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London to Exeter by train

It takes an average of 3h 20m to travel from London to Exeter by train, over a distance of around 157 miles (253 km). There are normally 75 trains per day traveling from London to Exeter and tickets for this journey start from $18.51 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 59m


157 miles (253 km)


75 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $18.51

Train operators

Great Western Railway, South Western Railway

London to Exeter train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Exeter for Thursday Feb 22nd 2024 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
17:03 On timelondon paddington19:15 On timeexeter st david'sPlatform 3 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets2h 12m, direct
17:23 On timelondon waterloo20:42 On timeexeter st david'sPlatform 14 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets3h 19m, direct
17:36 On timelondon paddington20:03 On timeexeter st david'sPlatform 5 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets2h 27m, direct
18:03 On timelondon paddington20:12 On timeexeter st david'sPlatform 8 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets2h 9m, direct
18:23 On timelondon waterloo21:43 On timeexeter st david'sPlatform 8 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets3h 20m, direct

Travel from London to Exeter by train in 1 hour 59 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from London to Exeter by train, look no further!

The average journey time from London to Exeter by train is 3 hours 20 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 1 hour 59 minutes. You'll usually find 75 trains per day traveling the 253 km between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Exeter.

Book train tickets from London to Exeter in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $18.51. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

FAQs for London to Exeter

Want to know more about your journey from London to Exeter? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Exeter take?

The average journey time by train between London and Exeter is 3 hours and 20 minutes, with around 75 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Exeter by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Exeter is 1 hour and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Exeter cost?

Train tickets from London to Exeter can start from as little as $18.51 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to Exeter?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Exeter without having to change trains. There are 75 direct trains from London to Exeter each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Exeter leave?

The first train from London to Exeter leaves at 05:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Exeter leave?

The last train from London to Exeter leaves at 23:52. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Exeter by train?

Trains travelling from London to Exeter cover a distance of around 157 miles (253 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Exeter to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to Exeter

Train tickets from London to Exeter start at $18.51 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

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Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Exeter is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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