You can get from Manchester to Exeter by train, bus or flight.
To get from Manchester to Exeter on 30 Nov we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||197 miles (318 km)|
|Available travel modes||Coach, flight or train|
|Ticket price range||£15 - £119|
|Cheapest mode||Coach • £15 • 8 h|
|Fastest mode||Flight • £119 • 1 h 20 min|
|Popular travel companies||National 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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
There are 3 ways that you can travel from Manchester to Exeter. You can take a coach, flight or train.
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.
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.
The distance between Manchester and Exeter is around 197 miles (318 km).
The average frequency per day from Manchester to Exeter is:
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.
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