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Train  •  4h 39m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
  3. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Carmarthen

£72 - £309

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Bus  •  8h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Sowton, Miller & Carter to Cabot Circus
  2. Take the bus from Bristol City Centre to Swansea City Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Swansea, Bus Station O to Carmarthen, Bus Station X11 / ...

£22 - £32

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Train via Taunton  •  5h 59m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Taunton
  2. Take the train from Taunton to Cardiff Central
  3. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Carmarthen

£71 - £203

Drive  •  2h 50m

  1. Drive from Exeter to Carmarthen 170.8 miles

£25 - £40

Exeter to Carmarthen by train

The train journey time between Exeter and Carmarthen is around 5h 19m and covers a distance of around 191 miles. The fastest train normally takes 3h 59m. Operated by CrossCountry, First Great Western Service and Transport for Wales, the Exeter to Carmarthen train service departs from Exeter St Davids and arrives in Carmarthen. Typically 87 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 19m
Fastest train time:
3h 59m
Trains per week:
87
Cheapest price:
£83
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
01:06
Last train departs at:
22:37

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Exeter to Carmarthen train schedules

Exeter → Carmarthen
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Carmarthen is 111.

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The cost-effective way to get from Exeter to Carmarthen is to bus, which costs £21 - £35 and takes 8h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Carmarthen is to drive which costs £25 - £40 and takes 2h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to Carmarthen station. However, there are services departing from Exeter City Centre, Lower Summerlands and arriving at Carmarthen, Bus Station via Sowton, Miller & Carter, Bristol City Centre and Swansea, Bus Station O. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 37m.

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No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Carmarthen. However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Carmarthen via Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 39m.

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The distance between Exeter and Carmarthen is 86 miles. The road distance is 170.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Exeter to Carmarthen without a car is to train which takes 4h 39m and costs £70 - £310.

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It takes approximately 4h 39m to get from Exeter to Carmarthen, including transfers.

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Exeter to Carmarthen bus services, operated by Stagecoach South West, depart from Sowton, Miller & Carter station.

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

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The best way to get from Exeter to Carmarthen is to train which takes 4h 39m and costs £70 - £310. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £21 - £35 and takes 8h 37m.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Carmarthen.
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  • Distance: 85.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 39m

What companies run services between Exeter, England and Carmarthen, Wales?

You can take a train from Exeter to Carmarthen via Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central in around 4h 39m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Exeter to Carmarthen via Sowton, Miller & Carter, Cabot Circus, Bristol City Centre, and Swansea, Bus Station O in around 8h 37m.

Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£40 - £140
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£40 - £55
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £140
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£29 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£29 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£75 - £110
Train from Exeter St Davids to Taunton
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£26 - £110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£26 - £32
Anytime Day 1st Class
£75 - £110
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £35
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£28 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£45 - £65
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £19
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£15 - £19
Anytime Day 1st Class
£26 - £35
Train from Cardiff Central to Carmarthen
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£29 - £35
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£29 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£45 - £65
Train from Exeter St Davids to Taunton
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£13 - £16
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£13 - £16
Anytime Day 1st Class
£22 - £29
Train from Taunton to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £40
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£50 - £70
Bus operators
Stagecoach South West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Sowton, Miller & Carter to Cabot Circus
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £12
Website
Stagecoach South West
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bristol City Centre to Swansea City Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£8 - £10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
First Cymru
Phone
+44 1792 57 22 55
Website
firstbus.co.uk
Bus from Swansea, Bus Station O to Carmarthen, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
First Cymru
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Swansea Bus Station to Carmarthen
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Website
National Express
New Adventure Travel
Phone
+44 29 2044 2040
Email
sales@natgroup.co.uk
Website
natgroup.co.uk
Bus from Swansea, Bus Station C to Carmarthen, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Website
New Adventure Travel

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Exeter to Carmarthen bus services, operated by First Cymru, arrive at Carmarthen, Bus Station.

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Exeter to Carmarthen train services, operated by Transport for Wales, arrive at Carmarthen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Exeter to Carmarthen is 171 miles. It takes approximately 2h 50m to drive from Exeter to Carmarthen.

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