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There are 9 ways to get from Exeter to Rennes by train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, car, car train or plane

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Train  •  8h 22m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  3. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 to Rennes Tgv

€236 - €523

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  18h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Exeter Sidwell St to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Paris 802 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Rennes 792 / ...

€42 - €63

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Train, car ferry  •  15h 56m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff
  3. Take the train from Morlaix to Rennes Tgv / ...

€80 - €291

Drive, car ferry  •  8h 32m

  1. Drive from Exeter to Poole
  2. Take the car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
  3. Drive from Cherbourg to Rennes

€67 - €131

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  9h 27m

  1. Drive from Exeter to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Rennes

€251 - €300

Fly Exeter to Jersey, car ferry, bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to Jersey (JER) EXT - JER
  2. Take the car ferry from St Helier, Jersey to Saint-Malo
  3. Take the bus from Saint-Malo to Rennes

€126 - €293

Train, train to Southampton, fly to Rennes  •  7h 6m

  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 Rennes (RNS) SOU - RNS

€132 - €611

Train to Bristol, fly to Jersey, car ferry, bus  •  9h 21m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Jersey (JER) BRS - JER
  3. Take the car ferry from St Helier, Jersey to Saint-Malo
  4. Take the bus from Saint-Malo to Rennes

€155 - €432

Fly Exeter to Guernsey, car ferry, bus  •  9h 58m

  1. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to Guernsey (GCI) EXT - GCI
  2. Take the car ferry from St Peter Port, Guernsey to Saint-Malo
  3. Take the bus from Saint-Malo to Rennes

€104 - €307

Exeter to Rennes by train, subway and walk

The journey time between Exeter and Rennes is around 9h 29m and covers a distance of around 1095 km. The fastest journey normally takes 7h 33m. Operated by First Great Western Service, Great Northern, London Underground (Tube) and others, the Exeter to Rennes service departs from Exeter St Davids and arrives in Rennes. Typically 23 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
9h 29m
Fastest journey time:
7h 33m
Journey distance:
1095 km
Services per week:
23
Cheapest price:
€247
Carbon emissions:
57 kg CO2

First and last service

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

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Exeter to Rennes train, subway and walk schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rennes is 800 130 000.

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The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Rennes is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £35 - £55 and takes 18h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Rennes is to train and fly which costs £110 - £550 and takes 7h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to Rennes. However, there are services departing from Exeter Sidwell St and arriving at Rennes via London, Lille and Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Rennes. However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Rennes via Paddington, London St Pancras Eurostar, Gare du Nord and Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 22m.

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It is approximately 320 km to get from Exeter to Rennes.

The best way to get from Exeter to Rennes without a car is to train which takes 8h 22m and costs £200 - £450.

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It takes approximately 8h 22m to get from Exeter to Rennes, including transfers.

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

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Exeter to Rennes train services, operated by First Great Western Service, depart from Exeter St Davids station.

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The quickest flight from Exeter Airport to Jersey Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Rennes.
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  • Distance: 319.8 km
  • Duration: 8h 22m

What companies run services between Exeter, England and Rennes, France?

You can take a train from Exeter to Rennes via London Paddington, Paddington, King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, Paris Nord, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse-Bienvenue, and Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 in around 8h 22m.

Airlines
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Exeter to Jersey
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €420
Flights from Bristol to Jersey
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €290
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Rennes
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€170 - €350
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Jersey
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€80 - €330
Aurigny
Website
aurigny.com
Flights from Exeter to Guernsey
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €380
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 London Paddington
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€70 - €90
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€70 - €90
Anytime Day 1st Class
€120 - €170
Train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€23 - €29
Anytime Day 1st Class
€40 - €55
Train from Salisbury to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€14 - €18
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€14 - €18
Anytime Day 1st Class
€24 - €35
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€30 - €45
Anytime Day 1st Class
€55 - €75
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 to Rennes
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €80
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€60 - €75
1st Class
€65 - €80
Train from Morlaix to Rennes
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€40 - €50
1st Class
€40 - €50
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
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
57 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €170
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
€50 - €65
Anytime Day 1st Class
€110 - €170
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Morlaix to Rennes
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€23 - €35
Rail 1st Class
€30 - €50
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€154
Website
Eurotunnel
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
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 London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
National Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Lille
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Paris
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Rennes
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€18 - €22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Saint-Malo to Rennes
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Lille to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Blablabus
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Rennes
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €16
Website
Blablabus
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €95
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
€30 - €40
Car
€65 - €95
Car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€27 - €70
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
€27 - €35
Car
€50 - €70
Condor Ferries
Phone
01202 207216
Email
contactcentre@condorferries.co.uk
Website
condorferries.co.uk
Car ferry from St Helier, Jersey to Saint-Malo
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
Condor Ferries
Car ferry from St Peter Port, Guernsey to Saint-Malo
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Condor Ferries

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Exeter to Rennes bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at Rennes station.

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Rennes is 1h ahead of Exeter. It is currently 10:06 PM in Exeter and 11:06 PM in Rennes.

Exeter to Rennes train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Rennes station.

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Blue Islands Limited offers flights from Exeter Airport to Jersey Airport.

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There are 109+ hotels available in Rennes. 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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