There are 5 ways to get from Southampton to Exeter by train, bus, car or plane

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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Train  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter Central

$40 - $69

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton to Exeter National Express

$13 - $18

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 6 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

Train, fly  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Exeter (EXT) LCY - EXT

$91 - $312

Questions & Answers

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 takes 2 h 7 min and costs £17 - £26.

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

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It takes approximately 3 h 4 min to get from Southampton to Exeter, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Southampton 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 4 min.

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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.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London City to Exeter
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $440
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
Train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
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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