There are 4 ways to get from Exeter to Southampton by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 50 min

$40 - $70

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. National Express

$13 - $18

2 alternative options

Bus via POOLE, Dorset  •  4 h 58 min

  1. National Express
  2. 206

$18 - $26

Drive  •  2 h 8 min

  1. 109 miles

$23 - $35

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

You can take a train from Exeter to Southampton via Salisbury in around 2 h 50 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Exeter to Southampton via POOLE, Dorset and Poole, Seldown Coach Station in around 4 h 58 min.

Train operators
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Exeter Central to Salisbury
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Salisbury to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $17
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Salisbury to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$10 - $15
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $25
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Exeter to POOLE, Dorset
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Poole, Seldown Coach Station to Southampton City Centre, Coach Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Exeter to Southampton
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Exeter and Southampton is 151 km. The road distance is 174 km.

The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Southampton is to bus which costs £10 - £14 and takes 5 h 15 min.

The quickest way to get from Exeter to Southampton is to drive which takes 2 h 8 min and costs £17 - £26.

No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Southampton. However, there are services departing from Exeter Central and arriving at Southampton Central via Salisbury. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Exeter and arriving at Southampton. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 15 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to get from Exeter to Southampton, including transfers.