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Barnstaple to Exeter by train

It takes an average of 1h 13m to travel from Barnstaple to Exeter by train, over a distance of around 34 miles (54 km). There are normally 30 trains per day travelling from Barnstaple to Exeter and tickets for this journey start from £7 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 55m
PriceFrom £7
Distance34 miles (54 km)
Frequency30 trains per day
First train05:25
Last train23:07
Departure stationBarnstaple
Arrival stationExeter
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway

Barnstaple to Exeter train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barnstaple to Exeter for Tuesday 17th May 2022 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.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:35 10:41 1h 6m, direct
10:35 11:41 1h 6m, direct
11:35 12:40 1h 5m, direct
12:35 13:41 1h 6m, direct
13:35 14:40 1h 5m, direct
14:35 15:41 1h 6m, direct
15:35 16:40 1h 5m, direct
16:31 17:43 1h 12m, direct
17:33 18:50 1h 17m, direct
18:38 19:46 1h 8m, direct

Travelling from Barnstaple to Exeter by train

Looking to travel from Barnstaple to Exeter by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 1 hour 35 minutes to travel from Barnstaple to Exeter by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 55 minutes though. You'll usually find 30 trains per day running along the 34 miles (54 km) route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won't need to make any changes on your way to Exeter. You can choose to travel with Great Western Railway or South Western Railway to get to Exeter – both train companies offer modern comfortable services that will whisk you there in no time.

To help you get great train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Barnstaple to Exeter in our Journey Planner. Just remember, as well as travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from £7.00.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, scroll up for timetables including live train times, or keep reading for FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Barnstaple 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 Barnstaple to Exeter take?

The average journey time by train between Barnstaple and Exeter is 1 hour and 13 minutes, with around 30 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 Barnstaple and Exeter by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barnstaple to Exeter is 55 minutes.

How much does the train from Barnstaple to Exeter cost?

Train ticket prices from Barnstaple to Exeter can start from as little as £7 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Barnstaple to Exeter?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barnstaple to Exeter without having to change trains. There are 30 direct trains from Barnstaple 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 Barnstaple to Exeter leave?

The first train from Barnstaple to Exeter leaves at 05:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barnstaple to Exeter leaves at 23:07. 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 Barnstaple and Exeter by train?

Trains travelling from Barnstaple to Exeter cover a distance of around 34 miles (54 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Barnstaple to Exeter

Train tickets from Barnstaple to Exeter start at £7 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.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

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 Barnstaple 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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