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There are 9 ways to get from Exeter to Ireland by train, car ferry, car or plane

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Train, car ferry via Crewe

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
  3. Take the train from Crewe to Holyhead
  4. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

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Train to Bristol, fly to Dublin

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB)

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Train, car ferry

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Cardiff Central
  2. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Holyhead
  3. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Exeter to Holyhead
  2. Take the car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin

Fly Exeter to Belfast City, train

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to Belfast City (BHD)
  2. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Drogheda

Train to Birmingham, fly to Dublin

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Dublin (DUB)

Train, train to Southampton, fly to Dublin

  1. Take the train from Exeter Central to Salisbury
  2. Take the train from Salisbury to Southampton Airport Parkway
  3. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Dublin (DUB)

Train to Bristol, fly to Cork

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Cork (ORK)

Train to Bristol, fly to Belfast (Aldergrove), train

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS)
  3. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Drogheda

Exeter to Ireland by train, walk, car ferry and bus

The journey time between Exeter and Ireland is around 14h 31m and covers a distance of around 634 km. This includes an average layover time of around 5h 31m. The fastest journey normally takes 10h 39m. Operated by CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, London Midland and others, the Exeter to Ireland service departs from Exeter St Davids and arrives in Cumberland Road. Typically 20 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
9h
Layover time:
5h 31m
Total time:
14h 31m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
10h 39m
Journey distance:
634 km
Services per week:
20
Cheapest price:
€195
Carbon emissions:
45 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:27
Last service departs at:
20:56

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Exeter to Ireland train, walk, car ferry and bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
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International entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

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Conditions of entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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  • 14 day mandatory monitored quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 10 in quarantine
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Rules to follow in Ireland

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The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Ireland from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Ireland is 1850 24 1850.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Ireland is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Ireland is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1850 24 1850.

No, returning to United Kingdom from Ireland is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 12 Sep 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Ireland is to train and fly which costs £45 - £270 and takes 4h 46m.

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The fastest way to get from Exeter to Ireland is to train and fly. Taking this option will cost £45 - £270 and takes 4h 46m.

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The distance between Exeter and Ireland is 388 km.

The best way to get from Exeter to Ireland without a car is to train and car ferry via Crewe which takes 12h 12m and costs £160 - £550.

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It takes approximately 12h 12m to get from Exeter to Ireland, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Dublin Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer flights from Bristol Airport to Dublin Airport.

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There are 30+ hotels available in Ireland. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Exeter to Exeter Airport is to line 56 bus which takes 25 min and costs £2 - £3.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Ireland.
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  • Distance: 387.8 km
  • Duration: 12h 12m

What companies run services between Exeter, England and Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Exeter to Ireland. However, you can take the train to Birmingham New Street, take the train to Crewe, take the train to Holyhead, take the walk to Holyhead, take the car ferry to Dublin, take the walk to Ferry Terminal, stop 2270, then take the line 53 bus to Cumberland Road. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Exeter to Dublin via Cardiff Central, Holyhead, Holyhead, Dublin, and Ferry Terminal, stop 2270 in around 14h 3m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€15 - €120
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€14 - €150
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €220
Flights from Bristol to Belfast (Aldergrove) via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €220
Flights from Bristol to Belfast (Aldergrove) via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€30 - €220
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €95
Flights from Exeter to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €550
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €600
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€550 - €1900
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Exeter to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €330
Flights from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €600
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €280
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Southampton to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €340
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Exeter St Davids to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€90 - €250
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
€90 - €110
Anytime Day 1st Class
€170 - €250
Train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
€40 - €50
Anytime Day 1st Class
€100 - €150
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €170
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
€50 - €65
Anytime Day 1st Class
€110 - €170
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €85
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
€23 - €30
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€60 - €85
Train from Crewe to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€45 - €160
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
€45 - €60
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€120 - €160
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €27
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
€6 - €10
Anytime Day Single
€23 - €27
Transport for Wales
Website
tfw.gov.wales
Train from Birmingham New Street to Crewe
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €50
Website
tfw.wales
Train from Crewe to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
tfw.wales
Train from Cardiff Central to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€120 - €170
Website
tfw.wales
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €60
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€45 - €60
Anytime Day 1st Class
€80 - €110
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€30 - €40
Anytime Day 1st Class
€55 - €75
Train from Salisbury to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€14 - €18
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€14 - €18
Anytime Day 1st Class
€24 - €35
Irish Rail
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Exeter Central to Salisbury
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €90
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
€45 - €60
Anytime Day 1st Class
€75 - €90
Train from Salisbury to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €30
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
€15 - €19
Anytime Day 1st Class
€25 - €30
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€33 - €37
Website
Irish Ferries
Car
€120 - €140
On Foot
€33 - €37

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