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Exeter St David's is considered the main station within the city, connecting the region with London, Plymouth and Penzance to name just a few. Managed by GWR whose trains frequently call at the station Exeter St. David's is also a stopping point for CrossCountry and South Western Railway trains.

Exeter St. David's first opened in 1844 and designed as much of the rail infrastructure was at the time by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Originally built with just 2 platforms, the station has since grown to 6 platforms to serve a variety of mainline routes and smaller branch lines to Exmouth, Barnstaple and Paignton

For anyone with a National Railcard, Exter is the furthest point west in which discounted fares can be obtained using this particular incentive scheme.

Visitors to Exeter can walk to the city centre in around 15 minutes, whilst the University of Exeter, the Royal Albert Museum, Exeter Cathedral and the Princesshay shopping mall are all within 20 minutes walk. A trip to Exeter isn't complete without walking along the City Wall Trail, with around 70% of the Roman wall still protecting the city some 2,000 years later. 

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Reservations and tickets requiring reservations are sold at the following times only: Weekdays (Mon-Fri) 08:45 - 19:40, Saturday 08:45 - 18:30 Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 20:40
Saturday 06:15 - 20:00
Sunday 07:30 - 20:40
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property phone number03457 000 125
ShopsAvailable
PostboxAvailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Staff assistance is available; please request assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked assistance in advance.
Customer Service notes

Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)

Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces353
Carpark charges
Annual£1270.50
Daily£9.90
Monthly£159.00
Three Monthly£437.00
Weekly£49.50
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces184
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 1
Cycle storage notes<p>Cycles can be carried on our trains free of charge.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

via lifts to all plts. Ticket office and car park are both step free

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

The entrance to the station is on Isambard Parade which is also conveniently served by a large number of local bus services with two bus stops immediately outside the station. There is also a taxi rank and pay and display car park immediately outside on Bonhay Road. Before passing through the ticket gates within the station building you will find a WH Smith, a Pumpkin Cafe and ticket hall with a ticket office and self-service machines. 

Platform one has further cycle storage racks, toilets, baby change, help points and a waiting area. There are two footbridges at the station, with one providing step-free access to platforms 3 to 6. Platform 2 is located to the right of the main station building as you enter. 

A further Pumpkin Cafe, toilets and waiting room are also located on platform 5 and 6

Exeter Airport is an accessible international airport for passengers travelling abroad from Southwest England. Many people choose to take the train when travelling to the airport for convenience and to save time and money. The airport is around six miles east of Exeter city centre, located in Clyst Honiton. To get from Exeter to Exeter Airport terminal, you can take the number 56 bus from Exeter St David’s train station. The journey takes 30 minutes and buses run every 45-60 minutes Monday to Friday and every hour on Saturday and Sunday.

Find out more about trains to Exeter Airport

Departures and arrivals from Exeter St David's

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Exeter St David's station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to BarnstapleGreat Western Railway10:213Late
to AberdeenCrossCountry10:275On time
to PaigntonGreat Western Railway10:303On time
to PlymouthCrossCountry10:464On time
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway10:491On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from PlymouthCrossCountry10:235On time
from ExmouthGreat Western Railway10:263Late
from Bude BusGreat Western Railway10:32On time
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway10:366On time
from PaigntonGreat Western Railway10:421On time

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