Transport links

By road

Use the M5 motorway to get from Exeter to Bristol (average time 1hr 30 minutes):

  • at Bristol, the M4 motorway takes you to London (average time 3hrs 30 minutes from Exeter) and the north of the UK

  • use A30-A303 to get from Exeter to Dorset and Hampshire (or as an alternative route to London)

  • use the new South Devon Expressway (A380) to get from Exeter to Torbay and South Devon

By rail

Exeter has two main lines to London into Paddington and Waterloo stations. Direct trains operate from Exeter to many other UK destinations.

Average journey times by rail

  • Exeter to London (Paddington line) – 2 hrs 15 minutes
  • Exeter to London (Waterloo line) – 3 hrs 15 minutes
  • Exeter to Midlands – 2 hrs 30 minutes

Exeter has 9 local stations including the new Cranbrook and Newcourt stations recently opened as part of improvements to the Devon Metro Network.

By air

Approximately one million passengers travel through Exeter International Airport each year. Exeter International Airport is a 10 minute car journey from the city centre and close to Exeter Science Park and Skypark. There are direct flights to major European cities including Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and Geneva, as well as more than 10 UK airports.

There are direct daily flights into London's City Airport. See Exeter Airport - All Flight Destinations for up to date information. For transport to and from Exeter Airport, see Exeter Airport directions.  By opting for PlusBus when buying your train ticket, you can include bus travel between Exeter Airport and the city's rail stations.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 2 February 2017