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There are 7 ways to get from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 28m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport

£63 - £142

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Bus  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Exeter Sidwell St to Heathrow Airport London T2,3 National Express
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Coach Station Lgw

£16 - £23

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Train via Woking  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the train from Exeter Central to Woking
  2. Take the train from Guildford to Gatwick Airport

£78 - £146

Drive  •  3h 13m

  1. Drive from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 183.7 miles

£27 - £40

Fly Exeter to London Gatwick  •  5h 25m

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to London Gatwick (LGW) EXT - LGW

£77 - £273

Train to Newquay, fly to London Gatwick  •  6h 52m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Newquay
  2. Fly from Newquay (NQY) to London Gatwick (LGW) NQY - LGW

£81 - £260

Fly Exeter to London Heathrow, bus  •  7h 10m

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to London Heathrow (LHR) EXT - LHR
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Coach Station

£95 - £306

Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) by train

The train journey time between Exeter and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is around 3h 42m and covers a distance of around 190 miles. The fastest train normally takes 3h. Operated by First Great Western Service, Great Northern and South Western Railway, the Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) train service departs from Exeter St Davids and arrives in Gatwick Airport. Typically 152 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 42m
Fastest train time:
3h
Train distance:
190 miles
Trains per week:
152
Cheapest price:
£70
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
01:06
Last train departs at:
20:51

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) train schedules

Exeter → London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is to bus which costs £16 - £23 and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 3h 13m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) station. However, there are services departing from Exeter Sidwell St and arriving at Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Coach Station via Heathrow Central Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW). However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Gatwick Airport via Reading. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 28m.

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The distance between Exeter and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is 150 miles. The road distance is 183.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) without a car is to train which takes 3h 28m and costs £60 - £150.

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It takes approximately 3h 28m to get from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), including transfers.

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Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Exeter Sidwell St station.

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Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) train services, operated by First Great Western Service, depart from Exeter St Davids station.

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The best way to get from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is to train which takes 3h 28m and costs £60 - £150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £23 and takes 5h 20m, you could also fly, which costs £75 - £280 and takes 5h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
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  • Distance: 150.4 miles
  • Duration: 3h 28m

What companies run services between Exeter, England and London Gatwick Airport (LGW), England?

You can take a train from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) via Reading in around 3h 28m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Heathrow Central Bus Station in around 5h 20m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Exeter to London Gatwick via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£40 - £180
Flights from Exeter to London Gatwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
£210 - £800
Flights from Exeter to London Gatwick via Alicante
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£100 - £320
Flights from Exeter to London Gatwick via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £220
Flights from Exeter to London Gatwick via Scilly Isles, Newquay
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£45 - £200
Flights from Newquay to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£45 - £390
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Exeter to London Heathrow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £460
Flights from Exeter to London Heathrow via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £460
Flights from Exeter to London Heathrow via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£180 - £600
Flights from Exeter to London Heathrow via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£180 - £600
Aurigny
Website
aurigny.com
Flights from Exeter to London Gatwick via Guernsey
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £800
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Exeter to London Heathrow via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
£110 - £600
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Exeter to London Heathrow via Jersey, Durham
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£180 - £600
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Reading
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£45 - £60
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£45 - £60
Anytime Day 1st Class
£85 - £120
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£20 - £25
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£20 - £25
Anytime Day 1st Class
£35 - £50
Train from Guildford to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £14
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£11 - £14
Anytime Day 1st Class
£19 - £26
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
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Reading
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£60 - £120
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£60 - £80
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £120
Train from Exeter Central to Woking
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£65 - £130
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£65 - £85
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £130
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 Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£8 - £10
Website
National Express

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There is no direct flight from Exeter Airport to London Gatwick Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 30m and has one stopover.

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Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) bus services, operated by Oxford Bus Company, arrive at Gatwick Airport, South Terminal Coach Station.

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Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) train services, operated by First Great Western Service, arrive at Gatwick Airport station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is 184 miles. It takes approximately 3h 13m to drive from Exeter to London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

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Ryanair, Aurigny, Blue Islands Limited and three other airlines offer flights from Exeter Airport to London Gatwick 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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