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Exeter St David's Train Station


Exeter St Davids Station
Bonhay Road
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Station overview

A ticket office is available. Ticket office
Baby changing facilities are available. Baby changing facilities
A ticket machine is available. Ticket machine
A waiting room is available. Waiting room
Wheelchairs are available. Wheelchairs
Wi-Fi is available. Wi-Fi
A phone box is available. Phone box
Toilets are available. Toilets
A post box is available. Post box
Facility Information
Ticket office opening hours Monday to Friday: 05:45 to 20:40 Saturday: 06:15 to 20:00 Sunday: 07:30 to 20:40

Reservations and tickets requiring reservations are sold at the following times only: Weekdays (Mon-Fri) 08:45 - 19:40, Saturday 08:45 - 18:30 Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

Self service ticket machines A ticket machine is available.
Collection of pre-purchased tickets Collection of pre-purchased tickets is available.
Get Oyster card here Oyster Pre-Pay not is available.
Top up Oyster pay as you go here Oyster top up is not available.
Use Oyster pay as you go here Oyster top up is not available.
Service Information
British Transport Police 0800 40 50 40
CCTV CCTV systems are available.
Rail Replacement Service

Front of the station

Information Systems
  • Departure screens
  • Announcements
Service Information
Exeter St David's Station customer services

Please visit GWR Help & Support. Or contact our social media team @gwrhelp.

Left luggage Left luggage is not available.
Left luggage contact details


Lost property

Whether you’ve lost something on one of our trains or at a station, we’ll do our best to find it for you. Once we’ve got your details, we’ll start looking. Although it can take up to a week for things to reach us. Register your lost item here

Facility Information
Lounge A first class lounge is not available.
Lounge opening hours A first class lounge is not available.
Facility Information
Seating area A seating area is available.
Waiting rooms Waiting rooms are available.
Trolleys Trolleys are available.
Refreshment facilities Refreshment facilities are available.

Coffee shops and vending machines

Toilets Toilets are available.
Baby changing Baby changing facilities are available.
Pay phone Pay phones are available. Cards
Public Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is available.

Connect to "GWR Free Station WiFi"

Post box A Post box is available.
Tourist information office A tourist information office is not available.
Cashpoint An ATM machine is available.
Bureau de change A bureau de change is not available.
Shops Shops are available.

WHSmith, Coffee shops and vending machines

Showers Showers are not available.
Facility Information
Helpline information A helpline is not available
Helpline contact details
Customer help points Customer help points are available.
Staff help Staff help is available.

Meeting point: Gateline.

Staff help opening times Monday to Sunday:24 Hours a Day
Accessible ticket machines Accessible ticket machines are available.

Accessible ticket machines are located at the station entrance by the ticket office.

Accessible ticket office counter An accessible ticket office counter is not available.
Induction loop An induction loop is available.
Ramp for train access A ramp for train access is available.
Accessible taxis Accessible taxis are not available.
Accessible public pay phones Accessible public pay phones are not available.
National key toilets National key toilets are not available.
Step free access coverage Whole Station

Step free Category A station - All platforms can be accessed via Lifts from the sole main station entrance. For a video tour of the station visit:

Impaired mobility set down Impaired mobility set down Machine is available.
Disabled parking

Set- Down / Pick up Points are available at the station entrance.Assisted travel meeting point - Booking Office main entrance. Please notify a member of staff.

Wheelchairs Wheelchairs are available.
Ticket gates Ticket gates are present.
Station Car Park
Operator APCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Spaces 435
Opening times
  • Monday to Friday:24 Hours a Day
  • Saturday:24 Hours a Day
  • Sunday:24 Hours a Day
Contact details 0345 165 2030
Bus services available Bus services are available.
Bus services information

Information to plan your onward journey is available in a printable format here

Cycle storage available Cycle storage is available.
Storage type Racks, Stands
Spaces 175
Sheltered Yes
Storage location

Platform 1 and adjacent entrance

Transport Information
Taxi rank available

Taxi rank is available at the station entrance. If you require an accessible taxi please approach a member of staff.

Airport available Airport information is available.

Exeter Airport - Stagecoach operate a regular, daily bus service (route 56 Monday to Saturday; route 379 Sunday) from Exeter St Davids station forecourt to Exeter Airport.   Buy an Exeter PLUSBUS ticket with your train ticket, for the bus journey from the station to the airport.

Port available Port information is not available.

Exeter is a deeply historic city, and Exeter St. David’s train station is no different. Having been originally designed by none other than Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Exeter St. David’s is steeped in the history of British railway and civil engineering. The station began operating in 1844, and over the last 170 years has seen many new additions, changes, and renovations. Brunel’s original design featured two platforms, both on the East side of the station for easy access to the city. As the station has expanded its services, new platforms have been added and the layout altered. Never fear, though – that Victorian and art-deco charm from previous designs is still visible in the main façade (1864), art-deco signage (1938), and the station’s frontage (1938).

Not only does Exeter St. David’s Station have a storied history of its own, but it has earned a place in the history of literary culture. On his way back from Exeter to London, after a visit to Agatha Christie, Allen Lane – a director of Bodley Head – noticed a gap in the market for cheap, but quality, books available to purchase at the train station. This is how Penguin, paperbacks were born, which were first sold in the summer of 1935.

Originally servicing the Bristol & Exeter Railway, the station now has trains operated by Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, and CrossCountry running each day. Popular CrossCountry routes running through Exeter St. David’s include Exeter to Plymouth, Plymouth to Aberdeen, Newton Abbot to Birmingham, Newton Abbot to Sheffield, and more.

Things to do in Exeter

Exeter is a city full of fun activities, fascinating history, and interesting cultural experiences – meaning that there are always plenty of options for what to do when you arrive. #1 on any tourist’s list should be a visit to Exeter Cathedral with nearly one thousand years of religious and cultural heritage. With stunningly beautiful architecture, the voices of choristers, and a sense of peace on offer, why not pay a visit to Exeter Cathedral?

If you’re lucky with the weather and don’t feel like being indoors, the pubs, restaurants, and boutique shops around Exeter Quay are the perfect place to have a nice stroll. With restored architecture and a nautical setting, this is an ideal spot to recharge with a cup of tea, a slice of cake, lunch, or maybe even a pint.

If you’re eager to soak up more history and culture, check out the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery or take a tour of the secret underground passages all over the city. The Museum houses exhibits on ancient Egypt, natural history, and medicine, and hosts lectures, talks, and special events that cover a wide range of history. Exeter’s underground passages are unlike anything else in Britain, so make sure to check them out on your visit with a guided tour from local experts. From global antiquity to local heritage, Exeter has a lot for you to learn.


How far from Exeter St. Davids Station to Exeter Town?

The walk to Exeter city centre is just under a mile depending on the destination, taking around 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can cut your journey down to 5-10 minutes by catching one of a few bus options from Exeter St. Davids.

How many train stations are there in Exeter?

There are three train stations in the city centre. Exeter St. Davids, Exeter Central, and Exeter St. Thomas train stations all operate in the centre of the city, with a number of suburban stations running additional services.

Can you park at Exeter St. Davids train station?

Yes, there are short-stay and long-stay options in the car park at the front of Exeter St. Davids train station, which is open 24hrs, 7 days a week. The car park address is Bonhay Road, Exeter, EX4 4NT.

Does Exeter St. Davids train station have WiFi?

Yes, public WiFi is available at Exeter St. David’s Train Station.

How many platforms are there at Exeter St. Davids Station?

There are 6 public platforms at Exeter St. Davids Train Station.

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