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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

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.

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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 TemplecombeSouth Western Railway06:38Scheduled
to TemplecombeSouth Western Railway07:14On time
to Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway07:594Scheduled
to AxminsterSouth Western Railway08:06On time
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway08:173Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from SalisburySouth Western Railway09:00Scheduled
from Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway09:163Scheduled
from Bristol Temple MeadsGreat Western Railway09:234Scheduled
from ExmouthGreat Western Railway09:273Scheduled
from TotnesGreat Western Railway09:29On time
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