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 South Western Railway  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Exeter Central to Salisbury
  2. Take the train from Salisbury to Southampton Central

$39 - $68

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Exeter to Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade National Express

$13 - $18

2 alternative options

Train via Westbury (Wilts)  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Westbury (Wilts)
  2. Take the train from Westbury (Wilts) to Southampton Central

$68 - $125

Drive  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Exeter to Southampton 109 miles

$23 - $35

Questions & Answers

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

More details

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

More details

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

More details

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 36 min.

More details

The distance between Exeter and Southampton is 94 miles. The road distance is 109 miles.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Exeter to Southampton without a car is to train which takes 2 h 36 min and costs £29 - £55.

More details

It takes approximately 2 h 36 min to get from Exeter to Southampton, including transfers.

More details

Exeter to Southampton bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Exeter station.

More details

Exeter to Southampton train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from Exeter Central station.

More details

The best way to get from Exeter to Southampton is to train which takes 2 h 36 min and costs £29 - £55. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £10 - £14 and takes 5 h 15 min.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Exeter to Southampton.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 94.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 36 min

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 36 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Exeter to Southampton once daily. Tickets cost $13 - $18 and the journey takes 5 h 15 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
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $16
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 - $24
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$9 - $15
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $24
Train from Exeter St Davids to Westbury (Wilts)
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$23 - $40
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $75
Train from Westbury (Wilts) to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $25
Advanced Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$26 - $50
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 to Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
nationalexpress.com

Want to know more about travelling around United Kingdom

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.