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Your journey from Plymouth to Exeter will be a stunning one, as you ride along the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park and along the coast towards Exeter. Enjoy the scenery as you travel across areas of outstanding natural beauty and admire quaint villages as you pass by them.
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Travelling to Exeter
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Travelling from Plymouth to Exeter
Exeter is a city of individuality and is one of the most vibrant, attractive and historically interesting cities in England. Its existence pre-dates the arrival of the Romans, meaning Exeter has a long and rich history for its visitors to uncover. That doesn’t mean that the city isn’t fully equipped with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a lively town centre though. Whether you want to be taken back in time and learn about the city’s past, eat in one of its boutique cafes or enjoy some long country walks, Exeter is the perfect base to explore the rest of Devon and beyond.
Are there direct trains from Plymouth to Exeter?
CrossCountry runs regular direct trains from Plymouth to Exeter, and the journey takes about an hour.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Plymouth to Exeter?
As with all CrossCountry trains, our service from Plymouth to Exeter provides ease and comfort for all our customers. Plentiful luggage storage space, seating choices and charge points for your electricals, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments, will be sure to keep you content. If you’d like an even better service, why not upgrade to First Class?
Does Exeter St David’s have step-free access?
Exeter St David’s is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. The entire station offers step-free access, plus ramps for train access and special assistance getting to and from platforms. Accessible ticket machines are also available.
How far is the city centre?
The city centre is a pleasant 15-minute walk from Exeter St David’s station. Regular buses as well as an onwards train journey link the station to the city centre in less than five minutes.
Does the station have family areas?
Families visiting Exeter St David’s station can make use of the stations waiting rooms and baby changing facilities. There are cafes at the station, should your family need a bite to eat or drink.
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
Bus services link the city centre with the surrounding areas, making it easy to explore Devon and its surroundings. If you prefer to travel more directly, a taxi rank can be found adjacent to the station.
Shopping in Exeter
Exeter offers a memorable shopping experience with a beautiful backdrop. Well known high-street stores, chic boutiques and stylish independent stores aplenty mean you can shop till you drop! At the heart of the city you will find the award winning Princesshay shopping centre, home to well-known brands and independent stores, as well as a range of restaurants and cafes. For something a little more quirky, West Quarter sits among historic old buildings and interesting arcades. Here you will find antiques, art and crafts, alongside boutique shops and cute cafes.
Culture in Exeter
Exeter is renowned in the south west for its independent art scene and there’s always something on at one of the many music or theatre venues. The Exeter Phoenix is not to missed by art lovers, as it has one of the best collections of contemporary art in the UK. Those interested in history should visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum which has an excellent selection of exhibits. Situated in the heart of Devon, Exeter is surrounded by lush, fertile countryside; perfect for adventurous activities or if you prefer, a relaxing walk enjoying the stunning scenery. The city has an emphasis on fresh local produce, so make sure to visit one of the local eateries.