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There are 7 ways to get from Exeter to Manchester by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Birmingham

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Exeter Sidwell St to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St

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Train

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Exeter to Manchester

Fly from Exeter

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to Manchester (MAN)

Train, train to Southampton, fly

  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)

Train to London Heathrow, fly

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Manchester (MAN)

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The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Manchester is to bus which costs £14 - £19 and takes 7h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Manchester is to fly which costs £35 - £240 and takes 3h 7m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to Manchester station. However, there are services departing from Exeter Sidwell St and arriving at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Manchester. However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 47m.

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It is 199 miles from Exeter to Manchester. It is approximately 241.1 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Exeter to Manchester without a car is to train via Birmingham which takes 4h 47m and costs £110 - £370.

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It takes approximately 4h 47m to get from Exeter to Manchester, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Exeter to Manchester is to train via Birmingham which takes 4h 47m and costs £110 - £370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £14 - £19 and takes 7h 45m, you could also fly, which costs £35 - £240 and takes 3h 7m.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 199.4 miles
  • Duration: 4h 47m

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

You can take a train from Exeter to Manchester via Birmingham New Street in around 4h 47m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Exeter to Manchester via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 7h 45m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £280
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Exeter to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£70 - £330
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£50 - £170
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
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
£75 - £220
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£75 - £95
Anytime Day 1st Class
£150 - £220
Train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£45 - £150
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£45 - £55
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £150
Transport for Wales
Website
tfw.gov.wales
Train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£40 - £60
Website
tfw.wales
Train from Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£75 - £110
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
£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
Once 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 London Paddington
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£60 - £75
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£60 - £75
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £140
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
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
4h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£8 - £11
Website
National Express
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£6 - £8
Website
National Express

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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 Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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Exeter to Manchester train services, operated by CrossCountry, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Exeter to Manchester is 241 miles. It takes approximately 4h 4m to drive from Exeter to Manchester.

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Blue Islands Limited offers 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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