M3 1WY) directly outside the station main entrance, outside the M & S shop.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
Public transport options for Manchester Oxford Road
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick Up / Drop Off at the bus stops on Whitworth St West (200 yards from station) (station side for Liverpool, opposite side for Piccadilly)
Manchester Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road or DeansgateAccessibility
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