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There are 6 ways to get from Waterloo Station to Exeter by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train via London Paddington

  1. Take the train from London Paddington to Exeter St Davids

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Exeter Sidwell St

Train

  1. Take the train from London Waterloo to Exeter Central

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Exeter

Drive

  1. Drive from Waterloo Station to Exeter

Fly

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Exeter (EXT)

Waterloo Station to Exeter by subway and train

The journey time between Waterloo Station and Exeter is around 2h 39m and covers a distance of around 177 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 5 min. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 23m. Operated by London Underground (Tube) and First Great Western Service, the Waterloo Station to Exeter service departs from Waterloo station and arrives in Exeter St Davids. Typically 187 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
2h 34m
Layover time:
5 min
Total time:
2h 39m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
2h 23m
Journey distance:
177 miles
Services per week:
187
Cheapest price:
£62
Carbon emissions:
14 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:15
Last service departs at:
23:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Waterloo Station to Exeter subway and train schedules

Departing Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Waterloo Station → Exeter
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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Waterloo Station to Exeter is to bus, which costs £9 - £13 and takes 5h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Waterloo Station to Exeter is to train via London Paddington which costs £60 - £80 and takes 2h 56m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Waterloo Station station to Exeter. However, there are services departing from Waterloo StationUpper Taxi Rd and arriving at Exeter Sidwell St via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 34m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Waterloo and arriving at Exeter Central. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 17m.

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The distance between Waterloo Station and Exeter is 159 miles. The road distance is 175 miles.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Exeter without a car is to train via London Paddington which takes 2h 56m and costs £60 - £80.

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It takes approximately 2h 56m to get from Waterloo Station to Exeter, including transfers.

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Waterloo Station to Exeter bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Victoria Coach Station.

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Waterloo Station to Exeter train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from London Waterloo station.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Exeter is to train via London Paddington which takes 2h 56m and costs £60 - £80. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £9 - £13 and takes 5h 34m, you could also fly, which costs £65 - £240 and takes 5h 37m.

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  • Distance: 158.5 miles
  • Duration: 2h 56m

What companies run services between Waterloo Station, Greater London, England and Exeter, England?

First Great Western Service operates a train from London Paddington to Exeter St Davids hourly. Tickets cost £60 - £75 and the journey takes 2h 8m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Exeter Sidwell St 5 times a day. Tickets cost £8 - £11 and the journey takes 4h 15m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London Gatwick to Exeter via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £220
Flights from London Gatwick to Exeter via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£65 - £270
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Exeter via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £220
Aurigny
Website
aurigny.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Exeter via Guernsey
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £260
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Exeter via Alicante
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
£30 - £180
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Exeter via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £250
Train operators
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 London Victoria Coach Station to Exeter Sidwell St
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£8 - £11
Website
National Express
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Exeter
Ave. Duration
3h 46m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£15 - £26
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from London Gatwick Airport to Exeter Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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Waterloo Station to Exeter bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Exeter Sidwell St station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Waterloo Station to Exeter is 175 miles. It takes approximately 3h 15m to drive from Waterloo Station to Exeter.

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British Airways, Loganair, Aer Lingus and four other airlines offer flights from London Gatwick Airport to Exeter Airport.

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There are 295+ hotels available in Exeter. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Waterloo Station and Exeter. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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