COVID-19 Travel restrictions may apply in United Kingdom. Learn More.
Duration 5h 2m
Distance 261.2 miles
Average price £220
Frequency 12/day

Trip overview

The average train between Exeter and Preston takes 5h 2m and the fastest train takes 4h 22m. There is a train service every few hours from Exeter to Preston. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Train via Birmingham

  1. Exeter St Davids
  2. Birmingham New Street
  3. Preston
4h 56m
Bookable on Rome2rio
£113 - £351

Exeter to Preston train times

Trains run every two hours between Exeter and Preston. The earliest departure is at 11:27 in the morning, and the last departure from Exeter is at 19:27 which arrives into Preston at 07:51. All services require a transfer at Birmingham New Street and take an average of 5h 2m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frequently asked questions

Want to know about travelling from Exeter to Preston? We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions from our users such as: What is the cheapest mode of transport?, What is the quickest option?, How much do tickets usually cost? and many more.

There is widespread community transmission globally.
Some travel restrictions may still be in place within United Kingdom. For the latest travel status, please check the official page for United Kingdom.

Learn More.

No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Preston. However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Preston via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 56m.

More details

The distance between Exeter and Preston is 214 miles. The road distance is 261.2 miles.

Get driving directions

Exeter to Preston train services, operated by CrossCountry, depart from Exeter St Davids station.

More details

Exeter to Preston train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Preston station.

More details

Book your Exeter to Preston train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

Search and book

There are 1270+ hotels available in Preston. Prices start at £75 per night.

More details

Get the Rome2rio app

Find the best way to get from A to B, anywhere in the world, on your mobile or tablet.

Compare your options: plane, train, bus, car, ferry, bike share, driving and walking directions all in one search.

Learn more about our apps