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

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Train  •  3h 3m

  1. Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter Central

$40 - $69

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Bus  •  5h 15m

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

$13 - $18

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  3h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton City Centre, WestQuay to Salisbury, Endless Street X7 / ...
  2. Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter Central

$31 - $48

Bus via Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to Exeter National Express

$18 - $25

Drive  •  2h 7m

  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 5h 15m.

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

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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 5h 15m.

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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 3h 3m.

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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 3h 3m and costs £30 - £55.

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It takes approximately 3h 3m 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 3h 3m and costs £30 - £55. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £10 - £14 and takes 5h 15m.

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

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 1h 49m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Southampton to Exeter once daily. Tickets cost $13 - $18 and the journey takes 5h 15m.

Train operators
Bus operators
Salisbury Reds
Phone
+44 1202 338420
Website
salisburyreds.co.uk
Bus from Southampton City Centre, WestQuay to Salisbury, Endless Street
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
salisburyreds.co.uk
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
5h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
National Express
Bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
National Express
Bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to Exeter
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
National Express

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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 2h 7m to drive from Southampton to Exeter.

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