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London to Exeter by train

It takes an average of 3h 19m to travel from London to Exeter by train, over a distance of around 157 miles (253 km). There are normally 79 trains per day travelling from London to Exeter and tickets for this journey start from £14.60 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 59m


157 miles (253 km)


79 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £14.60

Train operators

Great Western Railway, South Western Railway

Travelling from London to Exeter by train

Thinking about a trip to Devon and looking to travel from London to Exeter by train? You’ve come to the right place! 

On the fastest services, the train from London to Exeter takes just 2h 3m, but it usually takes around 3h 15m. There are around 68 trains running on this popular route every day. As there are direct trains available to Exeter from London, there’s no need for any changes once you’re on board. 

On this route, you can travel with either Great Western Railway or South Western Railway. Both train operators offer free WiFi, at-seat power sockets and generous luggage allowance, making your train travel a breeze. 

To snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak time – tickets are usually cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. If you want to save even more, get a Railcard – you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.

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

*Single Standard Class ticket

Journey details

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 19 minutes, with around 79 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 ticket prices from London to Exeter can start from as little as £14.60 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 London to Exeter?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Exeter without having to change trains. There are 79 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 23:50. 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. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from London to Exeter.

Cheap train tickets from London to Exeter

Train tickets from London to Exeter start at £14.60 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 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.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

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

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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