How to travel from Manchester to Exeter

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from Manchester to Exeter

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

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The best way to travel from Manchester to Exeter is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

National Express
02:30PM7h40
Manchester
10:10PMExeter
$291One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
National Express
02:30PM7h40
Manchester
10:10PMExeter
$291One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Megabus
05:40PM7h12
Manchester
12:52AMExeter
$381One-way
0 transfers
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Megabus
05:00PM7h57
Manchester
12:57AMExeter
$331One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
10:40AM7h39
Manchester
06:19PMExeter
$331One-way
0 transfers
National Express
12:30PM8h15
Manchester
08:45PMExeter
$601One-way
0 transfers

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Travel Information to Exeter from Manchester

distanceDistance197 miles (318 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$16 - $156
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $16 (€14) • 6 h 3 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $156 (€136) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Blue Islands or CrossCountry

Take a train or bus to travel 197 miles (318 km) from Manchester to Exeter. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express, Blue Islands or CrossCountry among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight 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 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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Travel to Exeter from Manchester on CrossCountry and National Express travel with Omio. When comparing schedules and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains between Manchester and Exeter. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

    National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance travel company operating over 550 travel per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates travel services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express travel have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most travel come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your travel from Manchester to Exeter, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

      FAQs: Travel from Manchester to Exeter

      FAQs: 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.
      FAQs

      You can get between Manchester and Exeter 2 different ways: train or bus.

      The cheapest way to travel to Exeter from Manchester is a bus with an average price of $16 (€14).

      This is compared to other travel options from Manchester to Exeter:

      A bus is $139 (€122) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Manchester to Exeter costing on average $156 (€136).

      A bus is $75 (€66) less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Manchester to Exeter costing on average $91 (€80).

      The quickest way to travel to Exeter from Manchester is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 10 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

      Bus takes on average 6 h 3 min.

      Train takes 4 h 25 min on average.

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

      The average frequency per day from Manchester to Exeter is:

      • 12 trains a day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Exeter from Manchester as scheduled services by train or bus can vary by season or day of the week.

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

      • Buses most often depart from Manchester at Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in Exeter at Exeter, Honiton Road Park and Ride.
      • 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.

      The following travel companies offer services from Manchester to Exeter:

      • National Express or Megabus can take you to Exeter by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Megabus from Manchester to Exeter for $16 (€14).
      • Blue Islands or Azul can get you to Exeter by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Azul from Manchester to Exeter for $183 (€160) on Omio.
      • Travel with CrossCountry, Transport for Wales, Great Western Rail or Virgin Trains to go to Exeter by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Transport for Wales Manchester to Exeter tickets on Omio for $70 (€62).

      Yes, there are direct routes from Manchester to Exeter with the following travel companies:

      • You can find 1 direct train per day to take to Exeter with CrossCountry.

      Direct services to Exeter tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.

      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, Birmingham or Edinburgh. If you're looking to explore London, Bristol, Birmingham or Edinburgh from Exeter, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
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