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Travel Information to Exeter from Manchester

distanceDistance197 miles (318 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£28 - £158
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £28 • 7 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £147 • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Loganair or Cross Country

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 £28. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express, Loganair or Cross Country among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train 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. 

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Exeter

Travel 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.

How do I travel from Manchester to Exeter?

You can travel to Exeter from Manchester 3 different ways: coach, flight or train.

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

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Exeter. Tickets for a coach cost on average £28.

This is compared to other travel options to Exeter:

A coach is generally £120 less than a flight for the same trip. A flight costs on average £147 from Manchester to Exeter.

A coach is about £131 less than a train, which costs on average £158 for this route.

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

The quickest way to travel between Manchester and Exeter is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 20 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 7 h 5 min   of travel time.

In comparison, getting to Exeter by train can take on average 4 h 26 min.

What is the distance from Manchester to Exeter?

Exeter is approximately 197 miles (318 km) away from Manchester.

How many services a day are there 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 journey between Manchester and Exeter as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When going from Manchester to Exeter, where do I depart from Manchester and where do I arrive in Exeter?

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

  • Coaches mostly leave from Manchester, Coach Station and tend to arrive in Exeter, Bus Station.
  • Flights most often depart from Manchester at Manchester Airport and arrive in Exeter at Exeter International Airport.
  • Trains mostly depart from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Manchester to Exeter?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Manchester to Exeter, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • National Express can take you to Exeter by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for National Express from Manchester to Exeter for £28.
  • Travel with Loganair to go to Exeter by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Loganair Manchester to Exeter tickets on Omio for £147.
  • Cross Country can get you to Exeter by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Cross Country from Manchester to Exeter for £158 on Omio.

Is it possible to travel directly from Manchester to Exeter?

Yes, there are direct services available to Exeter from Manchester with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with.
  • You can take a direct train with with 12 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Exeter as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Exeter from Manchester.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Exeter from Manchester?

Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to Exeter often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Bristol or Plymouth. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and Exeter itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Exeter and any of these top destinations today!

How early should I purchase tickets between Manchester and Exeter online for the best deals?

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £28 one way for this journey.
  • The price of a plane ticket for this route is £147 one way on average.
  • The price of a train ticket for this journey is on average £158 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.