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Travel Information from Manchester to Exeter

distanceDistance197 miles (318 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$21 - $166
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $21 (€17) • 8 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $166 (€136) • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Loganair or Arriva Trains Wales

Travel 197 miles (318 km) by bus, flight or train between Manchester and 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 bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $21 (€17). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are National Express, Loganair or Arriva Trains Wales among others. Travelers 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 Bus 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 center. The center 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 Bus Station and arrive at Exeter's Sidwell Street Bus Station. Sidwell Street Bus Station is in the city center, 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 center, 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 get from Manchester to Exeter?

There are 3 travel options from Manchester to Exeter: bus, flight or train.

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

The cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Exeter is by taking a bus with an average price of $21 (€17).

This is compared to other travel options to Exeter:

Taking a bus is usually $145 (€119) less than taking a flight to Exeter, which costs on average $166 (€136) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is about $90 (€74) less than taking a train, which costs on average $111 (€91) for this trip.

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

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

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

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 8 h   of travel time.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 4 h 17 min   of travel time.

What is the distance from Manchester to Exeter?

You should expect to travel around 197 miles (318 km) between Manchester and Exeter.

How many services a day are there between Manchester and Exeter?

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Exeter is:

  • 12 trains per day.

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

When traveling between Manchester and Exeter, where do I depart from Manchester and where do I arrive in Exeter?

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

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

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

  • You can take a bus from Manchester to Exeter with National Express. Cheap tickets can be found for $21 (€17) with National Express from Manchester to Exeter.
  • You can take a flight from Manchester to Exeter with Loganair. Cheap tickets can be found for $166 (€136) with Loganair from Manchester to Exeter.
  • You can go to Exeter from Manchester by train with Arriva Trains Wales. You'll see cheap train tickets for $111 (€91) with Arriva Trains Wales from Manchester to Exeter on Omio.
What is another destination I should add to my tour from Manchester to Exeter?
Looking to extend your trip from Manchester to Exeter? Many Omio customers who go from Manchester to Exeter usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Bristol or Plymouth. If you're looking to explore London, Bristol or Plymouth from Exeter, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How early should I buy tickets between Manchester and Exeter online for the best deals?

When planning your trip from Manchester to Exeter, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost on average $21 (€17) one way.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $166 (€136) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $111 (€91) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Manchester to Exeter online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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