Travel from Bristol to Exeter in comfort with CrossCountry. Our passengers can take advantage of our Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure.
The journey from Bristol to Exeter takes you past the coast and through some of the most beautiful countryside in England. As you travel, you will catch glimpses of several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as the rolling hills, shady woodland and quaint villages that lie in between. Travel from Bristol Temple Meads to Exeter Saint David’s station in less than an hour in one of our comfortable modern trains.
Travelling to Exeter
First CrossCountry train - 06:07
Last CrossCountry train - 21:45
Travelling from Bristol to Exeter
Exeter is a beautiful, compact city that makes the perfect base from which to explore the rest of Devon and beyond. Travelling by train is always an excellent choice, whether you’re visiting for the day and simply want to explore the city, or are staying for longer and wish to explore the amazing surrounding countryside. The location has been settled since before the Romans arrived, meaning there is plenty of history to uncover, but the city is also full of all the modern conveniences you might expect from a vibrant local centre.
Are there direct trains from Bristol to Exeter?
Yes, there are regular CrossCountry trains between Bristol and Exeter, with no need to change.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Bristol to Exeter?
All CrossCountry trains between Bristol and Exeter live up to CrossCountry’s usual standards. We provide an at-seat service of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments, as well as plentiful seating choices, charge points as standard and luggage storage space. If you’re looking for a little more luxury, we recommend booking a seat in our First Class coach.
Does Exeter St David’s have step-free access?
Exeter St David’s has step-free access throughout the station. There is assistance reaching platforms for those who require it, as well as ramps for train access. Accessible ticket machines are also available.
How far is the city centre?
Exeter St David’s station is located just outside the city centre. Regular buses, as well as an onwards train journeys, link the station to the city centre in less than five minutes. Alternatively, the city centre is a pleasant 15-minute walk from the station.
Does the station have family areas?
Exeter St David’s station has waiting rooms and baby changing facilities which are open for use for all families. Families may also choose to wait in one of the three cafés in the station.
For further information about Exeter St David’s, station check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Exeter
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Exeter
Exeter has excellent bus services linking the city centre with the surrounding areas, making it the perfect choice for onwards travel. However, if you prefer to travel more directly, a taxi rank is adjacent to the station.
Shopping in Exeter
Exeter is the perfect choice for shopaholics of all types. Whether you’re looking for some high street favourites or want to unearth completely unique pieces, there’s something here for everyone. The award-winning Princesshay shopping centre is a big draw in the region for good reason. Here, you will find an excellent selection of well-known brands as well as independent stores, plus a wide variety of restaurants and cafés perfect for resting weary legs. If you’re looking for something different, head to the West Quarter, where you will find many quirky shops jumbled together in old buildings and hidden away down unusual arcades, all adding to the city’s vintage charm.
Culture in Exeter
Exeter is a bustling regional centre, which really does offer something for everyone – whether you’re looking for something for the family, a romantic weekend or even a fun holiday away with your mates. For food lovers, Exeter definitely has its draws; surrounded by lush, fertile countryside, there’s an emphasis on fresh local produce at the local eateries that will make you taste buds tingle. There’s also a strong prominence of the arts and there’s always something on at one of the many music or theatre venues. For those who have an interest in history, we recommend heading to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum which has an excellent selection of exhibits. However, if art is more your thing, the Exeter Phoenix is not to be missed, as it has one of the best collections of contemporary art in the UK.