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

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Train  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter Central

$40 - $69

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Bus  •  5 h 15 min

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

$13 - $18

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Dorchester South
  2. Take the bus from Dorchester, South Station to Axminster, Rail Station X51
  3. Take the bus from Axminster, Rail Station to Exeter City Centre, Bus Station 4 / ...

$35 - $47

Drive  •  2 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Exeter 108.7 miles

$23 - $35

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

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Exeter is to drive which costs £17 - £26 and takes 2 h 7 min.

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

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No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Exeter. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Exeter Central via Salisbury. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 3 min.

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The distance between Southampton and Exeter is 94 miles. The road distance is 108.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Exeter without a car is to train which takes 3 h 3 min and costs £30 - £55.

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It takes approximately 3 h 3 min to get from Southampton to Exeter, including transfers.

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Southampton to Exeter bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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

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The best way to get from Southampton to Exeter is to train which takes 3 h 3 min and costs £30 - £55. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £10 - £14 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Southampton to Exeter.
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  • Distance: 94.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 3 min

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

South Western Railway operates a train from Southampton to Exeter hourly. Tickets cost $29 - $45 and the journey takes 1 h 50 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Southampton to Exeter 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 Salisbury to Exeter Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Dorchester South
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
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 Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Exeter
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stagecoach South West
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Axminster, Rail Station to Exeter City Centre, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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Southampton to Exeter bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Exeter station.

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Southampton to Exeter train services, operated by South Western Railway, arrive at Exeter Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Southampton to Exeter is 109 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 7 min to drive from Southampton to Exeter.

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