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Train via Birmingham  •  5h 21m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Lancaster

£123 - £371

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Bus  •  9h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Exeter Sidwell St to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth National Express
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham, Navigation Street to Lancaster University, Underpass M11

£21 - £37

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Train  •  8h 36m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Cardiff Central
  2. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly
  3. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Lancaster

£137 - £195

Drive  •  4h 38m

  1. Drive from Exeter to Lancaster 282.3 miles

£40 - £65

Fly Exeter to Manchester, train  •  4h 51m

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to Manchester (MAN) EXT - MAN
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Lancaster

£70 - £318

Train, train to Southampton, fly to Manchester  •  7h 22m

  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 Manchester (MAN) SOU - MAN
  4. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Lancaster

£124 - £396

Fly Exeter to Newcastle, train  •  7h

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to Newcastle (NCL) EXT - NCL
  2. Take the train from Newcastle to Carlisle
  3. Take the train from Carlisle to Lancaster

£105 - £447

Train to Newquay, fly to Manchester, train  •  8h 59m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Newquay
  2. Fly from Newquay (NQY) to Manchester (MAN) NQY - MAN
  3. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Lancaster

£94 - £235

Exeter to Lancaster by train

The train journey time between Exeter and Lancaster is around 6h 3m and covers a distance of around 290 miles. The fastest train normally takes 4h 40m. Operated by CrossCountry and Avanti West Coast, the Exeter to Lancaster train service departs from Exeter St Davids and arrives in Lancaster. Typically 46 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 3m
Fastest train time:
4h 40m
Train distance:
290 miles
Trains per week:
46
Cheapest price:
£123
Carbon emissions:
24 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:27
Last train departs at:
20:56

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Exeter to Lancaster train schedules

Exeter → Lancaster
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The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Lancaster is to bus which costs £21 - £40 and takes 9h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Lancaster is to drive which costs £40 - £65 and takes 4h 38m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to Lancaster. However, there are services departing from Exeter Sidwell St and arriving at Lancaster City Centre, George Street via Birmingham, Navigation Street and Lancaster University, Underpass. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 43m.

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No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Lancaster. However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Lancaster via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 21m.

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The distance between Exeter and Lancaster is 233 miles. The road distance is 282.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Exeter to Lancaster without a car is to train via Birmingham which takes 5h 21m and costs £120 - £380.

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It takes approximately 5h 21m to get from Exeter to Lancaster, including transfers.

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Exeter to Lancaster bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Exeter Sidwell St station.

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

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The best way to get from Exeter to Lancaster is to train via Birmingham which takes 5h 21m and costs £120 - £380. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £21 - £40 and takes 9h 43m.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Lancaster.
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  • Distance: 233 miles
  • Duration: 5h 21m

What companies run services between Exeter, England and Lancaster, Lancashire, England?

You can take a train from Exeter to Lancaster via Birmingham New Street in around 5h 21m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Exeter to Lancaster via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth, Birmingham, Navigation Street, and Lancaster University, Underpass in around 9h 43m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Exeter to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£70 - £320
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£45 - £140
Flights from Exeter to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£110 - £450
Flights from Newquay to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£95 - £360
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Exeter to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£70 - £320
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£45 - £140
Flights from Exeter to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£110 - £450
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Exeter to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
£150 - £600
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £210
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Newquay to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £260
Train operators
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£45 - £160
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£45 - £65
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£120 - £160
Train from Carlisle to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£26 - £95
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£26 - £35
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£65 - £95
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
4 times a day
Estimated price
£40 - £55
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£40 - £55
Anytime Day 1st Class
£70 - £95
Train from Salisbury to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£12 - £15
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£12 - £15
Anytime Day 1st Class
£21 - £28
Train from Exeter St Davids to Newquay
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£35 - £50
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£35 - £50
Anytime Day 1st Class
£65 - £90
Northern Rail
Phone
+44 800 200 6060
Email
enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£21 - £35
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£21 - £26
Anytime Day 1st Class
£25 - £35
Train from Manchester Airport to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£24 - £45
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£24 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£30 - £45
Train from Newcastle to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£23 - £40
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£23 - £29
Anytime Day 1st Class
£28 - £40
Train from Carlisle to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£26 - £45
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£26 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£30 - £45
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£20 - £35
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£10 - £15
Off-Peak Day Single
£15 - £23
Anytime Day Single
£20 - £35
Train from Manchester Airport to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£23 - £40
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£11 - £16
Off-Peak Day Single
£17 - £26
Anytime Day Single
£23 - £40
Train from Carlisle to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£24 - £40
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£11 - £17
Off-Peak Day Single
£18 - £28
Anytime Day Single
£24 - £40
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Exeter Central to Salisbury
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £80
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£35 - £50
Anytime Day 1st Class
£65 - £80
Train from Salisbury to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£12 - £26
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£12 - £17
Anytime Day 1st Class
£21 - £26
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Newcastle to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£8 - £95
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£8 - £12
Anytime Day Single
£40 - £60
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£60 - £95
Bus operators
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 Exeter Sidwell St to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£8 - £11
Website
National Express
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Birmingham, Navigation Street to Lancaster University, Underpass
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£11 - £19
Website
Megabus UK

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The quickest flight from Exeter Airport to Manchester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Exeter to Lancaster bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Lancaster University, Underpass station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Exeter to Lancaster is 282 miles. It takes approximately 4h 38m to drive from Exeter to Lancaster.

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Blue Islands Limited and Aer Lingus offer flights from Exeter Airport to Manchester Airport.

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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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