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Exeter International Airport

Exeter International Airport is 6 miles east of the city. Flights connect with several UK cities, including Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and with the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.

Transport Options

Bus 56/56A/56B runs from Exeter St David's train station and Exeter bus station to Exeter International Airport (£3.90, 30 minutes), hourly between around 6.30am and 6.30pm.


Exeter's bus station is due a multimillion-pound revamp, during which time some services may depart from other locations. There's no set date. Check with the tourist office for the latest.

Services include the following.

Exmouth Bus 57 (£4.30, 35 minutes, two to four per hour).

Lyme Regis Bus 9A (£7.50, at least hourly, six on Sunday), via Beer. No Sunday service in winter.

Plymouth Bus X38 (£7.50, 1¼ hours, six daily Monday to Friday, four Saturday, two Sunday).

Sidmouth Bus 9/9A (£7, 35 minutes, two per hour Monday to Saturday, hourly on Sunday).

Topsham Bus 57 (£2.50, 10 minutes, two to four per hour).

Totnes Bus X64 (£6.10, 50 minutes, six or seven daily Monday to Saturday, two Sunday).


Exeter is at the southern end of the M5 motorway; junctions 29 and 30 provide useful, if congested, routes into the city. Most major car-hire firms have branches in the city or at the airport. The very centre of Exeter is off-limits to cars.


For main towns in Devon and Cornwall, it's generally much faster to take the train than the bus, though it's rarely cheaper. Main-line trains stopping at St David's train station include the following.

Bristol £29, 1¼ hours, half-hourly

London Paddington £71.20, 2½ hours, half-hourly

Paignton £7.70, 50 minutes, half-hourly

Penzance £21.80, three hours, half-hourly to hourly

Plymouth £9.70, one hour, half-hourly

Torquay £7.70, 45 minutes, half-hourly to hourly

Totnes £7, 35 minutes, half-hourly

Some branch-line services also go through Exeter Central train station.