There are 6 ways to get from Exeter to Swanage by bus, train 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.

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Bus, line 30 bus  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Exeter to Dorchester National Express
  2. Take the line 30 bus from Wool Station to Swanage, Bus Station 30

$22 - $29

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Train, line 40 bus  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Castle Cary
  2. Take the train from Castle Cary to Upwey
  3. Take the line 40 bus from Northport, Bere Road to Swanage, Bus Station 40

$65 - $110

Train  •  5 h 16 min

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

$59 - $95

Train, bus  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Exeter Central to Axminster
  2. Take the bus from Axminster, Rail Station to Weymouth, Kings Statue X53
  3. Take the bus from Weymouth, Kings Statue to Swanage, Bus Station 30

$29 - $37

Bus  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Exeter City Centre, Bus Station to Axminster, Rail Station 4 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Axminster, Rail Station to Weymouth, Kings Statue X53
  3. Take the bus from Weymouth, Kings Statue to Swanage, Bus Station 30

$28 - $30

Drive  •  1 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Exeter to Swanage 85.8 miles

$18 - $27

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The cheapest way to get from Exeter to Swanage is to drive which costs £14 - £21 and takes 1 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Swanage is to drive which costs £14 - £21 and takes 1 h 44 min.

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The distance between Exeter and Swanage is 70 miles. The road distance is 85.8 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 14 min to get from Exeter to Swanage, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter station to Swanage station. However, there are services departing from Exeter City Centre, Bus Station and arriving at Swanage, Bus Station via Axminster, Rail Station and Weymouth, Kings Statue. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 37 min.

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There are 586+ hotels available in Swanage. Prices start at $60 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Swanage.
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  • Distance: 69.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 14 min

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

You can take a bus from Exeter to Swanage via Dorchester, Dorchester South, Wool, and Wool Station in around 4 h 14 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Exeter to Swanage via Salisbury, Southampton Central, Wareham, and Northport, Bere Road in around 5 h 16 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Castle Cary
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$18 - $28
Advanced Single
$19 - $28
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $55
Train from Castle Cary to Upwey
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $19
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
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
$28 - $45
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Wareham
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Exeter Central to Axminster
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
More Bus
Website
morebus.co.uk
Bus from Wool Station to Swanage, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
morebus.co.uk
Bus from Northport, Bere Road to Swanage, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
morebus.co.uk
Bus from Weymouth, Kings Statue to Swanage, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
morebus.co.uk
Stagecoach South West
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Exeter City Centre, Bus Station to Axminster, Rail Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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