There are 3 ways to get from Exeter to Ilfracombe by train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train, bus  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple
  2. Take the bus from Barnstaple, Bus Station to Ilfracombe, Wilder Road Car Park 21A / ...

$30 - $47

Cheapest option

Line 55 bus, bus  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Take the line 55 bus from Exeter City Centre, Paris Street to Tiverton, Bus Station 55 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Tiverton to Ilfracombe National Express

$13 - $17

1 alternative option

Drive  •  1 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Exeter to Ilfracombe 55.9 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Ilfracombe is to drive which costs £9 - £14 and takes 1 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Ilfracombe is to drive which costs £9 - £14 and takes 1 h 19 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to Ilfracombe. However, there are services departing from Exeter City Centre, Paris Street and arriving at Ilfracombe via Tiverton. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 2 min.

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The distance between Exeter and Ilfracombe is 43 miles. The road distance is 55.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Exeter to Ilfracombe without a car is to train and bus which takes 2 h 10 min and costs £23 - £40.

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It takes approximately 2 h 10 min to get from Exeter to Ilfracombe, including transfers.

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Exeter to Ilfracombe bus services, operated by Stagecoach South West, depart from Exeter City Centre, Paris Street station.

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Exeter to Ilfracombe bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Ilfracombe station.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Ilfracombe.
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  • Distance: 42.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 10 min

What companies run services between Exeter, England and Ilfracombe, England?

You can take a bus from Exeter to Ilfracombe via Tiverton, Bus Station and Tiverton in around 3 h 2 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$15 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $40
Bus operators
Stagecoach South West
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Barnstaple, Bus Station to Ilfracombe, Wilder Road Car Park
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Exeter City Centre, Paris Street to Tiverton, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
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 Tiverton to Ilfracombe
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com

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