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from Manchester to Exeter

You can get from Manchester to Exeter by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Manchester to Exeter on 30 Nov we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

12:15Manchester, Coach Station7h30 19:45Exeter, Honiton Road
1 changes
£241One-way
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07:00Manchester, Coach Station7h45 14:45Exeter, Honiton Road
1 changes
£221One-way
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12:15Manchester, Coach Station7h40 19:55Exeter
1 changes
£241One-way
08:45Manchester, Coach Station7h50 16:35Exeter, Honiton Road
1 changes
£241One-way
08:45Manchester, Coach Station8h00 16:45Exeter
1 changes
£241One-way

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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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Travel Information to Exeter from Manchester

distanceDistance197 miles (318 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£15 - £119
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £15 • 8 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • £119 • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Loganair or Arriva Trains Wales

Travel 197 miles (318 km) by coach, flight or train from Manchester to Exeter. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 20 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £15. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express, Loganair or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Manchester to Exeter.

How to travel from Manchester to Exeter?

It's possible to travel from Manchester to Exeter by train, bus, and plane. It is a busy train route, with dozens of services each day, but there are fewer buses and planes. The journey by train takes around 4.5 hours, and by bus, it takes around 11 hours. Plane travel times can vary but the fastest flight takes approximately 5 hours. There are train, bus, and plane services every day of the week, including Sunday.

What is the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Exeter?

The cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Exeter is by bus. There are generally four services each day, with the first departing from Manchester Coach Station in the early hours of the morning and the last leaving late at night, before arriving at Sidwell Street Bus Station. Services run on every day of the week at the same time. All of the coaches are provided by National Express, and most have one change, in London, while others may have two changes in Birmingham and Bristol. Journey times vary from 8-11 hours.

What is the fastest way to travel from Manchester to Exeter?

The fastest way to travel from Manchester to Exeter is by train. All of the fastest trains are provided by Cross Country, and while some services run directly, most have one change in Birmingham. Cross Country usually operate one train from Manchester to Exeter every hour throughout the day, departing from Manchester Picadilly Station and arriving at Exeter St David's Station. The shortest train takes around 4 hours to reach Exeter, while the longest takes 11 hours.

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Travel from Manchester to Exeter by train

There are dozens of trains from Manchester to Exeter each day, and most of them are provided by Cross Country. They run directly and indirectly, on weekdays and weekends, and have a journey time of between 4-11 hours. Avanti West Coast also offers one early morning service, which takes around 5 hours and has one change, at Euston Station in London. Trains to Exeter depart from Manchester Picadilly Station and arrive at Exeter St David's station which is north of Exeter city centre. The centre can be reached by train in around 7 minutes, with services to St Thomas Station, or by bus in around 10 minutes. It's also reachable on foot, approximately 10 minutes' walk away. 

Travel from Manchester to Exeter by bus 

National Express generally run four buses from Manchester to Exeter every day, including Sundays. The fastest bus leaves in the afternoon and takes around 8 hours and 15 minutes, while the longest is an overnight service that can take over 14 hours. Buses depart from Manchester Coach Station and arrive at Exeter's Sidwell Street Bus Station. Sidwell Street Bus Station is in the city centre, and the nearby Exeter Central Station and St James Park Station can both be reached on foot in under 5 minutes. The south-western part of Exeter, including St Thomas Station, is around a 10-minute bus ride away.

Travel from Manchester to Exeter by plane

Flights from Manchester to Exeter are provided by Encompass Aviation, Aurigny Air Services, KLM, and Sun Air of Scandinavia. Services differ depending on the day of the week, with more flights at weekends. On weekdays there are usually around four flights per day. Encompass Aviation offers the most flights between the two cities, with the fastest service lasting just over 5 hours including one change in Edinburgh. Other services have at least two changes, in various cities, and can take up to 21 hours. On Sundays, there may be up to six flights per day, all of which have at least one change. The fastest flight on a Sunday is provided by KLM and Encompass Aviation and lasts around 7 hours with two changes. All flights to Exeter depart from Manchester Airport and arrive at Exeter International Airport. Exeter International Airport is 7 miles outside the city centre, which can be reached by train in around 25 minutes, and by bus in around 40 minutes. 

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FAQs
How do I go from Manchester to Exeter?

There are 3 ways that you can travel from Manchester to Exeter. You can take a coach, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way from Manchester to Exeter?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Exeter, which costs on average £15.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Exeter:

A coach is generally £104 less than a flight for the same journey. A flight costs on average £119 from Manchester to Exeter.

A coach is generally £65 less than a train for the same trip. A train costs on average £80 from Manchester to Exeter.

What is the fastest way from Manchester to Exeter?

The fastest way to get to Exeter from Manchester is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 20 min.

There are alternative travel options to Exeter that can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 8 h.

In comparison, going by train can take 4 h 17 min   on average.

How far is it from Manchester to Exeter?

The distance between Manchester and Exeter is around 197 miles (318 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Manchester to Exeter?

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Exeter is:

  • 12 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Manchester and Exeter as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do I depart from Manchester? Where do I arrive in Exeter?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Manchester to Exeter:

  • Coaches mostly depart from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and arrive in Exeter, Sidwell Street (City Centre).
  • Flights mostly leave from Manchester Airport and tend to arrive in Exeter International Airport.
  • Trains most often depart from Manchester at Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Exeter at Exeter St Davids.
Who can get me from Manchester to Exeter?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Manchester to Exeter:

  • You can travel to Exeter from Manchester by coach with National Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £15 with National Express from Manchester to Exeter.
  • You can go to Exeter from Manchester by plane with Loganair. You'll see cheap plane tickets for £119 with Loganair from Manchester to Exeter on Omio.
  • You can travel to Exeter from Manchester by train with Arriva Trains Wales. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £80 with Arriva Trains Wales from Manchester to Exeter.
Where should I go next after I travel to Exeter from Manchester?
Your journey from Manchester to Exeter doesn't have to end in Exeter. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Bristol or Plymouth. If you’d like to add London, Bristol or Plymouth to your Manchester to Exeter trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Exeter today!
When should I book a ticket from Manchester to Exeter online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Manchester to Exeter, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket for this trip is on average £15 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket for this journey is on average £119 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is on average £80 one way.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Exeter tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.