How to travel from Manchester to Exeter

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from Manchester to Exeter

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

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To get from Manchester to Exeter on Jul 06 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:00PMManchester, Coach Station7h30 01:30AMExeter, Honiton Road
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06:00PMManchester, Coach Station7h30 01:30AMExeter, Honiton Road
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12:30PMManchester, Coach Station8h05 08:35PMExeter, Honiton Road
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06:00PMManchester, Coach Station7h40 01:40AMExeter
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12:30PMManchester, Coach Station8h15 08:45PMExeter
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Travel Information from Manchester to Exeter

distanceDistance197 miles (318 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • $111 (€99) • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Loganair or Transport for Wales

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 197 miles (318 km) from Manchester to Exeter. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express, Loganair or Transport for 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. 

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Exeter

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There are 4 ways to travel between Manchester and Exeter including taking a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Exeter is by taking a ferry. You can find average ticket prices around $1 (€1) compared to other travel options to Exeter:

A ferry is generally $39 (€35) less than a bus for the same trip. Taking a bus costs on average $39 (€35) from Manchester to Exeter.

Taking a ferry is usually $111 (€99) less than taking a flight to Exeter, which costs on average $111 (€99) for the same trip.

Taking a ferry is about $50 (€45) less than taking a train, which costs on average $50 (€45) for this journey.

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

Other travel options to Exeter can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 6 h 39 min   of travel time.

In comparison, going by ferry can take 0 h 0 min   on average.

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

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Exeter is:

  • 5 buses per day.
  • 15 trains a day.

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

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

  • Most travelers board their bus from Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in Exeter, Bus Station.
  • Most travelers take a flight from Manchester Airport to Exeter International Airport.
  • Most travelers board their train from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Exeter St Davids.

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

  • You can go to Exeter from Manchester by bus with National Express. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $39 (€35) with National Express from Manchester to Exeter on Omio.
  • You can take a flight from Manchester to Exeter with Loganair. Cheap tickets can be found for $111 (€99) with Loganair from Manchester to Exeter.
  • You can travel by train from Manchester to Exeter with Transport for Wales, and you can find Transport for Wales Manchester to Exeter tickets for $50 (€45) on Omio.
Many of our customers traveling from Manchester to Exeter don't make Exeter their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Exeter are London, Bristol or Plymouth, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Exeter to any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $39 (€35) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $111 (€99) one way.
  • Ferry tickets cost $1 (€1) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average $50 (€45) 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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